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The Blues Brothers

posted Mar 28, 2015, 7:45 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 7:45 AM ]
1980 saw the release of The Blues Brothers, an action comedy chronicling the efforts of two brothers to save an orphanage by committing as much crime as possible. While the tale of Jake and Elwood Blues is nowhere near as dark and twisted as the Con City novels, The Blues Brothers nevertheless provided a good deal of inspiration for Con City. Why? Because it's completely batshit insane, that's why.

The day after Jake Blues gets out of prison, he and his brother are sent on a quest to save an orphanage. Of course Jake's first idea is to stage a heist, but the old nun running the orphanage will have none of that, so the two brothers instead decide to get their old band together. Between them and their success are the Illinois police force who seem hell bent on putting Jake Blues back behind bars, Jake's ex-fiance who tries blowing him up with a bazooka barely fifteen minutes into the film, a group of angry country musicians, and the Illionis nazis, among other things. The resulting carnage reaches epic scales very quickly, well illustrated by the fact that this is a lighthearted comedy about musicians featuring an abundance of explosions, gunfights, and car chases.

The film stars Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and features several famous musicians from Aretha Franklin to Ray Charles. Well worth your time, either with four fried chickens or some white bread toast.