Saturday, April 27, 2013

Heist (2001)

Synopsis: The title is “Heist”. What do YOU think this movie’s about?

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: "Getting the goods? Easy. Getting away after the robbery? Veteran thief Joe Moore knows that's always the hard part. But he soon discovers that getting away from a life of crime is the hardest escape of all."

What Did I Learn?: 1) If you’ve just ripped off some gangsters, and you have a plane ticket to the  Caribbean in your hot little hand, GO! Don’t wait a few hours to walk your niece to the school bus. 2) Apparently, among thieves, the word “lame” is often used as a noun.

You Might Like This Movie If: you're in the mood for a Heist. A thick, meaty, juicy, delicious Heist.

Really?: Wow.... Joe Moore (Hackman) knows about boats, jets, explosives, metal smelting, and he’s a natural-born actor, and he can kick the crap out of a much-younger man in a fistfight. Is there anything this guy can’t do? 2) Funny how the cops get a clear video of Joe’s face during a robbery and then... this plot point is pretty much dropped soon afterward. 3) Can somebody really walk, let alone fight (albeit with a gun, not fists) after being shot in the leg?

Rating: Heist is an enjoyable-yet-forgettable crime thriller. There are plenty of twists and turns in this movie, and David Mamet does a decent job with the dialogue (I love the exchange: “Don’t you want to hear my last words?”, “I just did”), but the third act is *ahem* lame, and it’s tough to give a shit about any of these characters. 7/10 stars.

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