Archive for the ‘Heist’ Category

This is quite the surprising indie-action thriller !

Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughan are detectives who get suspended after one of them was filmed using an unorthodox technique during a drug bust. They are in financial need – at least Mel Gibson’s character is – and decide to steal money from a criminal. Little do they know that they will get caught up in a horrifying heist.

It’s a very entertaining movie. The acting is solid. Mel Gibson gets rave reviews for this part and with reason. Vince Vaughn and Tory Kittles are excellent too. But the directing is excellent. It’s a slow movie and the scenes are long, but that’s sooo important right now. There’s a whole new generation who will find this incredibly boring, because of its pace and superfluous scenes, but it’s quite nice to see a new movie that shows scenes and not one second fragments. That one scene in the car during the stakeout where Vince Vaughan enjoys eating a sandwich and Mel Gibson then says, after 4 minutes or so, that ‘a single ant could have eaten it faster’… Well that scene is typical for the movie.

There’s also a scene in which a guy tries to swallow an important key to hide it from others. What happens next is predictable, but also done in a very detailed way. It’s pure gore, but clever and detailed and just totally fucked up. But hey, that’s what cinema should be.

Yup. Recommending this. Even though most viewers will find it pretentious. 

Ocean’s 8 – **

Posted: July 18, 2018 in 2018, Crime/Detective, Heist, USA, XX

It’s quite remarkable to make a heist movie with an all-female cast that is quite entertaining without ever being funny, mesmerizing, action-packed or thrilling. Maybe it’s just the speed at which the story unfolds and the clever editing. The soundtrack is good too and it all just looks like pure fun. It’s definitely not the story itself. A bunch of women decide to steal a century old necklace during the Met Gala. Mission impossible, made possible, by making it look easy. It’s also not the great acting. Apart from Anne Hathaway maybe, none of the stars really convince. No, this is a movie, which doesn’t annoy, even entertains at moments, but is so easily forgotten.

So, ‘retired’ director Soderbergh made his comeback with yet another heist story. Coen brothers style. It wasn’t a hit. It got rave reviews, sure, but it flopped at the box office and didn’t win awards. It starts of good, as a quirky comedy, a gentle satire. But then it becomes an action thriller without suspense. The humor dies after a while, which is sad. The unique characters just become way too serious at one point. The over the top performances aren’t really helping either. The lead actors (Adam Driver and Channing Tatum) are surprisingly good. The supporting actors (a.o. Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig) are embarrassingly bad. Somehow this movie doesn’t work. But hey, give it a shot. Maybe you just have to be in the mood for a daft story.

Nothing much to write about this exciting heist movie. The acting is good (even by Ben Affleck). The directing is great (as expected from Ben Affleck). The story is captivating and the action is thrilling. See it!

The Drop – **

Posted: September 24, 2014 in 2014, Crime/Detective, Drama, Heist, USA, XX1/2

It’s not easy to  create a captivating and atmospheric crime drama with a lousy story, but director Michael Roskam and lead actor Tom Hardy pull it off with The Drop. There’s nothing thrilling or exciting about the story, but the movie keeps you entertained for 100 minutes thanks to those two. Sure, the writers should be given some credit for creating a character like Bob Saginowski, but still. It’s Tom Hardy who embodies him like it’s his debut role and it’s Michael Roskam who gives him a fabulous stage to shine.

It’s a crime drama though, which has its fans and foes. Like romantic comedies. If you’re a fan, you’ll like this one. If you just have seen too many of them, you won’t.

The Drop focuses on the bartender of a bar, which is owned by gangsters and occasionally used by them to drop dirty money in empty beer barrels. A hold up in the beginning of the movie makes you realize that the story will lead up to a hold up of the same bar on the night it features as the drop bar. Great premise. But the hold up story is only second fiddle to the less appealing tale of a seemingly quiet and reserved bartender working in a gangster world who finds affection when he discovers a pit bull dog in a garbage bin and encounters its crazy former owner and the owner’s troubled ex girl friend. Yawn.

The commercially inefficient original title was Animal Rescue, but they could have just called it Bob Saginowski. The best way to enjoy it is to watch it as a character study. Forget the whole drop. It’s just a setting.

Pups – **

Posted: November 9, 2011 in 1999, Coming Of Age, Drama, Heist, Social Drama, USA, XX

In all its amateurism, this really isn’t a bad movie at all. It still is controversial, even though it dates from 1999. A thirteen year old finds a gun in his mother’s closet and shows it to his girl friend, who’s impressed. They walk to school and pass by a bank, which gives the kid an idea: let’s be cool and rob the bank! The bank robbing quickly turns into a heavily mediatized hostage situation.

Okay, the premise is bad. And the whole bank robbing / hostage situation makes no sense whatsoever. BUT this isn’t heist movie at all. It’s a reflection of our modern-day society and how fucked up it can be for certain kids. During the movie you get to learn a bit more about these young Bonnie and Clydes. They each have their problems. The main problem is that they don’t feel loved and that they are surrounded by influences of the adult world which they cannot put in perspective yet. The adult world (money, sex, violence) is so present in our society that kids don’t know how to deal with it correctly.

Apparently this movie was premiered a few days before the Columbine High School killings and was thus never released because of its similarities.

The acting is bad. The story is bad. The depiction and stereotyping of the characters is bad.

However, I really liked the dialogue (even though it was delivered badly). There were some really interesting reflections there. And, despite the low-budget, the directing wasn’t all that bad either. I finished the movie. I really got annoyed by every single character, but maybe that was the point. And I totally get what director Ash Baron Cohen (cousin of Sasha) wanted to point out.