This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
A Los Angeles crime saga
Obsessive master thief Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though they are aware their cat-and-mouse game may end in violence.
"Three hours was the wrong running time for this movie," began my negative "review" 18 years ago, just a few months after I launched my site. "It should have run either 90 minutes, or seven hours." That I somehow failed to appreciate the rampant awesomeness on display here boggles the mind; for all his idiocy, though, younger me did have a point, if not yet an available countermodel. Today, Heat looks like a hugely condensed season of first-rate television, with the sprawling narrative and multi-character arcs we now associate with that medium. (See also: Contagion.) Bump it up to 10 or 12 hours on HBO and the material that currently feels thin—Kilmer and Judd's rocky marriage, Portman's depression, Fichtner's…
This remains the quintessential Michael Mann film, an epic summation of his preoccupations and interests. It is a cataclysmic stand-off between worthy adversaries, the driven cop and the master thief, and a riveting portrait of men operating at a rarefied level of proficiency. The unflagging pursuit of career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) and his hard-boiled crew by LAPD detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) as they plot to take down one last score provided the basis for the crime saga of the nineties, a super-charged set-up as potent as it was elemental. The relative simplicity of the plot allows Mann to explore the psyche of these men that seem to simultaneously thrive within and stand apart from the maelstrom their…
Film #9 of My Definitive Ranking of Michael Mann
Cause she's got a great ass!
The 1990's were arguably the golden era for scenery-chewing actors. Unsubtle and bold, it was a trend that is easily reflected in the best actor wins from that decade. This is what you'd expect from Heat, a legendary pairing of two of history's most intense and strong actors in Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. You'd expect the film to feature many more collisions between the two powerhouses, but rather than exploit that talent, Mann instead vies for parallelism between the two. Further, De Niro's performance is relatively subdued compared to his earlier work. Yes, there are big moments to be seen, but for the…
”What am I doing? I'm talking to an empty telephone…Cause there is a dead man on the other end of this fuckin' line.”
I heard that quote when I watched Cashback the other night. “I love that fookin film! You should see it on my plasma! Boom boom ratta tatta blam blam!” a character exclaimed. And this gave me the craziest idea… I went out and picked up Heat on Blu-Ray today and decided to watch it for the first time since owning a Blu-Ray player. I had previously only seen it on VHS and DVD…
I poured myself a drink, opened up the window to feel the nice spring air, cranked up my tv, and let the sounds of…
So many ideas at play here; a true city film, of and about people trying to live their separate lives in spaces too big for any individual to make it on their own. It's just a very sad film because our two heroes are lonely cowboys dedicated more to their work than the people around them, one could say that they are defined by their work - who are they without their function in society? The few glimpses of real connections are short lived besides maybe that final shot which can carry on for eternity before a last cut to black. I still take this sort of epic myth-making over Mann's later, more abstract work (sorry guys, Blackhat is pretty great but I prefer this).
Heat opens with De Niro's McCauley descending from above wearing an EMT uniform, one of many costumes/false identities he'll don throughout the course of the movie as he quietly blends in with the masses of baseball and barbecue loving "normals.*" At other times he's framed at high vantage points, hovering over the city and recalling in my mind the famous poster art for Feuillade's FANTOMAS. This is the great American crime movie of my lifetime. The roles of cop and robber are expanded to mythic proportions, the movements are operatic (hovering at times somewhere between soap opera and pulp fiction), the action scenes are grounded and thrilling... I think it's pretty much perfect.
As in classic mythology, when gods clash…
One cool shootout doesn't ensure a great movie.
Michael Mann's magnum opus; the LA crime saga which is cops and robbers on a grand scale.
Al Pacino's manic cop goes face to face with Robert de Niro's cool and collected robber over bungled robberies and coffee.
An undisputed classic with possibly the greatest cast assembled in the 1990s.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's funny how you are watching an intense Thriller, but still get an in depth study of human relationships. Pacino's character having a serious long term relationship while De Niro's character is experiencing a young and fresh love. Meanwhile, the guy played by Kilmer is having a very similar relationship to Pacino (except of the child being his own), but he is one the same site as De Niro and shares his delinquent passion. In the end, they are all very committed to the ones they love and they all have a strong bond with their friends (cops on the one site/ robbers at the other site). On the other hand, each of these guys portraits a certain collection of…
3rd time watching this bad boy that intimately weaves together and chronicles the professional and personal lives of cops and robbers as they go head to head. Mann takes his time letting us get to know both sides. I love the way it doesn't focus on one side either the criminal or police aspect like most of these movies.
Instead De Niro's and Pacino's characters (two of my favourite american actors) are treated like two gladiators duelling with respect and honour. This is one of those films for me that gets better every time I watch it. First time round wasn't thrilled much myself. Second time round I really enjoyed it and this time I adored it. With some of the best Heist scenes in movie history Heat is not to be missed!
An action-packed, crime thriller masterpiece. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and every other mother fucker you remember from the 90s. Michael Mann is my lord and savior and I am not worthy.
The bad guys always eventually end up... Dead. Long. Slow. Yet fascinating menl struggles.
i'm in love i'm in love and i don't care who knows it
"Told you I'm never going back".
I want to go back in time and slap myself in the face for not watching this sooner.
Throughout the first half of this movie I was thinking to myself "this movie is pretty damn good, but not as good as I've heard people say". Then the second half happened.
That restaurant scene. That bank heist. That ending. Genuinely one of the best, most satisfying movie endings I've ever seen. I feel like I can't give this film anything less than the score I'm giving it. Definitely not a perfect movie, but undoubtedly a magnificent one.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…