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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…
”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…
Film #57 of Project 90
”Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”
Michael Mann is at his most exciting form here, with Heat he once again tells the story of lonely men who can’t live a regular life, men who are doomed to live a painful life where it is impossible to achieve peace and delight, his heroes aren’t made to enjoy life, they should fight for their salvation till the end and that salvation often costs them dearly. What makes Heat so unique is that here we have two men who are supposed to fight each other and beat…
Arguably Michael Mann's best film. An all action crime thriller with some of the best shoot-out's in recent cinema history,this bristles with an edgy script and stylised violence the Michael Mann way.
Robert De Niro is the career criminal and expert professional thief who leads a crack team of bank and armoured car robbers. On his trail is obsessive cop Pacino who appreciates the skill and tenacity of De Niro's crew. A grudging admiration develops as the criminals and the LAPD attempt to outsmart each other as a cat and mouse game of deception develops.
Tom Sizemore, a brilliant Val Kilmer and Danny Trejo round out De Niro's team. From the opening robbery to the almost operatic bank heist this…
After watching Public Enemies earlier, I decided to revisit Michael Mann's filmography. And what better place to start than Heat? As with Public Enemies, I was reminded of just how great it actually is. It's a masterpiece, that doesn't receive enough credit. The whole film just screams quality: from the fantastic performances, to the superb direction and editing, to the outstanding soundtrack and sound design. It's a gripping thrill ride, that carries Mann's signatures, creating a truly great heist film.
Two of the most famous actors of all time, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, give fantastic performances. While they aren't quite Godfather II quality, they're great all around. Val Kilmer also does well in his supporting role. The whole…
Heat was a movie I was interested in seeing for some time. I was mainly interested in it's bank heist theme and Los Angeles setting, as well as the on-screen presence of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I recently added Heat to my DVD collection and I will say for the record that it was definitely worth the watch. It is without a doubt one of the most compelling crime films that I have seen in while. Everything from it's action, dialogue, characters, atmosphere and more kept me entertained from start to finish.
The movie has a unique narrative that switches between different characters throughout. Robert De Niro plays Neil McCauley, a professional career criminal who leads a team…
MANN'S CRIME CLASSIC
A quintessential action film that has stayed relevant to today. Mann did an excellent job of creating enough character drama that the action did not need to carry the film on its own though it nearly could.
Knowing beforehand the legacy of Pacino and De Niro only laid a backdrop to the film and did not over hype it. Pacino certainly has a strange way of portraying a harried veteran detective in the film, bordering on the unbelievable, but in scenes one-on-one with De Niro, I couldn't help but think I should be memorizing these lines to add to the collection of 'classic movie lines.'
To be successful in my mind, an action film needs to deliver on the action…
After watching the movie I looked at the run time and was shocked to find out that the movie was 170 minutes long because it didn't feel its length at all. 'Heat' is the second Mann movie I've seen I had high expectations of this after the mediocre "Public Enemies" and my expectations were blown away. "Heat" is an incredibly sophisticated and very entertaining action movie, featuring two of the greatest actors of there time. This is the first movie that Al Pacino and Robert De Niro appear onscreen in a movie, (The Godfather Part 2 the scenes were from separate timelines). A movie which has Al Pacino fight off against De Niro has so much potential and it doesn't…
This movie was very, very pleasurable. That can't be overstated. I have minor quibbles with a few plot lines that I didn't see the need for, Mann's disinterest in female anything, and an oversimplified main thesis (repeated by DeNiro multiple times in case anyone misses it), but I was positively giddy in my seat for most of three hours.
The acting is top notch, from Kilmer to the dual lead performances of DeNiro & Pacino. Pacino is all over the intensity scale, but hits the right tone when it counts. Even knowing it was coming, the famous diner conversation did not disappoint, as Mann and his actors showed restraint in both speech and pacing.
Interestingly, I watched this film in the…
"Because she's got a... GREAT ASS!"
Good: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro at their best. Rich characterisation. Very detailed without getting boring. One of the best shootouts to ever be on screen. Great direction, script, and storytelling. I rarely take note on this but the fonts used for the title and beginning credits are perfect for this film - modern yet gritty and they still hold up today.
Bad: Not sure, this film was really good.
Overall: Honestly, I was a bit weary about watching an almost 3 hour film since my attention starts to wane after 2 hours; however, this is one of those rare films that works with such a timeline due to how many characters this…
I should note that although I checked the box saying I've seen this movie before, it was only a partial viewing previously. I'd probably seen about 60% of this film before doing the full viewing last night. Heat has your typical Michael Mann feel to it, which certainly isn't a complaint or meant to be taken as a negative. A lot of the scenes focus on the interactions between two characters, with a very steady camera shot that goes on longer than usual, but thanks to the generally great dialogue time passes by.
The scene with Pacino and DeNiro in the diner for instance has great dialog, and they instantly appear to be old friends reminiscing about the ups and…
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