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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…
"A guy told me one time, don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you feel the heat coming around the corner."
I mean. This movie. Pretty great. Pacino. DeNiro. Two men connected by their respective damning devotion to what they do. It's brilliantly constructed, the way the stories of their lives run parallel to one another as they're both destroyed by their unwillingness to change. By itself, the scene where they meet in the diner makes the movie worth watching. It comes halfway through the movie and serves as the thesis statement for what comes before and what comes after. This is Michael Mann's best movie. It's three hours of excess, but as a whole, it's excessively amazing.
Fantastic. Heat set the bar for contemporary crime films, and its influence (from the subtle to straight-up lifts) can be seen down through the cinema, TV and video games that have followed it.
Michael Mann was so keen to get all the facets of Heat right, that he even did a made for TV movie (LA Takedown) in advance as a 'dry run'. It certainly shows, as Heat is a film as carefully crafted as they come.
The cop/criminal duality is a favourite of filmmakers, and has given us some great movies (John Woo's The Killer being one of my faves). However, Heat takes this concept and turns in a true epic. Even many of the minor characters' lives are…
Such an exhilarating and engaging picture that runs nearly 3 hours, but never for a minute feels as if it is slow or not moving forward. A morality tale showing both sides of crime and how it affects those involved. Another thing that Heat does so well it sketch out the supporting characters and their lives outside of being criminals, which lends much more resonance to moments where they are in harms way. Spectacular in every aspect, whether performances or technical.
Added to Michael Mann Films Ranked
THAT WAS ONE HELL OF A RIDE.
Probably the best heist movie of all time. Pacino and DeNiro's performances are career highlights, and its brilliant to see them together om screen. But the whole cast is a fantastic mix of actors all bringing their A game. Superbly written and directed, it only gets better with age.
One of the greatest crime pictures of all time and one of my favorite movies. Great writing with so many masterful scenes. The movie stands out amongst the others because it is less concerned with cops and robbers, heists and action scenes (even though they are still meticulously crafted) and more concerned with the characters and how the cop and robber are more alike than you think, their dedication to both of their jobs takes a toll on their personal lives. It's a real credit to the, the writing, directing, and the acting that we truly root for both of them to win.
Hands down, Michael Mann's best. DeNiro and Pacino do some of their best work here. When you think of "L.A. movies", this is top on the list. Cinematography and action sequences are top notch. A must see.
Heat is arguably the greatest action film of the '90s. I consider it a masterpiece. It has a perfect script, a brilliantly constructed story, and it is a film with a marvelous direction courtesy of Michael Mann. It's nearly three hours long but each minute felt like a second. The entire cast was superb, and of course, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in particular were beyond great in it. Both delivered one of the finest performances of their respective careers.
For years I have said to anyone who would listen, that I thought Heat, the 1995 Michael Mann film starring Al 'I've played the devil' Pacino and Robert 'hey, me too!' Deniro, was much overrated. After, just now watching said film, I would like to say the film Heat is not overrated. Unless you think Heat rates much above a low to middling eight, then I revert to my original opinion. Hint: overrated.
I love the procedural elements of Mr. Mann's movies. They are muy mucho. However, his dialoguings and character work can edge toward the poetic and/or melodramatical. That said, I loved that Judd's character stuck by her psychotic and flawed man when push came to shove. Then again,…
"You don't live with me, you live among the remains of dead people. You sift through the detritus, you read the terrain, you search for signs of passing, for the scent of your prey, and then you hunt them down. That's the only thing you're committed to. The rest is the mess you leave as you pass through."
I put off watching Michael Mann's 1995 heist-opera for years, partly out of fear of dialogue like the above quote, and partly because it appeared so bombastic and over-the-top compared to what I liked about Manhunter and Thief. But Mann's way with mood, music, and atmosphere won me over for the duration, all 170 minutes of it.
Heist FIlms: August 2014
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- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
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- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
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