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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…
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…
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…
I don't know. This movie was sold to me as the undisputed Michael Mann masterpiece and one of the greatest movies of the 90's. And I mean overall it is good: it's a very rich, character-driven action/drama. But it's also long and sprawling and occasionally unfocused. And then towards the end it takes a dark turn that I don't think it earns, and doesn't even use it for any real satisfying emotional goal.
The (violent) bromance between De Niro and Pacino works exceptionally well and all of the characters have some sort of backstory which makes the world of the movie feel real, but a lot of it is also unnecessary or tangential. Which I realize is a pretty small…
"You don't live with me, you live among the remains of dead people... 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" - Justine Hanna
Heat is like very few other action triller films as it provides the intensity and fast pacing a Michael Mann action film requires but adds philosophy and substantial themes to create a film experience that is both outstanding and heavy paced. For none of our characters are truly good nor evil but rather have been caught up with their own demons. In a cat and mouse…
For some reason I am obsessed with this movie. I have seen it all the way through at least six or seven times. I would not say that it is a masterpiece or a cinematic milestone or anything like that. But I like a movie that can be slow-paced and still hold my attention, and this is one of those. Bonus points for the classic bit of Al Pacino overacting where he yells "GREAT ASS!!!!"
One of those movies I just have to watch again every few years. It's Mann's brilliant tribute to his classic Miami Vice series, memorable for the great performances of De Niro and Pacino, and for the intense, extensive street shootout scene.
Don't know what it is with Heat, but I really struggle to get into it.
The sleek style and ominous tone gives off a vibe of real cinematic thrills that could be seen as lost on a TV screen, with an obvious noir influence from things like The Naked City or even Chinatown. But I often just find myself struggling to connect with the characters, they're defined by their roles in a way that doesn't evoke a history behind their characters, they just seem unhappy because of their jobs.
Not to say they're unlikable, just not interesting to me. They're consumed by the visual style and often I find myself zoning out the dialogue and just focusing on the soundscape…
Heat continues to be the perfect Heist film (even if it is about half an hour too long).
Liked it a lot.
Vincent Hanna : "I say what I mean and I do what I say."
This is not just a gripping crime thriller, it's also an enthralling character study. On the surface, it looks like a simple cops-and-robbers affair. But once you look “through-the-looking-glass” :D the layers will reveal to yourself, and you will discover a complex storyline with complex characters. All the characters in this film have their individual stories, their own lives. The audience gets to perceive these stories, see who they really are, what makes them thrust, and how they go through life. Another example of a film that was superficially slow. It kept me hooked in spite of the lazy pacing. And Mann's directing is phenomenal; as…
Just the best. Characters are wonderful and whether they are making a score or not, they are just fun to watch.
And the coffee shop scene is one of the classics of all cinema.
Definitely better the second time around. Robert De Niro's performance is absolutely mesmerizing. It's subtle, but filled with emotion. Al Pacino begins quite messily, with most of his expression of emotion relying on shouting. But as the film proceeds, his acting becomes more coherent and ultimately very satisfying.
The film does a spectacular job developing the film's villain, to the point where he feels too human to be classified as a villain. Michael Mann crafts a film where nothing is black and white, and villains are treated with equal humanity as the heroes. The result is a more likable villain than protagonist. This leads to a very effective ending, that works in terms of suspense and because the characters are…
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