Week six is time for the crime category. Due to its potential similarity with the thriller genre I'm going to…
It isn't love that makes the world go round.
Veteran thief, Joe Moore (Gene Hackman), is a pro who has done his last job. Now he just wants to get out of the business and sail off in to the sunset. But with his "fence", Bergman (Danny DeVito), holding back on the money from the last robbery, Joe and his team are not going anywhere - not until they pull off the mother of all heists. To ensure Moore and his team do the job his way, Bergman is sending his young, arrogant nephew, Jimmy Silk, to oversee it. With little respect and a thin veil of trust hanging over the job, pulling off the heist is the least of Moore's fears.
Things I learned from Heist:
1. To commit a robbery, once must always employ an explosion as distraction.
2. I should shave my fucking moustache.
My motherfucker's so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him. Mamet's most quotable film this side of the "always be closing" scene.
This is Mamet unchained! There are a handful of writers working today that have such a distinct voice and style that you can tell who wrote the screenplay after only a couple of lines. Tarantino, Sorkin, and Mamet all come to mind. All also write mostly masculine, cut throat dialogue. Well I got news for you. Mamet script would make any of those other scripts its bitch. Mamet is as hardcore as it comes and he lets it all hang out in this film.
Heist is, believe it or not, a heist film. It is also, wait for it, a heist film that cons the viewer. Of course you know this going into a post modern heist film, so you…
Heist gets a little too twisty towards the end - the last 30 minutes sees everybody betrayed upwards of 5 times and it gets a little bit too much. Before then though, this film is a fun and taut heist thriller (if you couldn't tell from the title), that pulls off some neat set-pieces, has some cracking one-liners and thug dialogue, and features some entertaining performances. It isn't the greatest heist film you'll see, but it gets the job done in solid enough fashion.
Thought it was a little on-the-nose to name Hackman's character Jack Heist, but I guess that's why he's David Mamet.
Twisty turny, finely acted, smart movie from start to finish. As one half of the 2001 movie pair it comes away victorious against The Score.
"Nice day for the race"
"What race is that?"
"The human race. Kids growin' up, so on. Hope of the future."
"Get in the fucking car."
While a decent stab at the quadruple-twist ending that boasts a nice cast, ultimately, Heist brings nothing new to the genre.
"Heist", the new movie written and directed by David Mamet, starts with a typical jewelry store robbery done by professional thieves: a timed event that relies on each thief understanding their smaller role within the greater heist. The characters start chatting during the heist, and the audience notices something a little amiss about the dialogue. David Mamet, whose writing style is more suited for a theatre play than for a movie, composes abrupt and crisp sounding lines that border on a line between corny and sleek. The fascination with the dialogue becomes this movie's most viable attraction, as the plot feels unimaginative and recycled.
In its most general terms, "Heist" is about a gang of professionals who are forced to…
The story might seems simple at first, but it's not a typical story about crime, even if the elements are common in many movies, this one is special: it's twisted, it's well written and directed and the cast is amazing!
This is my first Mamet movie. I'd read something about him and the dialogues of his films and I was afraid of something that would be and endless cataract of pieces considered 'cool', 'quotable' and all that. And it's, somehow, but it's also how people talk, how thieves, in this case, talk with their codes and whatnot, unintelligible for those who aren't part. It’s how people express themselves, speaking from their own thoughts, reacting to the world and others that way. This makes for incoherent exchanges at times, but doesn’t stop it from being how people interact with each other. Considering that this is a story about people who're always looking to be ahead of the other, outsmarting others and…
As in every Mamet film, there's a mind numbing amount of delightful twists upon twists upon twists, however I felt the script was bit cornier than his usual work, with many odd and forced similes and cartoony dialogue.
David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence. After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. You know what is going to happen. In fact the filmmakers plan on it, yet they want to show you how they devise the plan. Put it together, pull it off then…
The plan is outlandish, sometimes convoluted, and includes steps that certainly don't seem necessary but I do not care - this movie is as cool as it gets.
I am full of glee each time I watch these actors deliver these lines and am constantly annoying people by quoting them myself. Love it.
- The Offence
- The Interview
- Zero Effect
- Out of the Blue
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
- Lake Placid
- Deep Rising
- The Last Great Wilderness
I didn't rob this one from Adam Cook although I'm sure he's done this list before.
Some of these are…
- Come and See
- The Devils
- The Offence
- Prince of Darkness
- Letter Never Sent
These are films I love that for whatever reason, I don't believe get enough attention or are unfairly overlooked or…