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.
This is the first time I've felt Mamet wanted to be cool. Witty one-liners and comebacks that just stop scenes dead. An uneven Hackman so wonderful one moment, hesitant the next. The "one last job" that you're actually happy is the last job for its characters. It makes his SPARTAN triumph a few years later that much sweeter.
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.
I'm a sucker for David Mamet, and this movie is no exception.
What it lacks in originality it makes up for with entertainment. A well-crafted, tense twisty thriller. #see
Fell asleep during this zzz. Has dialog that seems like it thinks it's witty, a dull plot, Danny DeVito punching a woman. This all adds up to a bad film I found. It just wasn't good.
Rebecca Pidgeon has been so wonderful in State and Main as well as Heist. She doesn't get a huge amount of screen time in this film that is chock full of greats, but I found myself watching her through out the first half when ever they did let her on screen. At the end, it was simplified down to just striking the presence of a femme. I wish other directors/writers had used her like Mamet did.
Like House of Games, I never felt on sure footing with Heist. Who is conning who and when?
Ricky Jay gets some great and ridiculous lines that his voice always delivers well.
And that cast really was killer.
This is a very entertaining piece of noir-ish trickery with more twists and turns than you can imagine. Joe (Hackman) is an aging thievery expert who needs One Last Score before he can retire, but of course, things go awry.
Hackman is outstanding as the coolest man in any room, a thief so sharp he's practically a legend. The real joy, though, is the way Mamet clearly relishes making you pay for your assumptions, leading you one way, only to snap you back in the other direction, practically breaking your neck.
The dialogue crackles in a typical Mametian fashion. It does start to get somewhat contrived with a mediocre shootout and a little Deus Ex Machine here and there, and by the time your expectations have been quintuple-crossed, you may have simply had enough. But if you just like to be entertained (and fooled), it's terrific.
gene hackman is a cutie
"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.
- 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
- Letter Never Sent
- The Offence
- Phase IV
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