Heat ★★★★

Nr. / Year: 1995

A solid piece of crime-extravaganza. While Michael Mann's Heat is at stylized from top to bottom, it works just as well on an emotional level. With it's vague, dreamlike cinematography, enhanced by extreme contrast and long lenses, the story of a cop and a criminal excels from being just a simple action-flick to a highly immersive piece of realism. Crime or action films are rarely done in such a way that it makes people sympathize, or at the very least understand, the characters involved, yet Heat pulls it off swiftly with solid performances by De Niro and Pacino, both grim characters with their own faults and misdemeanors in their lives, but with some glance of hope in them. Both try their best to chase the values of family and love, but neither of them are bound to succeed in the way their lives are drawn out in the film. It is this aspect, a clear noir-influence, that gives the film its more grounded basis on which the stylized, action-backdrop can be positioned. It is indeed remarkable how Mann creates such a fine balance between these two often polar opposites, but it works. Heat is at some points more of a human drama than a crime film and it would be a true reassurance if more films in the genre would follow this as an example. PRETTY BRILLIANT!

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