Heat ★★★★★

Heat Review

"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 chase through Los Angeles between an expert heist gang and the entire LAPD led by a homicide detective it becomes a story of morality, second chances, revenge, redemption, love, greed, our obsessions and the decisions that effect our lives forever. This is no ordinary chase as both Vincent Hanna and Neil McCauley are both equals on the opposite sides, obsessed with their work, of the law but only one person can walk out of this match off the winner.

From one action scene to another it's filled with the complications of an every day man but filled with the tensions and risks of superior thieves that are willing to walk away from anything if necessary. But when you become so attached to a person does that love just fade at the first sign of trouble or was it never love to begin with? Plus it's in those situations where the characters have to make a choice that makes the film so gripping and the film is filled with them. Vincent Hanna and Neil McCauley are the polar opposite of each other as they fight from contrasting sides of the law, yet they're almost identical in mannerism, personalities, and lives. Neither one will back down from stopping what they're good at and neither one is hesitant to pull the trigger it's just a match of do or die.

Michael Mann creates a gem of a film that is shining brightly with intensity and oozing with action. As the cinematography and Mann's direction create a perfect example of a neo noir film that is well worth the three hours. Capturing the surreality and stunning dark beauty of Los Angeles creating a bright wall of destruction waiting to occur at any point. Mann doesn't pull any punches in this action film as he aims for both excellent action scenes but also adds a subtle emphasis to the character's actions and mannerisms.

In this game of lethal chess there are several pawns that can make all the difference between escape, vengeance, and justice. The performances are stellar as well especially from Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro as each feed off each other.

Al Pacino brings the sort of determination and dedication his character needs in order to bring down this criminal. Yet he has a hint of tragic ness to his character as the form his job consumes him he no longer becomes a normal person rather he becomes as lifeless as the people he brings down. Robert DeNiro also brings the same characteristics as Al Pacino but from a different perspective. DeNiro's character wants vengeance but also seeks a way out of this life because it has tired him and finally finds a reason worth living for.

Michael Mann makes Heat with such intensity, thought, and raw emotion injected with the adrenaline of any other action film. Vincent Hanna and Neil McMurphy are compete equals as both have sacrificed a chance at a normal life in favor of continuing to do what they do best. So when both forces collide it creates an exhilarating 3 hour journey in which every minute is vital to the plot.

But Heat provides memorable action scenes such as the shoutout through L.A. and the Bank Robbing scene it also adds some depth about the lives we touch, sacrifices, vengeance, and the thing we do to stay alive. Because no matter how much heat someone may have both characters are willing to drop everything close to them in a second if it meant it got them closer to their goal. But in the process they not only lose their purpose to live also they become ghosts of their former selves; that when this is all said and done is there really much left to live for,

Grade: A, 4 stars

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