Sneakers ★★★

Robert Redford stars in this crime comedy as an ex-hacker turned security expert who is blackmailed by the authorities into stealing a top secret black box, with Sidney Poitier, Ben Kingsley, Dan Ackroyd, River Phoenix and David Strathairn.

It’s great fun, with the cast all seeming to be enjoying themselves, having a great dynamic that sets the tone immediately. Redford’s laidback, charming performance holds it all together, his presence recalling the caper movies of the seventies that he’d previously starred in.

Though the story gets quite far-fetched and a little silly in places, there’s a breezy quality to the way it’s told that makes it engaging. Because it never takes itself too seriously, the film has a lightness and sense of energy, with the character interactions taking centre stage.

Each member of the team has their own distinct personality, with Strathairn‘s Whistler probably being the standout, and the heists themselves are cleverly constructed, using all of the characters in inventive ways.

While Sneakers is quite slight, and the story isn’t as strong as the films that influenced it, it’s still an engaging caper full of quirky characters and charm.

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