Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Heist (2001)

Director: David Mamet

Writer: David Mamet

Composer: Theodore Shapiro

Starring: Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, Patti LuPone, Alan Bilzerian, Richard L. Friedman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Love makes the world go 'round... Love of Gold.

Plot: Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Lindo, Jay & Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

I dig good heist movies and with just about anything written by David Mamet, you can't go wrong.  Mamet writes good characters and scenarios.  Then you've got a great cast.  Hackman is always a hoot and whenever you throw Ricky Jay into the mix you know it's going to be a gas.  I've seen this a couple of times already and the veneer is starting to wear.  Don't misunderstand, it's a good film but now that I've seen it a few times the number of twists and turns starts to get a little dizzying by the end and that can get old. Anything Mamet is a must see if you haven't already. 

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