Monday, March 21, 2016

The Maiden Heist (2009)

Director: Peter Hewitt

Writer: Micheal LeSieur

Composer: Rupert Gregson-Williams

Starring: Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, William H. Macy, Marcia Gay Harden, Todd Weeks

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They're not bad guys. Just bad thieves.

Plot: A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

It's cute and harmless.  Suspension of disbelief can be a beautiful thing.  There's no way these guys could have gotten anywhere close to doing what they did but that's not required to enjoy the picture.  It's a light-hearted heist movie with some really fun actors doing their fun thing and that's OK by me.  There's some neat stop-motion business when the boys are discussing their plan with the makeshift model of the museum.  That was neat.  There are a couple of scenes that go on too long as though they should've been tightened up some and there's more than a few moments that are predictable but, again, that doesn't mean you can't sit back and enjoy the film for what it is.  And the ending bit with Roger's (Walken) wife on the beach was beautiful and touching.  The same goes for what follows just before the credits roll.  The Sony DVD comes with a few extras (more than you'd think for this release) in the way of a commentary track with the director, writer and Rob Paris (producer), a making-of featurette (18 min), 13 deleted scenes with option commentary, a 3 minute blooper reel and trailers for 9 films that aren't this one.

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