Thursday, June 23, 2016

Heat (1995)

Director: Michael Mann

Writer: Michael Mann

Composer: Elliot Goldenthal

Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Dennis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan, Kevin Gage, Hank Azaria, Susan Traylor, Kim Staunton, Danny Trejo, Henry Rollins, Tone Loc, Jeremy Piven, Xander Berkeley, Bud Cort

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  A Los Angeles Crime Saga

Plot: A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

I wasn't a big fan of this when I saw it about twenty years ago but when I caught it again last night, I really dug it.  I now get why this is a big hit with a lot of folks.  It's a very good film.  Pacino goes overboard sometimes like Pacino can do but it's a well-paced, entertaining action crime flick that delivers the goods.  And what a cast!  There's familiar faces showing up all over the place.  The ending was satisfying but I would have also been satisfied if it had gone the other way.  Vincent (Pacino) has a really stressful, bad couple of days and it's a stretch to see so much bad shit happen to him (and I'm talking about the incident that takes him and his wife to the hospital).  One thing that I dug was that the big bank heist is only two thirds into the almost three hour movie so you've got another hour of aftermath to deal with.  It's a great flick.  The DVD I have doesn't have any extras except for the trailer but the Blu-ray is loaded with goodies.  Someday I'll see that one in a cheap dump bin and watch it again.

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