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For this being Phillip Guzman's second film as a director, I have to give him credit for doing a decent job. There are some great cinematography moments, and a few clever shots that keep things interesting. Unfortunately, the writing by Guzman and lead actor Mick Rossi is average at best. Pointless subplots, weak attempts at suspense, and ridiculous coincidences are what kept this movie from being shown in theaters.
The marketing for this movie is also questionable. Val "Straight to DVD" Kilmer is prominently featured on the cover, next to a praising review snippet. Which is confusing given that Kilmer, playing a paranoid jeweler, gets exactly four minutes of screen time in this entire movie. Gabriel Byrne (Usual Suspects) has a "blink and you missed him" role. No one on the cast stands out, save for Robert Miano, best remembered as Sonny Red from Donnie Brasco. The most seasoned actor in the film, Miano has more than a few great scene-stealing moments. I was also surprised by newbie actress Sandy Duarte, one of the most gorgeous women that I've ever seen in film.
Bottom line, this is a fairly average heist flick. The heist team comes off looking like amateurs, and the film lacked any "edge of your seat" suspense. Give this one a rent before you decide to buy the DVD.
The real flaws are the heist scene which does drag a bit and the contrived ending. But despite these limitations, this is a much better and much more realistic movie than films like Heist. Mick Rossi does a fine job and Robert Miano is a reliable character actor. I rented the film through Netflix and suggest you rent and not purchase it unless you are an obsessive collector of crime dramas. I watch movies on a widescreen while rowing using a Concept 2 and riding a spinner so I watch a lot of movies. Compared to some other films I have watched recently (e.g., Killing Zoe which I did not finish), this film is a small but flawed gem.
An original heist idea and a good cast, bolstered with the presence of Val Kilmer!
Unfortunately, the heist was really the only creative idea in the whole movie, well I shouldn't say that, because a couple of other themes that could have been further developed. But, the director chose to focus 1/2 to 3/4 of the movie on the heist itself and every possible problem it would encounter! Not surprising, since the director also wrote the screen play, and it is always easier to fully develop one idea rather than several.
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Not your hollywood bank robbery. Four guys clean out the hotel's safety deposit boxes in the wee hours. Phone won't stop ringing and hostages galore. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Harper Ola Mesa
Val Kilmer only has a very brief Rain Man like role. The first part of the movie is amusing with the gang having trouble holding down the front desk while they rob the hotel safe. Read morePublished 4 months ago by author of The Devil's Bonfire
Not a bad movie.....A little out of the box, and the acting is up and down, but enjoyable none the lessPublished 6 months ago by Thomas P.
liked this little film. believable (who in their right mind rolls up his sleeves when he has a noticeable tattoo?). characters, I am sure that the outcome was also believable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by dattakafka
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