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Armored [Blu-ray] (2009)

Columbus Short , Laurence Fishburne  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Columbus Short, Laurence Fishburne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8UWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Armored [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

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Producer and Cast Commentary
Planning the Heist: Making of
Crash Course: Stunts
Armed and Underground: Production Design

Editorial Reviews

A good cast does its best to make Armored roll, but while this heist flick certainly has its moments, it's ultimately arrested by a predictable story, cliché-ridden dialogue, and ham-fisted direction. Matt Dillon plays Mike, the leader of a sextet of guards working for an armored truck company; other members of the team are portrayed by Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Skeet Ulrich, and Amaury Nolasco, but the key is newcomer Ty (Columbus Short), an Iraq War veteran whose parents have both died, leaving Ty to support his troubled younger brother and somehow pay the mortgage on the home their folks left behind. When Mike and the others cook up a scheme to steal a cool $42 million on their next delivery and then claim they were hijacked, Ty is dead set against it--until he goes home and is greeted by a child-welfare official who threatens to put his brother into foster care unless Ty can prove himself capable of looking after the kid (this is but one of the handy plot conveniences designed to push the story forward). Predictability is one thing, but director Nimrod Antal and screenwriter James V. Simpson's setups are so on-the-nose that Helen Keller could see what's coming ("Promise me nobody gets hurt," Ty says to Mike, which guarantees that the body count will start to mount almost instantly). Armored has some good action sequences, a gritty look, a couple of welcome surprises, and the occasional tense moment. But when the great heist movies are recalled, from Topkapi to Sexy Beast, this one is unlikely to be among them. --Sam Graham

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Product Description

A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist.against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little more suspense February 1, 2010
The classic take on what happens when people get greedy. Yeah, the movie is for the most part predictable and somewhat cliche ridden. Overall, it's not the worst movie I've seen. Good flick on a rainy day or night when nothing else is on. While it may not overwhelm you with it's storyline you at least will be entertained.....and then go on about your business!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Awful Script December 12, 2012
While the script of this movie is so full of holes that it becomes laughable, the movie does have minimal entertainment value because some of the acting and action sequences are decent. And in fact, the underlying "story" is so mindless, so shallow, and so amateurish, that these aspects become entertaining in themselves, in the "so bad that it's good" manner, reminiscent of the old Mystery Science Theatre 3000 shows. So I guess if you approach this film with low or no expectations, you will get some enjoyment out of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tightly written, acted and directed little caper film September 5, 2010
ARMORED is a tight little film about friendship in the workplace, betrayal, and convictions - and oh yes, it is a heist caper story. For openers this viewer was perturbed that the cast listed on the cover of the DVD and certainly in the credits of the film focuses on 'names' of actors we all know, supposedly to anchor an audience. But the main character of this film is played by Columbus Short, and because he is not as famous, his name appears at the end of the list, very much in the shadow of the big guys names who have far less to do with the story. But that is Hollywood marketing issue...

Ty Hackett (Columbus Short) has returned to the US from a heroic tour in Iraq, his parents have been killed in an auto accident leaving Ty in charge if his younger artistic but somewhat schoolphobic brother Jimmy (Andre Kinney): Ty has joined a squad of armored guards who transfer money from banks to banks, and yet is not making enough money to support his home life. He needs a raise or more shifts. He is well-liked and respected by his team of fellow guards - Boss Ashcroft (Fred Ward), head guard Mike Cochrane (Matt Dillon) who is Ty's godfather, Quinn (Jean Reno), Baines (Laurence Fishburne), Dobbs (Skeet Ulrich), and Palmer (Amaury Nolasco). There is a particularly heavy load of money to pick up and Mike, knowing that Ty needs additional funds, unveils a plan to mimic a well-known but unsolved heist: the plan is to pick up the money ($42 million), hide it, destroy the truck, and keep the money divided among the guards. Ty balks at the plan, but when the Welfare Department threatens to place Jimmy in a foster home, Ty reluctantly aligns with the plan - being promised that no one will get hurt. Mike repeats 'There are no bad guys here' and the heist begins.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Upon viewing the trailers, I waited in anticipation to see this movie. I have just seen it and the first thing I did was google the writer to see if maybe he is a wealthy personality, who once had his money stolen during an armored car transfer and maybe this script was now his closure and revenge? This movie ought to be entitled "How stupid can you be with 42 million dollars"? The subtitle should read "Why didn't you just stay home"? Some of the other reviews here talk of "predictability" in this movie. Are we reviewing the same film (Armored)? To the contrary, this movie is so depressingly unpredictable, that it breaks your heart. Some of the other reviews speak of a "great story line", only if you are some law enforcement officer with an axe to grind, I guess. One review speaks of star power at it's peak and "everyone did a bang-up job". Again, what movie did you see, because this was a complete waist of star power. I don't even know why Lawrence Fishburne accepted a script like this? Jean Reno's character seems almost catatonic. They did the best they could with what they had to work with script wise, but it was so far beneath what could have been. We all know that crime doesn't pay and you will definitely reap what you sow, but a heist movie should be about the heist, a great getaway, the ensuing chase, the investigation and just maybe the icing on the cake of a total eluding of all who chase them! I'm sorry, if it's not broken, don't fix it! Classic subject scenario's require "predictability". If the predictability is anticipated and enjoyable, then it's a bankable asset. In a tangent comparison, people don't seem to care if most popular music sounds the same these days and it does, to it's most boring, mediocre ultimate ever. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I cannot rate because February 1, 2014
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So I receive the movie, and kind of excited, because this is a really good action movie, and is one of my girlfriend fav's, but as a take the case in my hand, I feel it kind of light "to light" so I have a option here (do I return it to amazon) or (rip the plastic that covers the case and can't return because that's amazon policy) so I decide to open it and my! my! surprise no movie! no disc! and 9.86 dlls out,it maite not be much, but was hoping I little more kind of disappointed...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Armored March 17, 2010
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A crew of officers who worked at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist against the company they work for. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with $42 million from a bank. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off. Good, boring or bad? It's good. Better than the trailer makes it seem. There isn't much to the script. The skill of the cast and the director's ability makes it onto a solid footing. Good movie, surprisingly tense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie
Published 28 days ago by Patricia B. Lovato
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie.
Published 1 month ago by stephanie gaddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very satisfied!
Published 1 month ago by judy dillon-cantu
4.0 out of 5 stars ... heist movie turned out to be one of the better heist movies I've...
What starts out as just another routine inside heist movie, turned out to be one of the better heist movies that I've seen in a long time..even if it went wrong.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jimmy R
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by clay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Your Video Library
When this movie came out in 2009, to be honest with you, I really wasn't that intrigued by it nor did the trailer compell me to go see the movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ken Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
The character's in this dvd seemed so realistic. As I was watching it I felt as though I was a part of a real armored car heist. Great movie.
Published 7 months ago by gimish3
5.0 out of 5 stars For My Husband
I ordered this movie for my husband because he asked for it after he saw it on TV. It is a good action adventure and he really loved
it and I also enjoyed it.
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Published 7 months ago by Deborah Hauser Muscat
3.0 out of 5 stars This armor has some Unforgivable Holes + Some Chokingly Suspenseful...
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The cast is full of talented people but their skills are underused. Only three of them are given enough time to play their roles properly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cestmoi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I like to watch movies over and over and was glad to get this movie. Like this DVD no problems.
Published 10 months ago by Hunter
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