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Academy Award winner Gene Hackman stars as a master thief forced to return to a life he thought he'd left behind--to pull off one last Heist. In this taut thriller written and directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Mamet, penniless Joe Moore (Hackman) must do one more job for the fence (Danny DeVito) who has betrayed and blackmailed him. But this will be his most daring holdup ever--stealing a shipment of Swiss gold ingots--as he strives to evade the law, stay one step ahead of the partners he does not trust and find a way to outwit the man who has forced him back into crime.]]>
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I am a fan of Gene Hackman, and I really enjoyed the entire cast, all of whom were aptly cast for this film... but the best actors, casting and story isn't enough if all the things aren't tied together well by the director.
Mamet should be proud. The film is forever dated as being pre-Sept. 11 as the big heist of the film takes place at an airport, but if your memory of how things were before 9/11 aren't too foggy already, you'll appreciate that this was a well conceived and even plausible plot.
The story assumes that the viewer is intelligent and does not insult logic or waste your time. There were a few plot twists I anticipated, but far more that I did not expect.
Some gun play and sexually suggestive scenes, but the real draw to this film at the cerebral level... this film will keep you enthralled as you try to figure out who is honest, who is a betrayer and who knows what's going on. You will be surprised many times during this film.
The language is at gutter level and simply is not suitable for kids... but this is an otherwise fantastic motion picture.
Beware: if you go to see a David Mamet film expecting a linear time, you're going to have problems.
The mind that brought us the best con movie ever, _House of Games_, returns to the life of the small-time crook who wants to be big-time with just as much gusto as panache as before. Mantegna has been replace with flavor du jour Gene Hackman, and former Mamet wife Lindsay Crouse has been replaced with Mamet-wife du jour Rebecca Pidgeon, but otherwise, your small time con artists (Hackman, Pidgeon, Delroy Lindo, and Mamet regular Ricky Jay) are shooting for a brass ring well outside their sphere of influence. Nothing unusual. Mamet throws the monkeywrenches into the works in this one with a small-time mob boss (Danny DeVito) and his layabout nephew (Sam Rockwell, late of The Green Mile and Galaxy Quest); mob boss says that nephew must come along on the job, and crime ring leader agrees.
As usual with Mamet, there are many more layers than are let on at any given time. Crosses, double-crosses, and triple-crosses abound. Every character has an angle, and no one is to be trusted. Because of that, it's a movie that requires excessive attention to detail on the part of the viewer; this is likely to make the majority of the public ignore the film, but, like House of Games, it will develop a following among those who are willing to go back and watch movies four or five times to analyze everything that needs analyzed.
Wonderful. Easily one of the ten best of the year. ****
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the twisted plot, good example of the lies people "all" tell in life, the take away "trust your instincts" & rely on yourself in life... Read morePublished 2 months ago by EGR
Flat and tepid as tapwater until DeVito starts yelling, and even that only goes so far.Published 3 months ago by D. A. Conrad
Gene Hackman's performance excellent as always. However, the excessive cussing was high even by today's standards.Published 3 months ago by Jim Engebretson
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