“With a terrific cast led by Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and a splendid James Caan, Henry's Crime
is a fun comedy with irresistible heist and heart.” (Boxoffice Magazine) Reeves stars as Henry Torne, a wrongly accused man who winds up behind bars for a bank robbery he didn’t commit. After befriending a charismatic lifer (Caan) in prison, Henry finds his purpose — having done the time, he decides he may as well do the crime. But his outlandish plan to rob the very same bank spins wildly out of control, as he finds himself performing in a stage play and falling in love with the production’s seductive leading lady (Farmiga).
Henry (Keanu Reeves), the Buffalo toll collector-turned-criminal mastermind at the heart of this offbeat drama, lives a quiet life with his wife, Debbie (Judy Greer), until high school acquaintance Eddie (Fisher Stevens) tricks him into driving a getaway car, which leads to a three-year stretch for armed robbery. A new Henry emerges after his cellmate, Max (James Caan, having the time of his life), encourages him to live a little, reasoning "You've done the time, you may as well do the crime." Then, before he gets out, Debbie leaves him for another man (Danny Hoch, who plays Eddie's partner). Fortunately, Henry soon crashes--literally--into Julie (Vera Farmiga), a brittle actress with a soft center, and joins her in a production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard
that takes place in a theater connected to the fateful bank by means of a Prohibition-era tunnel, which the newly sprung Max helps him to excavate. But when Eddie muscles in on the action--things get complicated. Written by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil
), Henry's Crime
benefits from the light touch of Malcolm Venville (44 Inch Chest
). If the pieces--screwball comedy and film noir--don't always fit together the way they should, the movie evokes one of those Michael Caine capers from the 1960s, even if Reeves lacks the same degree of savoir-faire. Sprightly support from Bill Duke, as a security guard, and Peter Stormare, as a director, plus retro-soul selections from Daptone Records help the existential ennui go down easy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy