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A man helped get him out of jail, a gangster, who then used him as an enforcer to collect money owed to him. Although Boots did not want to use a gun, the gangster tricked him into using a gun. Then the gangster gave him seventy-five thousand ponds to kill someone with the promise that after this job, he was free.
Meanwhile Boots’ brother is running for a position in English parliament that would lead to him becoming prime minister. The brother is dying and begs our hero to give him blood marrow, but in view of their history he refuses. Boots’ brother knows that there is a contract out to kill him. He hires a police detective to find out who is the assassin and to kill him by shooting him in the head.
Boots goes to an apartment facing where his brother will make his announcement with a rifle. He had been told that the apartment would be empty, but he found a beautiful woman there.
The plot has the predictable British twists that are too easy to figure out, perhaps a statement about how British film makers view their audience. It is nice to know Christopher Lee is still alive, but his role is minor and he doesn't bite people in the neck anymore. The movie is a step in the right direction, but don't expect a fast paced action film. No sex, no nudity. F-bomb gets dropped, fingers get cut off, and a woman is punched.
The box claims, "no innocent bystander is safe as bullets fly" is an exaggeration of the action and might, at a stretch, apply to one scene.
The good news is that The Heavy is shot really well. Marcus Warren makes his directorial debut with this film, and he scores with the visuals. The cinematography and editing are great, and the color correction is much better than your typical Redbox flick. Not to mention Warren is working with a solid cast of established actors.
The problem is that Marcus Warren also wrote the screenplay, and the writing is miserable. Boring dialogue, plot holes, abandoned sub-plots, and a story that moves along at a snail's pace. Much of the film is predictable, and tends to drag on.
Christopher Lee (Saruman of LOTR) and Irish actor Stephen Rea are welcome additions to the cast, but only have bit roles. I'm a long time fan of the always-intense Vinnie Jones, who steals most of the scenes in The Heavy playing a corrupt London cop. Jones makes up for the shamefully one-dimensional acting of Gary Stretch, who plays the lead character "Boots" with less energy than a DMV employee. Hawaiian beauty Shannyn Sossamon is drop-dead gorgeous as a mysterious American who becomes entangled with Boots, and is one of the few reasons I kept interest as the film plodded along. The bottom line is that most of the cast is great, but their talents are wasted with absolutely weak writing and dialogue.
This could have been a nice indie cult classic had the story been better. If you're an action junkie, you'll be disappointed by the serious lack of fighting and gunplay (not even a requisite car chase). Overall, The Heavy looks so much better than most straight-to-video movies, but the story and writing were a let down. Give this one a rent before you even consider buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it (and that doesn't even begin to describe it)!!!! They could've taken better actors for some roles but it doesn't change the overall quality of the film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lisa
I rather enjoyed the movie. It was what I expected it to be... Which is a mediocre action, mystery, thriller that will help pass the time...Published on December 27, 2013 by D. Adams
I don't think it is a movie that would win any awards but it was suspenseful and it kept moving. I probably won't watch it again but it was OK.Published on December 21, 2013 by Dan J
I liked the revenge line, but not the ending. I wished the black sheep had lived. He deserved to live. MCGPublished on December 20, 2013 by Monica Hardin
It was ok but not very good film. Very violent which was not really needed. The story was a bit thin.Published on December 17, 2013 by Jasper Potts
For a British gangster flick, this is pretty good! You have a few well-esteemed actors (who shall remain nameless) playing their parts as awesome as they only can. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Azazm333
Not bad for a brit film. I gave it 3 stars b/c the ending was not predictable. I did however have to keep asking what the movie was about, and that is what sucks you in. Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by Luckyone
tons of stuff makes no sense at all movie tries to be all epic and memory flashback the accent of the businessman was kinda awesome that dude woulda had WAY more muscle hired to... Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by microsoft is not monop