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Armored

3.8 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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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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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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Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Fred Ward, Milo Ventimiglia
  • Directors: Nimród Antal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8UWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Armored" on IMDb

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By R. M. Silkey on February 1, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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This movie might have you asking that question. Quite suspenseful and interesting film that should keep your attention to the end. The PG-13 rating is stretched very thin in my opinion but not an overly violent or abusive language movie. Matt Dillon brings quite a bit to it as well and have not seen a movie yet with him in it I didn't like. The storyline I thought was well written and there we some parts that did touch me personally. Overall, pretty decent movie that is good enough to see at least once.

Peter J. Miller
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"Armored" is a kind of different story. This group of guards in armored trucks decide to still millions of dollars from the money they are hauling and hide it for later. But as can be expected, everything that can goes wrong. So the results are tragic.I recommend it to fans of crime dramas.
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By lively on August 18, 2012
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I saw a preview on another movie so I bought it and I was glad I did. Lots of action and suspense all great actors and edge of your seat kinda film. It funny how movies you never see and get you either enjoy them or you don't. Great movie and excellent condition, fast service.
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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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By Crystal on October 18, 2011
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I read the customer reviews on this before I purchased so I had a good idea of what the storyline was going to be -- but seeing is believing. It was just one mishap after another-- I was like "OMG, what next?. . " very good movie.
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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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Format: Blu-ray
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.. Lots of action and suspense, decent acting and the story moves right along. The only disappointment was the end

*spoiler alert of sorts* ....

When the line comes up from Duncan Ashcroft (Fred Ward): "there's talk of a reward", given the sub-plot about Jimmy and Ty, it would have been nice for a little epilogue, even a small sentence to let us know that they were going to be fine.. "There's talk of a reward." could mean anything.. and a small smirk from Ty isn't a resolve - again, he doesn't know what that entails at that moment..

*spoiler done*

Other than that, I really enjoyed the film.. Good popcorn flick.. so long as you don't overthink it too much. Eckhart (Milo Ventimiglia) the cop is hot eye-candy, and Matt Dillon (Mike)never seems to age and gets better year by year.. but what the hell has happened to Skeet Ulrich? He looks a hot mess these days. :/
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