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From acclaimed director Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), with an all-star action cast led by Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Rahda Mitchell, THE CODE is full of deceit, thievery and twists at every turn. While pulling a down-and-dirty jewelry heist on a subway train, Gabriel (Banderas) encounters Ripley (Freeman), a legendary thief who was casing the same job. In spite of Gabriel's initial reluctance, Ripley manages to rope him into an impossible job: the theft of two priceless Faberge Imperial Eggs from the heavily guarded vault of a New York diamond wholesaler. The stakes rise for Gabriel and Ripley when Ripley's goddaughter (Mitchell) is kidnapped by the KGB. Staying one step ahead of the NYPD, the FBI, the diamond merchants and the vicious Russian KGB crime boss determined to have the priceless eggs for himself, Gabriel and Ripley must find a way to pull off the heist and make it out alive.
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The Faberge eggs have certainly had their share of people wanting to get hold of them for one reason or another over the years in movies and once again they are the center of the plot in this movie.
I'm glad I purchased the movie, and enjoy the plot and all actors that participated.
Why am I giving this movie a mere three starts then? Why, because it just doesn't work. The means of achieving the heist are somewhat pedestrian at best and the protagonists use gedgetry to overcome some of the obstacles in their way. Even the obligatory "surprise" ending (another part of any good heist movie) seems rather forced and muddled.
But we do have Morgan Freeman doing as much as can be expected with the awkward material and Antonio Banderas does a good job also, although it sometimes seems he plays his characters the same way 99 percent of the time. Freeman plays veteran thief Keith Ripley who tags up-and-coming thief Gabriel Martin (played by Banderas) to be his partner in a job to steal two faberge eggs from the vault of a Russian jeweler in New York. However the movie lacks dramatic tension and it's all a rather ho-hum experience. All in all this movie may deserve a rental, but as far as purchasing is concerned - buyer beware.
The Blu-ray features an above average transfer, if nothing to write home about. The detail is rendered in the majority of the scenes, with only a few appearing less distinct and the colors appear natural. The audio track is more troublesome with some dailogue difficult to make out, though rear speakers are used to good effect.
The supplemental package is largely forgettable with a series of interviews that look like they were filmed in a trailer with hideous Audio and Visual quality and a 16 minute behind the scenes feature that is largely fluff.
Worth a rental.
A highly experienced thief and assassin, played by Morgan Freeman, takes an unorthodox thief, played by Antonio Banderas, under his wing to do a impossibly tough heist. The target are mysterious Faberge eggs that have rarely been seen. They are housed in a Russian vault with a great deal of high tech and normal security. They are successful in getting the eggs but the ending is somewhat flashbacks of things that gave you clues as to what was really going on, just hard to realize until all is made clear. I found it entertaining and well worth the rental. I even am considering purchasing it. Good quality DVD with standard features. Decent replaybility. If you enjoyed this catch The Contract.
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I also like Antonio Banderas, but Rhada is the reason to watch it.