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Empire State [Blu-ray + Digital]
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Eddie has big dreams for the money that Chris guards and desires to be a big shot, even though no one can stand him. Dwayne Johnson plays the investigating officer and comes in about half way through. His name as well as Emma Roberts are over billed for their roles. The film is based on an actual robbery, and like real crime, it is more akin to "dumb crook news" than a master criminal.
The film makes for an entertaining action drama.
Parental Guidance: Plenty of F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
Directed by Dito Montiel (The Son of No One), Empire State stars Liam Hemsworth as Chris Potamis, an armored car security guard that helps plot the biggest heist in United States history (when it originally occurred in 1982). Chris applies to be a police officer, but is rejected due to having a prior record, forcing him to seek employment with an armored car company. There, he discovers the company heads don't have an exact count on the millions of dollars in storage, and that they also leave it guarded by minimal security. Chris, and his friend Eddie (Michael Angarano), decide to make a play for the cash. At the same time, a detective, James Ransome (Dwayne Johnson) has been watching Chris, trying to figure out his intentions towards his place of employment.Read more ›
Set in 1982 New York City, “Empire State” is a crime drama based on a true story about Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), a newly-employed security guard for an armored truck company. Chris gets involved with a cash heist when he unwisely tells his childhood friend Eddie (Michael Angarano) about the company’s ineffective security system.
Frankly, I don’t know why this story had to be made into a film. The heist itself is not very unique. The description of the Greek American community the hero’s family belongs to is perfunctory. “Empire State” struggles to be both a thriller and a drama, but either way the film fails to interest us, except several scenes that elicit the feel of run-down 1980s New York City.
love the rock, chris/liam whichever hemsworth is not a cute as normal - or maybe there's a difference between them I haven't noticed. This was just a total meh. It's ok at best. Surprising that this caliber of star power was willing to do this film. Could have been so much more.
Disappointing. Star power brings it up from a 1.5 to a 2.7 which rounds to 3 stars. Make no mistake, this is NOT even a 3 star movie. It rounds up.
You can even see cake make up on the Rock at one point. Yikes. I would expect that until he's in his 70s - when hiding it will be difficult. No eye candy. Plot/dialog may be based on true story but could have been done better. It's as though the writer/producer/director/film studio owed a greek a favor and so they "collaborated" to put out a terrible movie. I'd use a worse word, but amazon would block the review....
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The Rock had a super tiny part in the movie. Hemsworth's performance was terrible. Don't bother.Published 11 days ago by J. A. Garrett
Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth) has always wanted to be a cop, but as is the case with most recent graduates, he's on a waiting list, so he takes a job as an armored truck guard. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Todd Smith
I expected more Dwayne Johnson in this movie but it is watchable.Published 1 month ago by Linda Lee Graimm