Thick as Thieves
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Two criminal masterminds find themselves in an escalating turf war in the dark comedy Thick as Thieves starring Alec Baldwin, Michael Jai White and Rebecca De Mornay. Mackin (Baldwin) is a shrewd career thief who picks his jobs cautiously and then retires to relative privacy with his jazz records and his dog. Pointy (White) is a young gangster with ambitions to climb up the social ladder. When Pointy sets up Mackin for a fall, revenge becomes the name of the game for both men and their associates. Only one female cop (De Mornay) has the power to stop the bloodshed in this wry, witty and suspenseful movie that’s all about payback.
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Tells the story of professional thief Mackin, played by Alec Baldwin with his usual simmering volcanic brilliance. An associate of one of the crime families, he's been asked to do a fairly simple boost: Help a Detroit thug snatch several million dollars worth of negotiable food stamps. If he doesn't like the set-up he can walk away. If he does the job - he scores a nice payday and the continuing friendship of the mob.
Problem is that the Motor City connection is a devilish funny moron by the name of 'Pointy' Williams, a ghetto thug who has a hilariously warped desire to recast himself as a high society gentleman. But just like many from the upper crust - he doesn't like paying for services rendered. To avoid a $25K payout to the thief, the plan calls for Mackin's death upon completion of the heist, and simultaneously making a much needed payoff to a pair of dirty cops he's using as hitmen.
Not a good idea.
As the hit goes awry, a bloodied and seriously pissed off Mackin decides on retribution plus heavy duty interest. Notoriously, street hoods only rarely accept their mistakes with grace and maturity, and the knuckleheaded versions never walk away. So a war is unleashed; the destruction and blood begins to flow as each side ups the ante until it threatens to engulf everyone and everything.
Despite my description - this is an amusing and entertaining comedy. Admittedly, a very dark comedy, but one that I find particularly ticklish to the funny bone.
- Long an underrated actor. Alec is probably one of the best artists around that hasn't accrued nearly the acclaim equal to his talent. Admittedly, he's one of his own worst enemies; the infamous Irish temper often getting the better of him. A reflection that, like the many conflicted characters he portrays, exposes the person underneath isn't too far removed from the roles which he undertakes.
- Generally enjoy Michael Jai White's performances, but in this hilarious role I take particular joy. It takes real skill and genuine talent to play stupid. Not a joke. Almost every single actor has "diminished capacity" in their repertoire; it's really not that difficult to play disabled. But very few have 'moron' as a skill, not unless they actually are - like Paris Hilton.
- Probably one of the best, most complete characters, Rebecca De Mornay has done since her breakout role in 'Risky Business'. Extraordinarily talented, but unfortunately I think she missed her chance at the brass ring. Still, that's what I thought of Melissa Leo, and she eventually won an Oscar. So...
- As a huge fan of jazz, and to a lesser extent bossa nova, loved the soundtrack to this stylish flick.
Thanks A Million.