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Heist (Soundtrack)

Heist Poster Heist Review

Directed By: David Mamet
Starring: Rebecca Pidgeon, Gene Hackman, Sam Rockwell, Delroy Lindo, Danny DeVito and Ricky Jay.

Take the following review with a grain of salt, for in my eyes David Mamet can do very little wrong in terms of writing and only falters slightly when it comes to getting his script to the screen.

Ever since I first saw his (David Mamet's) House of Games I have been hooked and rush out to see any film of his nowadays. I loved the much maligned film State and Main, I was totally suckered in for The Spanish had Steve martin, another bonus in my eyes. And now this ultra slick flick Heist, full of Mamet lines that only make sense in a vacuum.

"Everybody needs money, that's why they call it money." - Bergman (DeVito)

The film plot is the only unoriginal stepping ground but what it is moves fast and never leaves the audience confused. Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) is a man who is good at what he does, and what he does is steal things, a professional thief. Things turn ugly for him when he is on the job and he gets 'burned' - caught on security tape.

Things really sour when his fence Bergman (DeVito) won't pay him for the job so he can go into hiding. Instead Bergman forces him to do another job, the ever known cliche as 'one last big score'. To ensure Joe will do the job Bergman assigns his nephew (Sam Rockwell) to watch over the crew. Before this is all over, it is bound to turn ugly, and man it is a lot of fun to watch when it does.

There are twists in this tale and moments of blackmail and back stabbing, but the real joy in watching this film is in the performances. Seasoned pro's playing hardened seasoned pro's with catchy dialogue that makes one wish the entire world could be this sharp and eloquent at the drop of a pin. Every single cast member takes their lines and runs with them, never faltering and always dripping with menace, even in the lighter moments.

There are no car chases and only a few minor explosions but what it does have is a pure enjoyment factor that makes this a solid ticket at the box-office. Of the two 'rip-off' flicks this year (Frank Oz's The Score being the other) I enjoyed this for the acting, the dialogue but most of all, for the pacing. The pacing factor is what makes Heist better than The Score, no doubt about it.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Original Theatrical Trailer
Cast/Crew Film Highlights

Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)

Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

The DVD Review:
Sadly it looks like a rather lacklustre DVD features release here folks. No commentary by David Mamet. Maybe he feels his work speaks for itself but I sure enjoyed the group commentary on his State and Main disc and thought this might be the same kind of title ideal for an ensemble commentary.

Evil Ash

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