HEIST Add To My Top 10
Full of Holes
Release Date: November 09, 2001
Genre: Thriller/Crime Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: David Mamet
Writer: David Mamet
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Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) is the leader of a talented and experienced crime crew, but the man is getting old, so they all seem to be saying, and, in the latest jewelry store robbery, a security camera catches him red handed. It is now only a matter of time before the law will finally come knocking, unless he can cash in the loot and quickly get out of town. To his great frustration, and that of his crew, Joe’s fence, Bergman (played by Danny DeVito) will not give him his money unless he pulls one last job, stealing a valuable gold shipment from a jet aircraft parked at a commercial airport before it gets a chance to take off. Just to make sure nobody pulls something funny, Bergman wants one of his own lieutenants, Jimmy Silk (played by Sam Rockwell) added to the crew. Jimmy is the obtuse fly in the ointment who may not be too swift on his feet, but more than compensates for it with his youth and good looks. As the crew begins the meticulous preparations for HEIST, Jimmy’s sex appeal does not go unnoticed by Joe’s young wife Fran (played by Rebbeca Pidgeon), who, in the middle of it all, keeps trying to decide whether she would prefer her man to have brains over looks, or looks over brains.
After seeing HEIST, it was hard not to want to reminisce about previous Gene Hackman vehicles such as THE FRENCH CONNECTION or GET SHORTY (which also starred Danny DeVito), because a movie is only truly satisfying when both the talent of its cast is closely matched with the quality of the script. HEIST fails in as many ways as it has plot twists. In the beginning, it seems to want to succeed without resorting to the standard dosage of violence, sex and obscene language, but before the final minutes have run, it has completely betrayed itself and wholeheartedly given in to stooping to conquer. Delroy Lindo as Joe’s powerful and resourceful sidekick, and Rebecca Pidgeon as the beautiful but cold hearted young wife are both competent, as is Patty Lupone of EVITA stage fame as a customs officer, and Ricky Jay as the unflappable but forlorn member of the crew, Pinky Pinkus, although he slightly overplays his role.
Filmed in and around Montreal, Canada, the photography in HEIST smartly does not draw attention to itself, and the soundtrack is generally engaging and appropriate, but that is as far as it goes, because the weakest link is the poor writing and uneven direction of usually reliable writer and director David Mamet, who serves up too many cute gimmicks while creating plot holes large enough to drive the proverbial truck through each one of them. Sadly, in the end, HEIST winds up being a long morally bankrupt gimmick itself.
HEIST is very entertaining at the most superficial of levels, but it has as many plot holes as it has twists. Filmed in Montreal, Canada, the photography in HEIST does not draw attention to itself, and the soundtrack is generally engaging and appropriate, but that is as far as it goes, because the weakest link is the poor writing and uneven direction of usually reliable writer and director David Mamet, who serves up too many cute gimmicks while creating plot holes large enough to drive the proverbial truck through each one of them. Sadly, HEIST also winds up being morally bankrupt because it says that crime does indeed pay.