Armored

When you have heist films like "The Insider" and "The Bank Job" to compare this film against it comes out very much on the short side. The story and direction are pretty awful. Though it is supposed to be a thriller all I have to say is that the thrill is pretty much gone from this one.

Ty Hackett (Columbus Short – Death at a Funeral – 2010, Cadillac Records) is a war veteran who has just been hired to work as a security guard by Eagle Shield, an armored car company. He got the job because of a reference by his friend Mike Cochrane (Matt Dillon – Crash, Drugstore Cowboy), who also works there. Ty really needs the job because he is taking care of his little brother Jimmy (Andre Kinney – from television's Hannah Montana) alone and is having some financial problems since the death of their father.

Working as the rookie on a team with Mike, Mike's brother-in-law Baines (Laurence Fishburne – The Matrix, Mystic River), Quinn (Jean Reno – Ronin, The Professional), Palmer (Amaury Nolasco – from television's Prison Break), and Dobbs (Skeet Ulrich – Scream, As Good As It Gets), he gets more than his share of ribbing from the veterans.

One night on the job Mike asks Ty to join the rest of the guys in a robbery of two armored trucks that are transporting $42 million. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Ty agrees only after Mike promises that no one will get hurt.

What do they say about best laid plans? Well, Mike's plan does not go exactly as expected and Ty is left to making a decision about whether he is going to do the right thing or go for the big payoff.

A total guy flick. So much so that there is only one woman in the entire film that speaks. And even with her it is only a couple of lines.

Hungarian director Nimrod Antal (Vacancy) definitely has his own visual style. Unfortunately that does not make up for the fact that the story is so weak that I found my mind wandering a few times. No depth to the story or the characters. So weak that it actually fell into the B movie area a couple of times. Now, I don't mind popcorn films that allow you to turn your brain off for a couple of hours, but I do mind when the story is so silly that it jolts you out of your brain numbness despite your best efforts.

It could have been an interesting heist film though the story is a let down. There is one implausible twist after another and it just becomes a mess. Plus the characters don't seem smart enough even for a second to be able to pull off something of this scale.

The mess could have been saved by great actions scenes, but they are so run of the mill that they don't deliver either. This leaves the viewer with nothing to cling to.

Special Features:
-Planning the Heist: Making Of
-Armed and Underground: Production Design
-Crash Course: Stunts
-Previews of Blu-ray Disc is High Definition!, Bounty Hunter, 2012, Defender, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Grown Ups, Salt, Karate Kid, Takers, Extraordinary Measures, The Maiden Heist, It Might Get Loud, Soul Power, The Da Vinci Code, Breaking Bad, Rescue Me, and Damages

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