Heist films have always been of interest in Hollywood. From pictures like the recent The Town to Inception there are always a couple of heist films released each year. It is the combination of action, brains and tension that draws the movie going public in. The chance to see the "perfect" crime take place before your very eyes is alluring. We watch the planning of the heist impressed by the brains, the execution with our collective breath held and the aftermath with our kudos going to either the cops that foiled it or the thieves that got away with the loot.
While heist films are often done they are not often done well. For every The Italian Job and Ocean's Eleven there is Ocean's Thirteen or Gone in 60 Seconds. The pull of trying to get it right seems too strong to resist for some directors. Almost as much as the lure of robbing is for these criminals. Maybe for his own good John Luessenhop (Lockdown) should have stayed away.
Constructing a good heist gang is a delicate thing. You need several different pieces to make up a tight fitting puzzle. Everyone has to do their job and do it well. Gordon (Idris Elba – 28 Weeks Later, The Losers) believes he has just such a group of criminals. He can rely on his right hand man John (Paul Walker – The Fast and the Furious, Flags of Our Fathers) to watch his back, brothers Jesse (Chris Brown – Step Up, Stomp the Yard) and Jake (Michael Ealy – Seven Pounds, Miracle of St. Anna) to be the muscle and A.J. (Hayden Christiansen – Jumper, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones) to be the brains. They are highly effective and efficient as a unit.
After chilling in high style after their latest successful job, the gang begins to think about their next job. Former member of the gang, Ghost (T.I. – American Gangster), is released from prison after spending five years there when a job went wrong. Seeing how successful his former partners are, Ghost wants in on the action. He has come up with a job that he thinks they should do involving the robbery of an armored car that will be transporting $20 million.
At the same time, Jack (Matt Dillon – Crash, There's Something About Mary), a cop who is obsessed with capturing the gang of thieves, and his partner Eddie (Jay Hernandez – Hostel, Quarantine) are getting closer and closer to apprehending them.
When a film's release is delayed it is not a good sign. Very rarely does anything good come out of this. I did try to give this film a chance even though it starred disgraced rapper Chris Brown (uggh) and a lot of off the radar actors. And it was decent for the first 30 minutes or so, but after that is when things started to go horribly wrong.
The multiple heist beginning kept my attention with all its cat and mouse goings on. But oddly enough when the film moves into the "big" heist section is when it all starts to go belly up. There is no other way for me to put this than to say that stupidity ensued. Logic goes out the window and the ending is so rushed I wonder if Luessenhop just ran out of time.
There is nothing original or not predictable in this film. There were some good action scenes, but I kinda wished there were more as the other scenes were either weak or ridiculous. The cast, which despite all this does have some chemistry going for it, tries their best to do something with nothing and cannot be blamed for this fiasco. It is almost as if the makers of this film think no one notices that basically what they've done is try to recreate scenes from The Italian Job, Heat and True Romance. Slapping together bits and pieces (done at a much lower level of quality) of these films does not a coherent movie make.
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