DVD REVIEW: The Heist

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We take a look at the latest Heist movie with a cool cast including Christopher Walken, but will it deliver?

 

 

 

 

Charles (Morgan Freeman), Roger (Christopher Walken) and George (William H. Macy) are the very picture of honest security guards. But when they learn their favourite artworks are being sent to another museum, they concoct a plan to switch the real masterpieces with fakes.

Produced by Bob Yari whose production credits include Oscar-winning Crash and starring a fine cast of three Academy Award winners (Freeman, Walken and Marcia Harden) and one Academy Award nominee (Macy), The Heist pulls off a well-written comedy caper film of ageing security guards.

 

With a cast of Freeman, Walken and Macey, you know that it will not be dull or straightforward film but rather a quirky, intelligent story. That is exactly what we get. Ageing security guard Roger (Walken) is in love with two women, one his wife and the other is the woman in a portrait in the gallery he works at. His passion for the woman in the picture shines through in a slow, understated manner, but he is not alone as fellow security guard Charles (Freeman) has the same passion for another picture that includes his love of cats. Our final member of the would-be robbers is George (Macy) who also has a love but for a statue and he indulges his passion by posing naked with it during the night shifts. Quirky enough for you?

They all discover that the exhibit that contains all three pieces is moving to Denmark and they come up with a slightly crazy plan to steal them by swapping the originals with fakes. This is where we get the comedy aspects of the movie as we see the team figure out their plan and start to train with some aching results.

Walken has superb comic timing but he seems to be slowing down a bit here and is looking a lot older than I would like. This is not a bad thing but I want to see him embrace that and run with it. His timing is just off but his coolness is still there. Freeman seems to be having fun just relaxing into his role while Macy is taking his craft to the limit running around naked for some of the movie. Together they make a fun team that you would like to see more of. They bounce off each other well to deliver a decent comedy routine.

The director Peter Hewitt (The Borrowers, Garfield, Zoom), delivers a comfortable ride that showcases its cast to deliver a quirky, yet fulfilling film. There is nothing new here, but there is a sense of catching up with some old friends.

 

 

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Montoya

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