Heist – Edited
Gene Hackman portrays Joe Moore, an aging criminal out for one final score before cashing in. One of his mantra’s: “Everybody needs money, that’s why they call it money”. The director, David Mamet, known for his other twisted, convoluted plots is remembered for “The Spanish Prisoner”. Gene Hackman’s experience as a criminal enable him to anticipate events, and he always has a Plan B, if the original plan doesn’t fly. It is this element, coupled with double, triple crosses that hold the plot together.
I’m a Gene Hackman fan: I like “French Connection”, and “The Firm”, to name only two of my favs. Hackman doesn’t disappoint in this film, but he also doesn’t bring you into the action enough that you care about the characters. Hackman’s wife, many years younger than he, uses her sexuality to sway back and forth between Hackman and another bad guy. Hackman’s expertise in planning for the final score; a gold shipment, seems to be anticipating outcomes. He’s always there with a solution, when Plan A disintrigates: Plan B unfolds and voila! they’re all ok, and once again, no one walks the perp walk. The final score involves gold and I found the plan to get the gold to be quite improbable. I’m not recommending this as a good suspense/thriller, but if you’re into this genre, then by all means do buy it and enjoy. I defininetly wouldn’t have wanted to watch the R version, which I’m certain was peppered with foul language. It’s great to have this edited version.