10 March 2014 | OJT
An OK gangster heist movie
This is a heist and gangster comedy about stupid gang of criminals. The film is Based upon the book "The heist" by Ernest Volkman and John Cummings, and has a good cast, topped by David Sutherland. The film is based on some of the years of the real James "Jimmy" Burke's life, also called "The Irishman".
It's a true story, but still I think this resembles other heist comedies like "Lockout, stock and two smoking barrels" and such, but doesn't have the budget nor the roughness, but still it's is more funny and smart where it lacks the other qualities.
Still it's really not functioning that well, and it's a bit strange why. It's difficult to point out why this isn't a hidden gem, but just another heist movie. With such a cast - and the acting is fine as well - it's almost a riddle, because the film fails to entertain the way it really should. It's probably down to the script. Maybe it's because the film fails at being a comedy? It starts off like a real comedy, but it fails on being funny after that. It's merely filled with stupid men, of which many does mistakes. And that's not enough. Quite interesting, though, since it's telling a true story.
It also uses music in an extremely annoying way. Good tunes, not really that suitable, rather misplaced and mixed too loud in the mix. Amateurish, and it adds to the film not being a big success.
It comes out mediocre, and more or less only for the fans of the genre, though it should have been at least a cult classic. It wants to be smart, but comes out quite ordinary.
If you really want to watch a smart hues movie, go watch "The bank job".