A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.
Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas, a potential chemistry that on paper seemed a sure fire hit, but and there's always a but. It just didn't materialize, whether it was the short-comings of the dialog or the direction I can't say; but it just didn't sizzle.
When you think of heist movie partnerships then you have to be very special to match up against De Niro and Norton has seen in 'The Score'.
Freeman and Banderas - don't....sorry. For me this was the most overwhelming shortfall of the film, the two main protagonists just don't bounce off each other and has a consequence the characters fail to draw you in.
As for the plot, Freeman - going for the last big score before retirement, Banderas - hoping to improve his standing in the criminal fraternity whilst making a lot of money in the process.
Formulaic with a twist-at-the-end that was disappointingly obvious because the writers thought it had to have a twist-at-the-end. When will they ever learn that you can tell a story without having the ubiquitous twist - the bigger surprise would have been - oh wait for it - no surprise.
Unfortunately, this movie will go down has another example of Hollywood doing what Hollywood does, very little thought and effort put into an idea that could have been so much greater than the sum of its parts.
I gave this movie a 5 for the attempt of entertaining us, it should be a lot higher if only it had lived up to it's potential.
- Mar 10, 2009