|Stars: Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett
|Here you have 3 great actors. Edward Norton, who I consider an outstanding modern actor that I hope we see more of. If you aren't familiar with most of his movies... I listed a few to the left. His film credits aren't long, but maybe he's making wise choices. Well..except for "Keeping the Faith"...... ;-)
Robert DeNiro who has made a name for himself over the years (but as of late not choosing what i'd say was the best roles) and Marlon Brando, who is..uh..an enigma.
DeNiro plays Nick Wells, an aging thief who wants to retire but his good friend and partner Max (Brando) talks him into one last job. The job involves him partnering up with a guy who works on the inside of Montreals Customs House, posing as a mentally challenged janitor in order to obtain all the keys he needs, the layout and the level of security. Nick doesn't like this young guy, he's a punk and takes risks...but together they hatch a plan to steal a highly valuable item. It's suspensful, and it plays with your mind making you wonder if it will follow the Hollywood formula.
So why did i give it a mediocre review? Well the film didn't come together, even tho it had great performances and characters...with the exception of bassett who's character was underdeveloped (serving as the subplot for Deniro's desire to pursue a relationship and a normal life). It got longwinded in some parts, where you find your neck tilting and your eyes staring at the ceiling. One woman 4 rows up I noticed had at one point completely fell asleep with her mouth agape...while every other person through various scenes had that "head tilt". heh
It picks up in the end, but doesn't make up for the middle. Brando seemed oddly placed, I think he was a great actor but paying him $4 million these days for a rather small role is ridiculous. I guess the man's built a reputation, which preceeds him, you gotta pay the bills. But at times I thought he was going to keel over, out of breath in nearly every scene, it was agony watching him get on the barstool after walking 5 paces from the door. He had some funny lines, but overall maybe not enough depth.
So with all the dud films out there you can do worse, but it's not a film that's going to have you talking much about it afterwards.
Highlight: Good chemistry between Norton and DeNiro.
Low Point: So visually dark at times for long periods - thought i was going to nod off myself.