Heist full movie review - Average movie with some decent story! 4/10
Review: This movie seemed a bit safe because we have all seen this type of concept before but I still enjoyed the film and the acting wasn't that bad.
It's about a casino worker, Luke Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who desperately needs money to pay for an operation that his daughter needs to save her life. Out of desperation, he turns to casino owner Francis "The Pope" Silva (Robert DeNiro), for the cash but he turns him down, which leaves Luke in a tricky situation. After seeing all of the cash that goes through the casino, Cox (Dave Bautista) offers Luke the opportunity to rob the casino and when Pope turns down Luke for the loan, he takes the job and they put together the perfection plan, with Cox's 2 close friends, Julian Dante (Stephen Cyprus Sepher) and Mickey (Tyson Sullivan). On the night of the robbery, they manage to put $3 million in bags, after cutting the power but when they try and escape with the cash, they bump into Pope's main henchman, Dog (Morris Chestnut), which leads to a shootout in the casino. Dante gets shot while there trying to make it to the getaway car and when they finally reach the pick up point, they see Mickey driving away in a panic because of the shots being fired from The Dog and the casinos security. They then jump on the nearest bus and they take the passengers hostage, whilst being chased down by the police with the loot. Luke talks to the police officer who is taking chase, Krizia (Gina Carano) and he shows sympathy towards the passengers but Cox is in a panic about getting caught and he tries to help Dante, who is in a lot of pain. They then see that the bus is running out of fuel, so Luke asks for a fuel truck for the exchange of 2 of the passengers. After a successful transaction, they try to make there way to Texas to meet up with Cox's friend, but there journey is interrupted when a corrupt cop, Detective Marconi (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), who works for Pope, kills Dante with a lethal injection whilst offering him help with his injuries. Cox desperately wants to Marconi but Luke knows that there life's wouldn't be worth living if they killed a cop, so they throw him off the bus. The chase then continues and the police manage to stop the bus by shooting out the wheels after sending in an elite squad team. Cox then holds the bus driver at gunpoint and threatens to kill him if the cops don't let them go but Luke doesn't want to kill any innocent people so he kills Cox but everyone thinks that Cox has killed the driver. Luke then gets a call from his daughter and Krizia tells him that she knows about everything. As he saved the drivers life, he comes up with the idea to exchange the bus being fixed for letting most of the hostages go, so the police accept the trade and the bus carries on its journey. Luke manages to get of the bus with the hostages but the police are still chasing the bus, hoping to find the robbers. Luke then tries to get to safety but he comes face to face with the Dog, who takes him to the Pope. They then realise that the bag of cash is empty because Luke had given the cash to one of the passengers, who was acting as if she was pregnant and turned out to be his sister. Krizia sees her giving the money to a doctor to pay for Luke's daughters operation but she turns a blind eye because she knows that he had good intentions. As the Pope had a troubled relationship with his daughter, because of his dodgy business dealings, he stops Dog from killing Luke by shooting him. He then let's Luke go and he calls Krizia to find out how his daughter is doing and once he finds out that the doctors are preparing her for her operation, he knows that the whole crazy situation wasn't for nothing. It's not the most original storyline and it did have "Speed" written all over it but there is a sense of tension throughout the movie, which made it a decent watch. Although the movie made a big lose at the box office, it really isn't that bad and it's basically what it says on the tin. You can't go wrong with DeNiro playing a gangster and Bautista as a thug so the casting wasn't bad but the storyline could have done with some originality or some major twists. Watchable!
Round-Up: I've always liked Jeffrey Dean Morgan, 49, since his performance in the Watchmen as Edward Blake but his movies haven't really hit the big time since then. I liked him in Texas Killing Fields and the Resident but he really needs a big budget movie to bring him into the limelight. This is the first major release for Scott Mann, who also brought you the Tournament with Ving Rhames and the Stars In There Eyes TV series so he's not really known for his contribution to cinema. I have definitely seen worse in this genre so he didn't make a mess out of the project and he did have some decent actors to work with but it did become predictable after a while.
Budget: $22million Worldwide Gross: $3million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their action, crime, thrillers starring Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gina Carano, Dave Bautista, Kate Bosworth, Morris Chestnut and Summer Altice. 4/10