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Super Reviewer
February 19, 2007
A watchable Heist film, but not a particularly exciting one. The plot was full of little twists, but most of them predictable and for me this film brought nothing new to films sharing this theme.
Super Reviewer
½ October 29, 2007
It's pure dynamite. Sizzeling and exhilerating. A razor-sharp crime thriller. One of the best and smartest heist films ever made. Snaps and crackels with great suspense and action. awsome twist and turns all the way to the end. Terifficly written and well-crafted. A brilliant cast of actors. Gene Hackman has never been better. A cool, captivating and fantastic performance. Delroy Lindo is teriffic. Danny DeVito is explosive.
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2007
This was okay.
Super Reviewer
½ May 27, 2007
Gene Hackman heads up an otherwise lacklustre cast in a heist movie about an ageing thief who is blackmailed into performing one last job. As hackneyed as that synopsis sounds, it doesn't quite sum up just HOW uninspired this all is. The dialogue is cliched and occasionally embarrassing, the plot implausible and lacking in humour, and all of it's so-called twists can be seen lumbering over the horizon from a mile away. Not completely awful, but in the end it's nothing more than 90 minutes of "So what?"
Super Reviewer
June 2, 2007
Jimmy: So, is he going to be cool?
Pinky: My motherfucker is so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him.

What's great about David Mamet movies is the dialog. Everyone speaks the same language, they are all in the moment, and they all no exactly what the other means, even when it becomes cryptic or metaphoric.

Heist is appropriately slick because of the choice of actors and it a lot of fun to see everyone riff off of each other.

Gene Hackman and Delroy Lindo star as the thieves who have to take that one last job before retiring. Danny De Vito is their mean spirited employer. Sam Rockwell and Ricky Jay also step into the game for added coolness.

Bobby Blane: You know why the chicken crossed the road? Because the road crossed the chicken.

Many twists, double and triple crosses unfold, and everything is played very cool. There is even a sweet and realistic gun fight towards the end. Enjoyable and played out like a 70s crime movie with slick Mamet dialog.

Bergman: OK, you want to wrap it up? Or you want to just stand around here, try to guess my real name?
Joe Moore: What is your real name?
Bergman: Rumpelstiltskin.
Joe Moore: What was it before you changed it?
Super Reviewer
½ June 4, 2006
An intelligent and well scipted heist film, with interesting characters and some tense moments. It does however conform too much to all other heist thrillers and despite all the surprising twists along the way, the ending is ultimately predictable.
Super Reviewer
January 24, 2010
Mamet does a great job of directing this feature which was in the theatres and out far too quickly. Gene Hackman is always great in this type of role.
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2006
Entertaining double-cross movie that is really held up by the superb cast.
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Super Reviewer
August 9, 2011
Good caper. I was surprised to see a much older Gene Hackman become such a powerful force. David Mamet's dialogue is in full gear as it was in his previous pictures and now he is ready to be a magician in "Heist". I like the way how the actually heist goes down and maybe thieves in real life can actually pull off such an almost impossible feet. The cast is really good and I got to somewhat feel a connection as if the characters have been together for quite some time. There is a few minor flaws and the tone of the picture does feel like watching a TV drama but "Heist" isn't boring, it's actually intelligent. I like that.
Super Reviewer
½ July 10, 2011
Heist is a 2001 crime film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell.Joe Moore (Hackman) runs a ring of professional thieves, which includes Bobby Blane (Lindo), Don "Pinky" Pincus (Jay) and Joe's much younger wife Fran (Pidgeon). During a daylight robbery of a New York City jewelry store, Joe's face is captured by a security camera. As both the picture and a witness can identify him, Joe chooses to retire from crime and plans to disappear on his sailboat with his wife, living off their share of the heist.Very predictable and cliche this is just a mediane movie, despite the elegant production and cast.
Super Reviewer
½ July 6, 2010
Not bad to see Hackman in peak form. God, he can carry a flick. The ending is kinda bleh, but it's a fun watch. Mamet still knows how to write good dialogue, but Hackman and Lindo are the sole reasons for watching. They outperform everyone, including a young Rockwell.
Super Reviewer
September 27, 2007
A good solid movie but nothing special. Hackman is great (as is Lindo) but the twists start to get laboured towards the end. Not Mamet's best. Check out The Spanish Prisoner instead.
Super Reviewer
½ April 28, 2007
Not that good.
September 3, 2015
Starts off alright, but honestly gets incredibly boring after a while, which for a suspense film is the kiss of death. Most of the characters are unremarkable and superfluous, and the story is clumsy to the point of confusion a lot of the time. As far as heist films go, this one isn't that great.
March 7, 2012
You know how sometimes you see a basketball team make a few too many passes, passing up decent opportunities to score, only to then hurriedly miss the final shot. That's what this film's plot is like - unbelievably complicated to point of being ridiculous. Too clever for its own good. More of a film exercise than an actual heist movie.

On the plus side, there's the patented Mamet dialogue.
September 20, 2011
It's funny to think that by 2001, no one had yet named a film simply "Heist" (okay, there's a forgotten one from 1998, but prior to that, shockingly, none, with a few possible translated exceptions). I suppose it's kind of a post-modern title--forget being poetic or unusual or unique, just go minimalist and directly descriptive, and be relatively original (the first few times at least) by ignoring all those expectations and methods of naming. In that sense, then, it makes sense as a film released in 2001. Of course, heist movies are far older than that--Kubrick's 1956 The Killing and Ocean's 11 in 1960 off the top of my head--but they are a reliable source of entertainment for those who like them, and are generally fun for their cleverness, so long as they succeed at intentions.

One of few heist films that start from a heist instead of building to a brand new one, Joe Moore (Gene Hackman), Bobby Blane (Delroy Lindo), Don "Pinky" Pincus (Ricky Jay) and Fran Moore(Rebecca Pidgeon) are not new to thieving, nor to teaming up with each other. In the middle of a jewelry heist, the aging Joe's face is caught on camera when a few steps go off plan. Joe decides this is the end for him, but Mickey Bergman (Danny Devito), who fences most of their loot, disagrees and insists that, before paying the group, they carry out one last heist: Swiss gold being brought in by airplane. Joe is against it and refuses and argues, but relents, and finds himself stuck with Mickey's rather green nephew Jimmy Silk (Sam Rockwell). Friction is generated between the two as Jimmy and his uncle believe Joe is off his game and Jimmy begins to pursue Joe's wife--fellow thief Fran.

I was reluctant to pick up this movie, on the fence because of the solid cast but familiar plot, until I noticed who wrote and directed: David Mamet. If you like Mamet's work (and you should, really), that's enough there, and when it's combined with something that is usually passably entertaining like a heist film and you're pretty well guaranteed good stuff. He keeps dialogue and plotting kinetic and exciting in whatever he does, and even when he doesn't keep you guessing, he fulfills expectations in the most satisfying ways. Mamet films are absolute pleasure, hitting the perfect balance of skill or talent and entertainment. For those who believe in such things, there is no need to bring up guilt with your pleasure, nor is there a need to worry that it will talk over you or just completely leave you in the dust. Your brain is engaged without being overwhelmed, and your appreciation and enjoyment are both satisfied. Your sympathies are put in the right places without the feeling of outright manipulation, as the characters pop and crackle with Mamet's most famous asset--witty dialogue--and become real enough, or at least strong enough projections, to carry all of their actions easily into the realms of believability. This speed and craft is most evident in a film based on deception and confidence games, as the characters slide from internal and real conversations with each other to blatant manipulation of external characters with barely a notice. And then in the third act, you realize that the internal dialogue wasn't always real either, and these characters are all constantly plotting, preparing and being in place for everyone and everything around them.

This is a potent and enjoyable example of heist films that outshines its fellows and manages to feel fresh and interesting and exciting despite coming so late to the party in a very specific genre, without having to resort to redesigning the concept of a heist film. And in many senses, it also manages to be exactly what its' title purports: a perfect crystallization of what heist films are defined as and should aspire to be.
June 2, 2010
Personally, I think all of Mamet's films are deeply underrated. This film was entertaining for sure but certainly not one of Mamet's best.
½ April 19, 2010
...I don't know why I keep thinking of this movie lately. I loved it when I saw it and should probably see it again- I'm not even certain how good it is.
½ November 24, 2009
Of course, this is a Mamet con movie, so it has to be taken in this category. In that context, this is the no as good as the others. House of Games, Spanish Prisoner, and I put Spartan in this category, are all better. It is only better than Redbelt. This one plays out decent, but unlike his other movies where it doesn?t really try to give an emotional performance or connection from all parties, this one seems like people are really trying to act and it throws it all off. The story is still good and makes up for the odd, slightly hokey gunplay, but it has great moments and a good story. However, his wife is all wrong in this movie and they didn?t let Rockwell go off.

It?s a decent movie to wrap your brain around, but only after you?ve seen the others. He can?t win them all.
½ July 30, 2008
I?m a sucker for heist movies. The planning, the execution, the double-cross that usually comes about because it NEVER goes according to plan, everything. As Dane Cook pointed out, it?s something that every guy would kill to be a part of. It?s just so cool. I learned about Heist from a list of the top ?Guy? movies in some magazine. After viewing it though, I wouldn?t really consider it up there.

Heist wasted no money on a fancy title. It is what it says it is - a movie about a heist. A group of professionals head by Joe (Gene Hackman) performs these elaborate robberies. Joining Joe are his wife, Fran (played by the very bland Rebecca Pidgeon), Bob (played by the always cool Delroy Lindo) and Pinky (Ricky Jay). They?ve been doing this for years and they do it well. Enter the set-up guy Mickey (Danny DeVito) who stiffs them on a job. He says he?ll make it up to them with another one, but his bumbling nephew, Jimmy (Sam Rockwell) has to come along.

The group sets out to plan this heist all the while knowing that something?s just not right with Jimmy. You get this feeling throughout the entire plan and execution. Jimmy?s obviously a doucebag and a stupid one at that. The first half to three-quarters of the film felt a little uneven to me. There were these really great scenes and then they were immediately followed by this lackluster, boring ones. Thankfully things came together (like a perfect heist) in the end and just with any great movie about the subject, you?re not sure if it?s over until the credits roll. Did Jimmy get one over on Joe? Or is Joe too smart for that? It?s like a big chess game.

For the most part, the actors did an alright job. Even though Hackman is definitely showing his age, he turned in a great performance and one of the most badass line deliveries ever. (XXX: Aren?t you going to hear my last words? Joe: I just did. *BLAM*) Rockwell felt like he was phoning in a lot of his scenes though. Granted, his character is supposed to look like he doesn?t really know what he?s doing, but it just felt like he wasn?t even trying half the time.

Heist has it?s flaws, but in the end, it?s a decent flick. If you?re a fan of Ocean?s Eleven or any other heist movie, you?ll dig this one, hands down.
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