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Armored (2009)



Critic Consensus: This B-grade thriller has a good cast and director but is undone by plot holes and messy conclusion.

Movie Info

Vacancy director Nimród Antal helms the crime thriller Armored, starring Columbus Short as Ty, an armored truck guard who gets wrapped up in a heist scheme hatched by his godfather and mentor on the job, Mike (Matt Dillon). Along with a team that includes Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, and Skeet Ulrich, the group makes off with a shipment of 40 million dollars, but things start to unravel when one of them kills a homeless man as they stash the cash. Ty, who almost didn't sign on to the job but caved when his house was on the verge of foreclosure and his brother nearly taken out of his custody by Child Welfare, breaks from the plan and locks himself in one of the armored trucks until he figures out a way out of the deadly scenario. While Ty is trapped inside the truck with half of the loot, the rest of the crew has only so much time before they're reported missing, bringing life-or-death decisions to a heist where no blood was to be spilled. Things get further complicated when a patrol officer (Milo Ventimiglia) comes snooping around the warehouse district where the crew has been hiding. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence, some disturbing images and brief strong language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James V. Simpson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2010
Box Office: $16.0M
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Matt Dillon
as Chief Officer Michae...
Jean Reno
as Quinn
Columbus Short
as Ty Hackett
Fred Ward
as Ashcroft
Andre Jamal Kinney
as Jimmy Hackett
Shawn Devorse
as Federal Guard #2
Robert Harvey
as Bank Guard
Garry Guerrier
as Federal Guard
Lorna Raver
as Child Welfare Agent
Gary Guerrier
as Federal Guard
Glenn Taranto
as Joe the Cook
Nick Jameson
as Homeless Man
Andrew Fiscella
as Dispatcher #1
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Critic Reviews for Armored

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (13)

An action flick that gets bogged down with unlikely plot twists. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | April 3, 2010

Isn't clever or inventive enough to seem like a high-stakes game.

Full Review… | March 29, 2010
Lessons of Darkness

It's free of gimmicky twists, to be sure, but it's also lacking tension, ingenuity and fun.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010

Director Nimod Antal's stripped-down genre exercise -- there's not even a hint of a romantic subplot -- is unremarkable but efficient.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

You'd have to put me in a lock box to see it again.

Full Review… | February 16, 2010
3BlackChicks Review

Armored should crackle with nervous energy; however, the bland characters don't get much of interest to do and are virtually interchangeable.

Full Review… | January 31, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Armored


Boy does this start crappy, I mean come on...a film trying to make security guards look cool haha I think they've made a film about almost every kind of uniformed job in some aspect at some point trying to make them cool or just send them up. I'm currently waiting for an action film about train drivers or maybe light rail/tram drivers haha.

It starts off in the usual boyish, backslapping, act tough n look rough way which is totally hilarious and stupid. You meet the cast which is actually a good line up but boy do they ham it up in a bad way, in fact this could of been a Bay film had it been laden with over the top CGI. The plot is the usual predictable heist gone wrong so you know the outcome from the start, the only question is who dies first from the 'baddie' crew?

To be honest it does get better near the end as the tension mounts but you can see miles off what's gonna happen. Predictable, cliched, dumb, over the top, totally unbelievable and unnecessarily macho at times, this is perfect Saturday night stuff when your drunk with your mates.

But between me and you even then its still a pretty lame action flick.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

crap movie

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer


I think this movie isn't getting the credit it deserves. It did have a few flaws and didn't have a lot of substance but all in all it was exciting to watch and I think it's an above average and unique heist movie. There was a bit of character development with great direction and amazing cinematography and lighting. It also held a strong moral that proves that people can go from being best friends to enemies through their greediness. Ultimately, for a low budget thriller, I was pleasantly surprised by Armored because it was believable and wasn't for that matter, dumb.

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