Ty Hackett: Just promise me that no one's gonna get hurt.
A competent heist thriller that works better than I thought it would. While there are plenty of moments to think about its silly aspects, the film never moves into mindless action territory, is well made, and actually has some good performances.
Columbus Short stars as Ty, an Iraq War vet, now working as an armored transport security officer, with his godfather, Mike, played by Matt Dillon, among other crew members played by actors that include: Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Skeet Ulrich, and Fred Ward as the firm's captain. Ty lives with his brother, in their parents house, who have recently died. Ty is just getting by with his troublemaker brother, with threats from the bank that his house may be taken away.
With everything to lose, Ty may be in luck when Mike offers him a way out. The plan- well the guys are gonna be transporting 42 million dollars in a day; how about, instead of delivering the money where it needs to go, the guards stage a robbery and keep the money for themselves. Its fool-proof. Right?
Ty reluctantly signs on, and the heist is in action. Of course, things don't go as planned, when a few hiccups and some unwanted shooting get in the way of Ty following along with the rest of the group. Now, as Ty confines himself inside one of the armored cars, with the rest of the gang outside trying to get to him and the money, Ty must find a way out of this situation.
Directed by Nimrod Antal, who also did the just okay, but also competently made thriller Vacancy, this film doesn't exactly have an original premise, but Antal makes sure to keep the story feeling fresh and exciting. Different turns keep occurring in the story to amp up the tension, various characters make game changing decisions, and everything remains fairly believable throughout (maybe not necessarily in a why way, but in a how way).
The dark and grungy cinematography is welcome for this kind of thriller, with the bulk of the action taking place in an abandoned steel mill. The industrial score is also welcome. The film also managed to be quite bloody for a PG-13 action flick, but not in a goofy action way, more in an-as a result of what's just happened way.
I wasn't familiar with Columbus Short before this, but does a good job in the lead role here. He has to remain a solid straight man throughout, working through the escalating tension and does a good job, while never becoming the bland hero character. I've always been a fan of Matt Dillon, and he too does a good job here as the ringleader of this heist plan. He doesn't play his role villainous, but more as a man with a need, only breaking from being reasonable when he is pushed to his limits. Laurence Fishburne goes a bit over the top, and is a bit too trigger happy, but a nice and imposing presence. I can't remember the last time I've seen Skeet Ulrich in anything, but I certainly don't remember him being as good of an actor as he was here. Some solid work from Jean Reno is an obvious statement; quiet, imposing, but not nearly used enough.
This is a good example of a film that follows a formula, but manages to layer a fresh coat of good looking paint on it
Mike Cochrone: Why couldn't you just open the doors?