Empire State (2013)
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Despite being based on a true story, Empire State is nothing but a bland and predictable tale that completely lacks originality.
Audience Reviews for Empire State
Based on a true story.
Very good film! I was pleasantly surprised, at no point was this film hard to watch or boring to me, just an OK thriller like many others that is worth watching even if it's not blowing your mind away. The movie does an excellent job of capturing that 80's New York feel. The actors all play their parts well and speak with appropriate accents.The movie has a really good script and the director gave his best to create scenes and pace that keep your adrenaline and interest in high levels.
After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the EMPIRE STATE Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company's lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there - resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. History. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences.
A riveting crime-drama. A strong, tough, confident and surprisingly engaging piece of work from Director, Dito Montiel who brings his own style of mean street intensity to everything he does. Montiel gets you involved with these characters and makes you invest in them and shows a gritty and bittersweet reality to add depth to this true story. His most gritty film since A Guide to Recognizing your Saints. Liam Hemsworth is sensational, the young Australian actor brings great energy and heart to his performance, showing that in time he will be a very promising and dynamic star. Dwayne Johnson is terrific, he gives a tough and strong performance. Johnson just nails the role of this detective and you actually feel like he is a cop. The film gives some rather satisfying and really good performances.
Going into Empire State I really wasn't sure what to expect. However I was pleasantly surprised. Although nothing original, I found the film quite good for what it was. Liam Hemsworth gives a surprising performance. Although this is not his best performance, he does show a knack for delivering some effective work and he shows potential as a talented actor. The plot has its flaws, but it was better than what I thought it was going to be. Empire State won't win any words, but it works well as mindless entertainment. If you're looking for a good little flick to watch, this one may be the one to watch. Empire State is a film to watch when you have nothing else better to watch. With the cast here, they do work well enough with the average material to make it work well enough for you to keep you interested. There are things that could have been done better, but as a whole, it's not a film that deserves all the flack it has received. I've seen far worst movies than this, and the film had potential of being much better. As it is, it's worth seeing, just don't expect anything great either. Empire State is a film that works well with its limitations to try and create something watchable, and in that respect, it works well. However it's far from the film it could have been. Give it a viewing if you're bored and have nothing else better to do. Crime fans will surely enjoy this one; others looking for a more structured film will surely be disappointed as the material here is nothing new.
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