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David Mamet drives us crazy with a characteristically convoluted caper film that's a lot more about attitude and sleight of hand than it is about action. Mischievous, but you really have to go with the flow.
If it piles on more psychological fake-outs than is safe in a setup this size -- well, at least it's got that talk, that language, that thing Mamet does that is at this point as identifiable as the cadences of the Bard.
For fans of The Sting and other classic cons, this will sound like jackpot time. For others, who prefer their capers less tidy or self-consciously clever, this exercise may carry all the excitement of a drugged mouse in a maze.
Heist is Mamet's biggest and most accessible thriller to date, and if you've never seen any of his films, the movie will work its devilish magic. But for the initiated, Heist carries a whiff of disappointment.
While staccato dialogue and edgy confrontations have always been the wordsmith's forte, the precision-tooled mechanics of an elaborate crime caper have not, and the physical direction here could use some muscle.