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American Heist (2015)

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James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. He turns to his underworld connections and convinces James to join him in hopes that one last job will be the solution to change both their lives.

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Cast

Adrien Brody
as Frankie
Akon
as Sugar
Laura Cayouette
as Loan Officer
Divine Prince Ty Emmecca
as Mardi Gras Indian
Kenneth Kynt Bryan
as Mardi Gras Goer
Joe Chrest
as Captain
Judd Lormand
as Paramedic
John L. Armijo
as Prison Guard
Jesse Yarborough
as Bank Executive
Jon Arthur
as Bank Security
Ronnie Hooks
as Bank Teller
Carl Singleton
as Bank Hostage
Jazzy Ellis
as Police Dispatcher
Joseph Uzzell
as Moving Truck Driver
John McConell
as Bank Manager
Rachel Bilson
as Eyewitness
Carol Sutton
as Hostage Woman
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Critic Reviews for American Heist

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

American Heist, I want my 94 minutes back.

July 24, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Despite a few strong emotional beats, the crime drama "American Heist" proves as undistinguished as its generic title.

July 24, 2015 | Full Review…

American Heist has straight-to-video written all over it. Once there, I recommend you skip directly to the last act if you decide to watch it at all.

July 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen work hard in crime drama American Heist but can't muscle beyond average material as yin-and-yang brothers coerced into one last bank job.

July 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Slick but derivative and forgettable on all levels.

September 10, 2014 | Full Review…

A run-of-the-mill crime drama that toes the risibility line on several occasions, even if it's better made than your typical straight-to-video movie.

September 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Heist

It isn't fair and it isn't right, but in the minds of many moviegoers, certain performers will always be associated with their most memorable roles. For me, Hayden Christensen will always be Anakin Skywalker, and it's strange to see him in anything but a Science Fiction film, but that doesn't mean he's not capable of playing anything else, as he shows in American Heist. Christensen plays James Kelly, an man who became an ex-con, for simply looking up to and trying to help his older brother, Frankie (Adrien Brody). As James is getting his life on track, Frankie is being released from prison and is of course looking for one big score. Now, James has to decide what's more important, keeping his new life on track or saving his older brother. Hayden Christensen gives an admirable performance, once you get passed the initial shock of Anakin cursing and covered in tattoos, but it's Adrien Brody who steals the show. Brody isn't an Academy Award winner for nothing, as his character pulls at the heart strings and has you running the gambit of emotions. Everyone knows someone like Frankie and wonders which way they'll turn out. In this case, there is also the added incentive of finding out if he'll drag his brother along with him, either way. American Heist isn't the best film out there, the story has been done, and at times, it's a little dull. This film is more about the characters and their values more than anything else. There's a fair share of language and guns, but unlike many other thrillers, that's not really the focus here, which in the end, is appreciated.

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