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



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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, Rovi


Matt Dillon
as Chief Officer Michael Cochrane
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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  • Jan 18, 2012
    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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2011
    This starts off as a fairly strong thriller with a good build up, but then spirals out a control and gets a little ridiculous, ultimately adding up to something shakey and a fizzled letdown. It's ALMOST fairly good though. There are some parts that are well done, and you can tell that everyone was at least trying. The problem is that the films is really evocative of far better films(mostly Reservoir Dogs) and never reaches that level of greatness. Also, some of the character actions and motivations don't really make much sense, or seem jumbled. I blame the lackluster script. The ideas at hand are kind of cool though, and the film is never boring, but it feels like there's not much at stake, and, like I said, there's not a lot of motivation given (except for one character). The cast are good though, and the performances, while nothing great, aren't out of place for something like this. And, while he's not bad, I wasn't overly impressed with Columbus Short as the lead. He *ahem* comes up short, so to speak. Antal isn't an amazign director, but he's okay, and if he keeps working at it, he could really become a decent director. Overall, this is a decent enough b-movie. A lot of it is not bad, but there's enough that leaves a lot to be desired to keep the rating right where it is. However, I still kind of recommend it.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2011
    I very much enjoy watching action movies with good casts and decent scripts. So although there is not much substance, it felt a well balanced film to switch on and switch off to in the evening.
    Alexander W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2011
    Forgettable but entertaining enough.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer

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