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Armored (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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

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Critic Reviews for Armored

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (13)

An unabashed B movie: basic, brutal and sometimes clumsy, but far from dumb, and not bad at all.

December 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Armored won't win any prizes, but it does offer comforting evidence that there's still room for a well-crafted B movie among CG-laden spectacles.

December 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This unambitious caper flick takes a while to get moving but gradually develops a modest meat-and-potatoes appeal, compromised in the third act by a whopping and perfectly avoidable plot hole.

December 7, 2009 | Full Review…

Antal is never much beyond serviceable here, but he does make a chase-duel between two entirely identical armored cars almost decipherable, which is no mean feat.

December 7, 2009 | Full Review…

It's a film without twists, where everything is what it seems, and when the mess has been resolved, it's even at a loss for a proper denouement. Armored just ends-and with it, so does the access to plush chairs and free air conditioning.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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It isn't bulletproof by a long shot, but director Nimrod Antal's grungy gang-of-thieves pic is tough and, for this genre, surprisingly ethical.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Armored


Boy does this start crappy, I mean come on...a film trying to make security guards look cool haha I think they've made a film about almost every kind of uniformed job in some aspect at some point trying to make them cool or just send them up. I'm currently waiting for an action film about train drivers or maybe light rail/tram drivers haha. It starts off in the usual boyish, backslapping, act tough n look rough way which is totally hilarious and stupid. You meet the cast which is actually a good line up but boy do they ham it up in a bad way, in fact this could of been a Bay film had it been laden with over the top CGI. The plot is the usual predictable heist gone wrong so you know the outcome from the start, the only question is who dies first from the 'baddie' crew? To be honest it does get better near the end as the tension mounts but you can see miles off what's gonna happen. Predictable, cliched, dumb, over the top, totally unbelievable and unnecessarily macho at times, this is perfect Saturday night stuff when your drunk with your mates. But between me and you even then its still a pretty lame action flick.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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crap movie

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

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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.

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