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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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None of the plan details so essential to a tense heist drama are given to us; the gang's individual characterisations get lost, and the movie gets boringly marooned in a Reservoir Dogsish abandoned stockyard. Disappointing.
An unabashed B movie: basic, brutal and sometimes clumsy, but far from dumb, and not bad at all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No-nonsense B crime thriller.
An action flick that gets bogged down with unlikely plot twists. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Isn't clever or inventive enough to seem like a high-stakes game.
It's free of gimmicky twists, to be sure, but it's also lacking tension, ingenuity and fun.
Director Nimod Antal's stripped-down genre exercise -- there's not even a hint of a romantic subplot -- is unremarkable but efficient.
You'd have to put me in a lock box to see it again.
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.
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.
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.
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