Henry's Crime (2011)
Henry's Crime (2011)
Critic Consensus: Supporting actors Vera Farmiga and James Caan give the movie a little heft, but Henry's Crime is an otherwise predictable heist/comedy with slow pacing.
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Critic Reviews for Henry's Crime
What's needed is someone nervous to play Henry. A Steve Buscemi, for example. Reeves maintains a sort of Zen detachment.
The film's ungainly mix of heist, romance and backstage comedy never jells.
"Henry's Crime" is a movie that eschews the details and tries to get by on charm, and it does have charm - just not enough to get by.
Though the movie has some engagingly quirky moments, everything falls into place far too easily for much suspense to build, and the romance between the two leads seems as contrived as everything else.
Its mood is so muffled and point so submerged, it's difficult to see why Mr. Reeves and the rest of the cast pooled their talents to make a movie about a nowhere man going no place in particular in Buffalo.
Audience Reviews for Henry's Crime
"Keanu was perfect for this role. He is good at playing awkward silent types. I think that's just how he is in real life. So it's not a role I feel that challenged him much. As far as the story goes, it was just OK. Nothing special here. The acting was just OK as well. I liked Vera Farmiga in this. Her character is loud and a bit of a bitch. But that's not a bad thing, lol. She and James Caan gave this movie life. I was a little bored most of the film. But if you like a quiet crime drama, this is for you. Not a movie I would see again."
An aimless man who seems to be just shuffling through life with no purpose or concern finds himself in prion for a crime he didn't commit. While there, his cellmate tells him that he needs purpose in life, and also, that since he's done the time, he might as well do the crime. So, upon getting released, he decides to actually rob the bank he's already served time for supposedly robbing. Due to some plot points, he also finds himself acting as the male lead in a production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard where he also tries to woo the play's female lead. This is a pretty decent set up, and I really wanted to like this little rom com/hest hybird, but overall, this is just a flat, slow, miosfire that seems mostly devoid of heart and soul. The music, a nice soul score, is at least nice, and the camera work is decent, but the film just doesn't have enough push to make it worthwhile. James Caan (as the cellmate) and Vera Farmiga (as the female lead) try their best, and do a decent job of giving the film some weight and life, but it's not quite enough. There's also some okay work from Bill Duke and Peter Stormare, but they are also not able to quite save the film. You'd think that given his reputation for being dry, dull, and lifeless that Keanu Reeves would be awesome as Henry, since he, like the character, seems to just sleepwalk through life, but instead he's merely okay, and just more bland. He does try though, or at least it seems that way. All in all, this started out promising, but really failed to deliver, ending up instead as a generic film with lots of potential going to waste. See it if you want, but only if you feel you must.
"If you've done the time, do the crime." Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.
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