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L.A. Takedown Reviews

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August 13, 2013
From humble beginnings....
3 Natalie Portmans
August 5, 2013
Remade as Heat in 1995, L.A. Takedown was Mann's original TV movie of what was to become (in Heat) his epic crime drama. The characters are lacking the depth which Pacino and De Niro would bring to the roles but as a blueprint for what was to come this is a decent enough "first draft" with an excellent shootout scene which still holds up today. But at 90 minutes (Heat was close to 3 hours) Takedown feels rushed and spliced together roughly.
½ June 20, 2013
This is a very good crime movie! This film was remade as Heat!
May 12, 2013
TV movie/failed pilot by Michael Mann later remade with exacting similarity as "Heat". Interesting to see artificial the sharp-edged procedural style stripped of the dramatic expansiveness applied to its prestige picture remake.
April 16, 2013
Pretty much plays like a cliff-notes version of Heat.
April 13, 2013
"Hanna is the cop, and the HEAT is on!"

January 22, 2013
This is my new #1 reason why remakes are a GOOD THING!!! Holy God. What if Heat was Miami Vice the show? This. Starring Adam Sandler and Jean Claude Van Damme. Make it go away Movie God... Make the pain stop. I feel so bad for Mann and I am happy as punch that he later got a REAL budget to make his VERSION as intended.
½ October 11, 2012
The TV version of HEAT that Michael Mann made almost ten years before heat. It is virtually identical though shorter and with a different ending. Surprisingly good. Some of the acting is a little weak but, Alex McArthur (whom I had coincidentally seen recently in RAMPAGE) is quite good as Patrick, the role later made famous by Robert De Niro. Hard to find but worth a look if you're a fan of HEAT or Mann.
May 10, 2012
Having seen Heat several times it is impossible to review L.A. Takedown without making comparisons. Many of the good ideas that formed the basis of Heat are present here but they are often ragged in this incarnation and sometimes feel incidental. Heat is a fully fleshed out rendition of this story, the film-making, the acting and the scripting are all superior. Obviously this isn't as slick as the 1995 film but the 90 minute runtime also means less character development which in turn means we don't get to invest in the characters in the same way.

Heat aside there are still problems with L.A. Takedown. Xander berkeley, who i generally like, is horribly miscast. His character is intended to be menacing, it just looks like he's pretending so it's difficult to take him seriously. The dialogue is decidedly ropey, although in the context of a 1980's TV cop thriller it fits, in an odd way. The two leads are adequate and as with the dialogue, they fit in with the aesthetics of the film as a whole.

Perhaps the comparisons with Heat aren't fair given the production values of each film but it does serve to highlight that remakes, if used correctly, can be useful.
March 16, 2012
considering that this is a TV movie it's actually quite good. michael mann later remade it as "heat" 1995 which added more depth to the story and had a much better cast. however, all the elements are here in this film and it's pretty good. if you like the film "heat" i recommend watching this.
½ January 4, 2012
Granted, the script isn't too awful, though it's a far cry from the reworked version used for Heat, but everything else is simply horrendously bad ⦠very much including Michael Mann's direction. It's easy to see why he'd want to go back and get it right with Heat, and we should all be thankful he did. I would assume the chasm between L.A. Takedown and Heat is largely a result of circumstances, seeing as this is a tv production and that tv back in 1989 rarely even came close to movie quality entertainment, but even so ⦠it's simply not enough to excuse this absolute piece of shit. The only reason to watch this movie is as a cautionary tale to be compared to Heat.
Super Reviewer
October 16, 2011
This is the movie that was remade into Heat.
Super Reviewer
October 11, 2011
also written and directed by michael mann, the t.v movie that eventually was remade into the 1995 film heat,, but stands up well, very cheap,especially looking very 80s, but a engageing story, its only down fall being , heat came along 6 years later, with deniro and pacino,a big hollywoood production, which does make this look cheap and dated,
½ December 2, 2010
Worth seeing if you're a fan of Michael Mann and curious as to how he developed "Heat", which is pretty much his unquestioned masterpiece. Imagine that film on 1/10th of the budget and with almost uniformly horrible actors. Xander Berkeley is the standout here, playing the loathsome Waingro with relish to burn. The sap who plays Vincent Hanna delivers such a charisma-free performance that he must have been some non-actor that Mann found living at a bus station.

One major difference: Act 3 was almost completely overhauled in "Heat", and despite De Niro's badassery, the finale of that story did not quite have the moral ambiguity and ironic turns of fate seen in "Takedown", instead substituting a lame bit of cat-and-mouse on an airport tarmac. It's still highly problematic, but Hanna and McCauley (here named McLaren, I guess after the import sports car?) come across less as closet cases and more as two halves of a coin that's tragically destined to be punted out of a 14th story hotel room window.
November 13, 2010
The predecessor to Mann's infamous heist movie Heat. It's the exact same story, only this is a made for tv movie with a much lower budget and B-list actors. For what it had, it wasn't half bad but is forgotten due to a bigger better remake.
½ August 23, 2010
Avec ce téléfilm, Mann posait quasiment toutes les bases de ce qui allait devenir HEAT, soit le meilleur film des 90s. Du coup c'est amusant de voir comment celui-là à pu servir de modèle de départ, et à quel point il a été transcendé pour la version ciné.
½ February 16, 2010
Version originale de "Heat" du même Michael Mann, ce téléfilm tient bien la route, même s'il s'agit clairement d'un film des années 80 ce n'est pas ridicule puisque ce n'est pas filmé comme un vidéo clip d'époque. En tout cas Mann sait bien filmer, ce qu'il confirmera plusieurs fois par la suite, et les persos sont bien traités. On voit déjà les traitement chers au réal, des personnages égaux qu'ils soient du côté du bien ou du mal, avec leurs faiblesses et leurs forces et même un certain respect l'un envers l'autre, seuls leurs actes les rend différents mais ils se ressemblent quand même. Je comprend pas pourquoi la moyenne est aussi basse sur ce site, c'est peut-être à cause de Heat, mais même si je n'ai pas encore vu ce dernier (ça ne saurait tarder maintenant), cette version n'a pas à rougir de la comparaison, et elle a au moins le mérite d'être l'originale !
February 13, 2010
I thought the acting as a whole wasnt great (very computer/robot like with McArthur) especially Scott Plank. Cinematography was very bland at times. Obviously nothing compared to Heat....
December 17, 2009
few people know that HEAT is a remake of this movie. I liked it, but knowing Heat it's a bit weird to watch... but great to see some of Mann's roots
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