L.A. Takedown Reviews
3 Natalie Portmans
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.
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.