A film by John Hillcoat
Cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie , Woody Harrelson, Aaron paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus
Here is a film Neo-Noir that could of been great but did not deliver, even has a few surprises but didn’t pan out as a slow burning thriller. Plus the cast for perfect with a bunch of A-list stars. It is a good film but not great.
Michael (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a bank robber with Special Forces training who pulls off jobs with his military pal, Russell (“The Walking Dead”‘s Norman Reedus), a pair of corrupt cops in Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Jorge (Clifton Collins Jr.), and Russell’s drug addict brother, Gabe (Aaron Paul). They pull a bank heist targeting a specific deposit box. Of course something goes wrong because of one team member that almost got them caught. There is an involvement with a Russian-Israeli headed by Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet) running her mobster husband’s business while he rots in a gulag. She has been using Michael as her go to boy. In the mix there is the new guy Chris (Casey Affleck) who is transfer to the unit and is clueless who are the bad cops, well at first anyway and there is is uncle played by Woody Harrelson.
Chris is pretty much the only redeemable character in the entire film, with Chris’ uncle who happens to be investigating the robberies by Michael’s crew. The film is mostly focus on Micheal and his crew. The thing is this film is predictable as hell it is like deja-vu. The actors does a great job to deliver their roles even Winslet pulls it off but she is a little off at times something does not click, although she is not recognizable you have to pay you attention. Other then that it should scratch the itch for fans of this Neo-Noir film. Like I said it could been great but it is just good and watchable.