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Upon viewing the trailers, I waited in anticipation to see this movie. I have just seen it and the first thing I did was google the writer to see if maybe he is a wealthy personality, who once had his money stolen during an armored car transfer and maybe this script was now his closure and revenge? This movie ought to be entitled "How stupid can you be with 42 million dollars"? The subtitle should read "Why didn't you just stay home"? Some of the other reviews here talk of "predictability" in this movie. Are we reviewing the same film (Armored)? To the contrary, this movie is so depressingly unpredictable, that it breaks your heart. Some of the other reviews speak of a "great story line", only if you are some law enforcement officer with an axe to grind, I guess. One review speaks of star power at it's peak and "everyone did a bang-up job". Again, what movie did you see, because this was a complete waist of star power. I don't even know why Lawrence Fishburne accepted a script like this? Jean Reno's character seems almost catatonic. They did the best they could with what they had to work with script wise, but it was so far beneath what could have been. We all know that crime doesn't pay and you will definitely reap what you sow, but a heist movie should be about the heist, a great getaway, the ensuing chase, the investigation and just maybe the icing on the cake of a total eluding of all who chase them! I'm sorry, if it's not broken, don't fix it! Classic subject scenario's require "predictability". If the predictability is anticipated and enjoyable, then it's a bankable asset. In a tangent comparison, people don't seem to care if most popular music sounds the same these days and it does, to it's most boring, mediocre ultimate ever. Society seems to be so tolerant of mediocrity in music, but so intolerant of a little predictability in films; why? It's so backwards. Instead of screwing up the classic ingredient of just enough predictability of a heist movie to keep the enjoyability, it would be nice to bring real music back; music that has interesting progressions, beautiful changes, deep rhythms, bridges and uniqueness (thanks for bearing with my momentary, analytic metaphor). This movie leads you on to think that six blue collar guys, with bills and mortgages, get tired of transporting millions of dollars for their peanut paychecks and decide to cash in for a change, only to get caught up in the most ridiculous, needless, chaotic, foolishness that I have ever seen, in depressing reality. Instead, you end up waiting hopelessly for the scenario to somehow reset from chaos, back to the getaway, but sadly, it never does. The setback becomes the subject matter and spirals relentlessly downward. If you want to see someone (who makes a bad decision to steal) get caught before they even get started, watch "Cops". Why not let them shoplift, or steal some ones wallet, or how about a convenience store holdup? Something menial in comparison. Then let them get caught and do they're time (with plenty of action, drama and intensity therein), but $42,000,000.00?? Come on! It's heart wrenching and depressing to watch. I mean really, who enjoys seeing $42 million get blown up? Where is the slickness, sophistication, smooth execution and intelligence of a well thought out plan, that takes everyone by surprise? The kind that leaves you breathless, wondering "wow, look at the way they pulled that off"! That is where the excitement, intensity and unpredictability is in a heist picture and this never gets old. It's classic and can be enjoyed over and over. So what if it's "predictable" in it's basic story line? SO WHAT?? Some things in life are timeless. At least let them get home with the money James! Spike Lee's "Inside Man" ( in reference ), is ingenious and a more enjoyable formula for me Inside Man (Widescreen Edition). All that said, congratulations are still in order to James V. Simpson for selling "armored", his first script. Just please don't write any more about bank jobs and heists James (cause you don't get it) and if you want to write about a hero, don't make him a rat the next time. Really, if this picture was about true morality, then "Hackett" (Columbus Short) should have been held responsible for ever agreeing to go along with the heist! He still was part of it and would have left with the money as well, if no one got hurt, right? How does he just go home at the end of it, with a totally clear conscious and a possible reward to boot?? He essentially (though inadvertently) caused his partners deaths, by being such a selfish punk. A far cry from the heart, guts and grit of "Little Walter" in Cadillac Records... I am so sorry that I purchased this DVD...
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Featuring a talented high profile cast that includes Matt Dillon (Wild Things), Laurence Fishburne (Event Horizon), Skeet Ulrich (Jericho), and Jean Reno (The Professional), Armored (2009) is a film that seeks to be taken as a serious action drama, however a weak script, makes that goal problematic. Believability is a major issue, in director Nimrod Antal's (Predators, Vacancy) flawed caper film.
A group of five security guards working for the Eagle Shield Armored Transport, intend to commit a robbery, on a run to a Federal Reserve Bank where two armored cars will pick up 42 million in cash. The plan is to detour the cars, unload the cash, and then stage a fake robbery. It's a very simplistic scheme, that sounds dubious to begin with, but add in the fact that the plan requires the cooperation of a sixth guard, who is only informed of the proposed heist the day before the robbery is scheduled to happen, and you have a scenario that has very little credibility.
Like forcing a square peg in a round hole, events in the movie proceed, but things just don't fit right. Mike Cochrane (Matt Dillon) is the mastermind behind the robbery plan. The last one to be brought in on the scheme is Ty Hackett (Columbus Short), a military veteran who also happens to be Cochrane's godchild.
Whether Hackett is in or out, is the critical question that affects the fate of the five other guards. Under financial pressure, Hackett reports for work the following day, and the plan is set in action. The money is picked up, and the armored cars are diverted to an abandoned factory, where the cash is unloaded and hidden. Things appears to be going well, when a homeless man is discovered hiding in area, and is chased down and killed. Believing that things have gone too far, Hackett locks himself inside one of the cars. At first, the gang try to convince him to open the doors, but things get desperate and violent, as it won't be long before the crime is discovered, and the police begin to search for the armored cars.
The plan never proceeds past the robbery stage, but judging by what happens, it is doubtful that the guards would have had the brains or resolve to stand up to a serious police investigation. These are hardly hardened men well prepared for adversity. One man gives up, and another commits suicide, while others are unstable and trigger happy. There are some major issues with first time screenwriter James V. Simpson's screenplay, and there is very little that stands up to any serious scrutiny.
Armored is a film where matters spiral out of control into complete chaos for the guards, and to some extent the filmmakers themselves. Despite some well-executed action sequences, this is a poorly conceived effort, that unfortunately fails to fully utilize the talents of a top notch cast, who try their best with what they are given. The tone is deadly serious, but the story just doesn't measure up.