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Two teens impulsively decide to rob a bank, a la Bonnie and Clyde. Quickly they find themselves in over their heads as they are forced to take a bank full of hostages and the FBI are at the door. Hostages include a heroin addicted Gulf War vet, the pesky bank manager, a gruff old man, a calm bank employee, and a helpful young woman. The head FBI man must sort through the psychology of all the participants to try to keep the events from escalating. Underlying in all of this is the pure adolescence of the two who initiate the trouble. Written by
John Sacksteder <email@example.com>
As you probably know, the whole "Dog Day Afternoon" plot has been done to death by other movies and television shows. But the twist in this redoing - having the hostage takers be youths - does have some promise. Sadly, the execution here is poorly handled. Burt Reynolds (who spends almost all of his scenes in a squad car, suggesting that his footage was quickly filmed) acts like he is performing in his sleep. But his performance is Academy Award material compared to the other acting in the movie. I don't blame the two youths who play the hostage takers for their poor performances - I blame the director for having them act in a way that more suggests crazy ADULTS instead of confused YOUTHS. It also doesn't help that their dialogue also comes across in this way as well. This movie really stretches credibility, not just for that but for also revealing that the 63 year-old Reynolds plays someone who is the father of a little girl.
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