A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.
Nick Wells, a professional criminal, decides to leave the business for good, since he nearly got caught on his last job. His plan is to live in peace with his girl Diane, running his Montreal jazz club. Soon afterward, Max, his good friend and financial partner, comes along with an offer Nick can't refuse: A historical and priceless French scepter has been discovered while being smuggled into the country. It is now under massive surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon to be returned to France. Nick has to team up with Max's man inside, the young, talented and aggressive thief Jack Teller to get the precious item. Only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share? Written by
The first scene with Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro talking at a table was shot with De Niro on a tight schedule, giving the filmmakers only thirty minutes to set up the cameras and lighting. See more »
When Nick goes to let Diane in for their dinner there is a torrential downpour outside but Diane comes in completely dry. See more »
If you want me to do this, you gotta pay me what's right. It's gotta be that way.
I always pay you what's right.
You always think you do. I always know what you pay me. It's not always right.
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You won't find anything innovative here. A veteran thief looking for his "last job" so he can retire. A young "know-it-all" thief. The bankroller who brings it together. The girlfriend who wants the veteran to retire.
The roles are comfortable, the characters familiar. At least they're acted well. De Niro turns in one of the performances he *always* turns in of late. He breezes through the scenes providing satisfactory drama but doing *nothing* memorable. You will forget the character's name by the time the credits are done.
Brando... I'm not sure why he was in this, other than to place him in a movie with De Niro. He was fine as the money man but, given his legend, you just expect so much more.
Norton did the best. Maybe he's young enough to still give the extra effort and not just play the role adequately but try to breathe life into it as well.
The job itself is also routine. We have the valuable target. The nearly impregnable holding spot. The plans, the tunnels, the cameras. *yawn*
Oh well. If you just need an evening movie to relax with, this will do. As I said, all elements (acting, story, direction) are fine and you won't feel like you've wasted your time.
You also won't remember it tomorrow.
5 out of 10.
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