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I've just watched this movie, and though my expectations were not very high, "Henry's Crime" surprised me in a very pleasant way. The acting is superb, starting with a sentimental Keanu Reeves, continuing with an excellent performance by Vera Farmiga, and ending with the always credible James Caan. The plot in itself is very simple, but that simplicity is an important feature of this film. Henry (Reeves) gets mixed up, unknowingly, in a bank robbery by an old high school buddy. After serving three years in prison, he decided to change the way he handled his life, by attempting to rob the same bank, though this time, with full intention. When casing the bank, he gets run over by Julie (Farmiga), an actress working in a play in the theater next to the bank. From there on, they got to know each other, until they began a relationship. At the same time, Henry asks his former cell-mate, Max (Caan), to help him out to rob the bank. The plot seems kind of unrealistic, but, in my opinion, it is not important. The real important thing is the portrayal of each character, very well done if you ask me. The writers focus on the fears, the dreams, and the feelings of each character to state how we may react in the different situations the movie presents. Though it has not the potential to win an Oscar, "Henry's Crime" is an excellent movie, entertaining, but above all, insightful, which is something not very common these days.
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