James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go.
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James (Hayden Christensen) owes his life to his older brother, Frankie (Adrien Brody) after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily (Jordana Brewster). Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. He turns to his underworld connections (Akon) and convinces James to join him in hopes that one last job will be the solution to change both their lives. Written by
After serving ten years in prison in New Orleans, the smalltime criminal Frankie Kelly (Adrien Brody) comes to the house of his younger brother, James Kelly (Hayden Christensen), who is a mechanic in a local workshop. James is dating the gorgeous Emily (Jordana Brewster), who works as operator in the NOLA Police Ddepartment, and lives a honest life. Frankie introduces James to his friends Sugar (Akon) and Ray (Tory Kittles) that helped him in the prison and soon James learns that they are planning a bank heist with the gangster Spoonie (Luis Da Silva Jr.). He tries to recuse to participate but Ray forces him threatening his older brother. What will James do?
"American Heist" is a boring and melodramatic heist film. The relationship between Frankie and James is never dramatic but seems to be a soap opera. The awful end of the film without the conclusion of the story is not an intelligent open end, like in many European movies, but simply lack of ending. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "O Último Golpe" ("The Last Coup")
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