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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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Ray
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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 Lionsgate

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexual material and brief drug use. | See all certifications »

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American Heist. Skok zycia.  »

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Jordana Brewster is actually 1 year older than Hayden Christensen in real life. See more »

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The Fiat doesn't have a carburetor; it is fuel injected. See more »

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Ray: The banking institutions are more dangerous than the army.
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Remake of The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) See more »

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On Some Bullshit
Performed by Akon
Written by Akon (as Aliaune "Akon" Thiam) and Tee Money
Produced by Nikko da Kid
Courtesy of Konlive Distribution / Upfront Megatainment
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Save your time and money, watch Heat or The Town Instead
13 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I caught the premiere of this movie at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and out of all the films I screened this week, this was by far the worst. Audience members walked out mid way and rightfully so.

Adrian Brody attempted to play a hardened criminal however came off more as a leisure suited forgettable character. Set in New Orleans neither Brody or Christensen could maintain any type of accent or connection.

Hayden Christensen appears in a role often played by Casey Affleck only without any sort of stage presence. There was zero connection between these two supposed brothers mixed with random crying scenes to evoke failed emotions.

Akon proves that he's just as forgettable as an actor as he is a music artist and having his music included in the soundtrack only added to the ridiculousness of this film.

With a plot containing so many holes that the end was seen before the 15 minute mark hit lets you know what you're in for. Borrowing from Heat and The Town, American Heist leaves the audience wanting more and wondering what and why they just watched.

Jordana Brewster looks great and was probably the only redeeming quality of the film for that reason alone.

Save your time and money and avoid this one.


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