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A gritty L.A crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan an impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.Written by
Prior to filming, two separate boot camps were run in order to get the cops and the robbers in shape for their respective roles with both groups training separately to enforce a rival atmosphere. Interestingly, each group was trained differently by military consultant Paul Maurice. See more »
At the 1hour 14minute mark, Merrimen proceeds to tell Donnie to "always keep your finger off the trigger until you're gonna shoot somebody, if and when that happens, safety selector switch. One for semi, two for full auto." Earlier in the movie it was stated that Donnie did 1.5 years in the Marine Corps. With Merrimen being a former MARSOC Marine he would have no reason to go over that with Donnie. Aside from the significant amount of time being trained on the M16 platform at boot camp, Donnie would have attended either the Infantry Training Battalion or Marine Combat Training where he would have dedicated even more time to learning that weapon platform. Merrimen would have already known Donnie is more than proficient with that rifle. See more »
This testosterone loaded film about a bunch of armed robbers and their audacious plan to steal money from a bank bears some similarities with Michael Mann's film, "Heat". It's a solid production which begins earnestly in depicting Los Angeles as a red zone for bank robberies and the need for a special squad of LAPD sheriffs to capture the robbers. The heist is absorbing and the best sequence in the film. The rest plays out quite predictably. The drama is portrayed seriously and the robbers are cop killers so when we are invited to laugh at one family scene it's a false note. Nevertheless, this actioner has good pace, some good shootout scenes and a cast more than capable of delivering the action.
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