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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Sarik Andreasyan

Writer:

Raul Inglis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Christensen ... James Kelly
Earl Minor ... Detective Marks
Adrien Brody ... Frankie Kelly
Jordana Brewster ... Emily
Akon ... Sugar
Tory Kittles ... Ray
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Spoonie
Lance E. Nichols ... Auto Shop Boss
John McConnell John McConnell ... Bank Manager
Joe Chrest ... (Police) Captain Sullivan
Aaron V. Williamson ... House
Rachel Bilson ... Eyewitness
Laura Cayouette ... Loan Officer
Carol Sutton ... Hostage Woman
Elena Sanchez ... Katie
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The bulk of the shooting for this movie took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. See more »

Goofs

Sugar in a gas tank takes more than a new fuel filter and cleaning the tank. The pump and possibly injectors would need cleaning and possibly replacement too. See more »

Quotes

Ray: The banking institutions are more dangerous than the army.
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Connections

Remake of The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) See more »

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Performed by Akon featuring OG Boo Dirty
Written by Akon (as Aliaune "Akon" Thiam)
Co-Produced by Troels Nielsen for 808 Playtime and Ali "Platinum" Yousaf Music
Courtesy of Konlive Distribution
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Haphazard "dramatic" plot, with not much action to back it up
30 October 2015 | by rinzler-16487See all my reviews

Action? Solid, but nothing special. Heist element? Lacking, but enough for fans of non-elaborate larceny.

Neither of those things, however, take center stage for long. The movie wants so desperately to focus on the emotional aspect of the story...on the relationships. The problem is, it introduces these connections and backstories one after another without REALLY giving any depth to a single one. Moments that, if developed properly, could be sincere and truly emotional are rather just "out of left field" scenes that just waste screen time with a story that doesn't make a lot of sense.

On a more technical note, it almost gives the feeling that the cinematographer got switched out halfway through the movie. The beginning is filled with erratic zooms and cuts, standard cheap action movie stuff, while the mid-to ending is much more characteristic of...well...a GOOD, professional movie.

The drama is definitely the focus of the movie, but even some halfway-decent action and a plot twist or two along the way couldn't save this movie from it's nonsensical emotional story, with some awkward dialogue to boot.


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Country:

Canada | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Heist See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,931,475
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2.40 : 1
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