A father is without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino. When things go awry they're forced to hijack a city bus.
When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn and Cox are forced to flee on foot and hijack city Bus 657 and take the passengers hostage.Written by
D.B. Sweeney, Gina Carrano and Lydia Hull appeared in Extraction (2015). Gina Carrano plays a character called Kris in this movie while Lydia Hull plays a character also called Kris in Extraction (2015). See more »
After the tire on the bus is repaired and it departs, the back window of the low floor bus (the one with the side windows at different heights) was superimposed on the back of the high floor bus (the one with the side windows at equal heights). The superimposed image moves around as the bus pulls out. See more »
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The plainly titled Heist is just that, a heist movie with cop-and-robber chase added to the mix. It's neither innovative as action movie nor does it have flamboyant group of thieves pulling off intricate steal. Its biggest assets are the actors who perform particularly well to make their characters that much more approachable. The relatively simple premise also works like slot machine, which the audience can just pull and roll with the result without overly complex build-up.
This is the story of Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who is in need of cash for his sick daughter. Faced with desperation he meets up with Cox (Dave Batista) who has a plan of stealing from their own casino boss Pope (Robert De Niro). It's not an elaborate plan, in fact this might just be one of the shortest operations on heist movie.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan from Losers is a fitting choice for the main protagonist. He looks the clever yet disheveled type and the plot easily sets him as the desperate good guy. Robert De Niro has delivered his usual mafia boss performance, and still intimidating at that. The role is miles better than his recent gigs like in Last Vegas or Grudge Match.
Batista also rounds up the crew as the aggressive robber. It seems that they haven't found the perfect role for him, the mild manner support in Riddick and Guardians of the Galaxy or the silent henchman in Spectre are all right. However, he's more convincing as a villain here and it takes advantage of his large physique. The other cast like Gina Carano and Mark-Paul Gosselaar do a good job on their parts, which make it a modestly balanced cast.
The actors pretty much elevate the movie, which admittedly has average action element. It's much less in term of production value compared to other in thriller or heist genre, in fact some sequences fell lackluster or simply made from smaller budget. In addition of that, the story doesn't wrap up properly. It holds up pretty well with decent pacing, but in the third act it falls apart with rather illogical twists.
Heist is not excellent as action or crime drama, but the good cast successfully elevates it above mediocrity.
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