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
Taking a well-known format and adding nothing new to it, along with some dubious plotting and logic, Heist comes out as another hackneyed cliché. Even with the star name of De Niro this threadbare filler is full of testosterone but lacks any mental ability at all. Indeed, the presence of De Niro is somewhat uncertain and it may be time for Bradley Cooper, who does an excellent De Niro impersonation, to take his roles and allow the former actor to retire finally.
The set up allows the writer to excoriate the American health system, which is apposite as it fails on any measure of value delivery, but this basis is squandered in a standard heist story with a crew that has no brains at all and consequently its fate is entirely predictable.
Enter the police with their own mental deficits and some temporarily attractive stunts which are used to disguise the utter absurdity of the police plan and its flawed execution.
A few additional plot points make the story cohere, if it can be said to, but in an unconvincing way, typical of the fashion that screenwriters deceive gullible producers into making this type of product which has tested well with average teenage males in major markets.
The sum of all the effort is a remake of a 1975 B-grade TV movie.
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