Since the days of The Great Train Robbery (1903) heist movies have captivated audiences. They’ve dazzled ‘em with displays of desperate and cunning persons capable of feats law-abiding citizens fantasize about in jest. They outlived the fedoras and the cowboy hats of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and they thrived under the new school of actors mentored by legendary thespian Lee Strasberg in the ‘70s. Then, in the ‘90s, came an explosion of contemporary movies that still define the sub-genre today including Point Break, Reservoir Dogs, Heat, Mission Impossible, Jackie Brown, and Steven Soderbergh’s first foray into big-budget robbery-movies with Out of Sight. The screenplays were brought to life by tight scripts, talented directors, and hot-to–trot casts in a unique way that heist movies today still struggle to surpass.
Modern heist movies no longer feature the greedy, Tommy gun-wielding, cigar-chomping gangsters of old. Instead, they feature complex, calculated characters whose morality is less transparent than their motivations. Many of these movies are a metaphorical criticism of the current state capitalist system that is destroying the American working-class. But it’s not all philosophy, a good heist film is tense, dramatic, unpredictable, and smart. A big shootout can be as effective as an unarmed robbery as long as the execution—by the artists, not the criminals—is comprised of those elements. The charm, comedy, and energy Soderbergh brought to the genre with his style and the ensemble cast of Ocean’s Eleven bowled over audiences across the world. In the more than 20 years since its release, it stands as a pop culture monument to cinema—and music, considering the inclusion of a reworked unreleased Elvis tune nearly thirty years after his death—but it’s not the only clever, tense, unpredictable heist film since the new millennium. Even its sequels were beautiful, funny, smart. But Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen notwithstanding, here are 27 heist movies worth watching.
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Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, T.I.
While Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will stand as one of the best modern “what if” comic-book films, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man stands as one of the most overlooked Marvel origin stories. It combines the best of comic book movie and heist film sub-genres to create an entertaining spectacle full of special effects, superhero action, and humor. Paul Rudd proved his casting as Scott Lang, a thief with a heart who is tasked by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with breaking into Hank’s old company and stealing back his life’s work. This unpredictable mix of action and jokes includes a vengeful protege and a scorned child. With a script by Wright (Hot Fuzz), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), and Adam McKay (The Big Short), it’s crawling with comedy, charm, energy, and wit. Even the supporting cast is killer, with a specific shoutout to Michael Pena’s (End of Watch) quick-talking, enthusiastic friend and thief. It’s a hilarious, warmhearted heist film and origin story.
Army of the Dead
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Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighofer
2021 was a great year for Zack Snyder. He got to see the distribution of his vision for Justice League four years after the theatrical release, and he got to see the distribution of his Netflix zombie heist film—dubbed a spiritual sequel to his directorial debut Dawn of the Dead—called Army of the Dead. Army of the Dead is an action-packed, creative zombie-heist hybrid. It’s ambitious in its reinvention of what a zombie is, as well as what a heist movie is. Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) assembles and leads his team of mercenaries and miscreants on a mission to crack and clean out a safe under the Las Vegas strip—a zone quarantined off from the rest of the U.S. because of its zombie infestation. Snyder was the writer, producer and director as well as the director of photography. This film was infused with his style and flair. The director’s opening credit sequence is a masterful example of emotional manipulation. The opening credits sequence is a wonderful introduction to the Army of the Dead experience. Zack Snyder promised more to come from the zombie world, including a prequel and an anime.
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Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Fox
Baby Driver is a few lines of verbalized melody short of a musical. This action movie is one of the most energetic and unique action movies of all times. It features block, sound, sound, and music that are synchronized to the beats of each needle drop throughout the nearly two-hour-long epic montage. Edgar Wright’s newest film drops Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) in the driver’s seat as Baby, a skilled driver who applies his talents as a getaway driver for a criminal enterprise run by Kevin Spacey. Like all of Wright’s films before it, it’s filled with energy. It is difficult to breathe during the scenes of Baby at home taking care Joseph (CJ) and Deborah (Lilly James). The soundtrack, composed by Wright, is amazing. It is intricately integrated into nearly all frames of the film via simultaneous choreography and lyrical lines that are spoken verbatim. Lettering also spells out the lyrics on cue. It’s bold, it’s fun, and it features several fantastic chase scenes cut and choreographed to a selection of sweet songs. The performances are dramatic and hammy, perfectly suited to the unique musical world of Baby Driver.
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Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Harley Peyton
Cast: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, Brian F. Byrne, Stacey Travis
Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton case banks as a clever and comedic duo in this early 2000s treasure. These aren’t the aforementioned desperate citizens forced into criminality by the system, these are two men bent on living a lifestyle unattainable to 99% of the world. They begin by robbing banks without weapons and then move on to a more sophisticated mode of operation that earns them the nickname The Sleep-Over Bandits. They aren’t sadistic in their criminality, but they’re cold, calculated kidnappers and thieves. An unbalanced Cate Blanchett becomes a complicit in their crime spree and interferes with their plans. Her introduction, dancing and singing along to “I Need a Hero,” is only the beginning of the unpredictable comedic awesomeness of her presence. Once the crew has been assembled, the film is powered by the dynamic between Bruce Willis (charismatic), Billy Bob Thorton (nervous) and Cate Blanchett (crazy). The three amigos quickly turn into a love triangle, which explores what love and companionship can look like outside of heternormative norms.
Dragged Across Concrete
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Director: S. Craig Zahler
Writer: S. Craig Zahler
Cast: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Troy Kittles, Michael Jai White, Thomas Kretschmann
When it comes to gritty, masculine movies, S. Craig Zahler is carrying the torch barred by his ‘80s and ‘90s forefathers. Dragged Across Concrete is the latest of the author-turned-filmmaker’s pictures evolving on the character building, cynicism, and American idealism of Brawl in Cellblock 99 and Bone Tomahawk before it. The story mostly follows two suspended cops—Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn—seeking to rob a criminal, who turns out to be a bank robber. It’s a nearly three-hour film drenched in dialogue and characterization with shocking and explosive violence. The dark and sad scenes are a strong support for one of the most disturbing and terrifying bank robbery scenes in cinema. It was perpetrated by incredibly clever and intimidating individuals. The world is grounded by strong performances from people in difficult situations. It’s a slow burn, but patient viewers are rewarded with a deep well of complex characters whose mortality feels fragile once the bullets start flying.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Hossein Amini
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman
It’s hard to believe Drive is 10 years old. The neo-noir crime-heist film starring Ryan Gosling remains a masterpiece of contemporary filmmaking. It features a blistering soundtrack composed by Cliff Martinez and illustrious lighting by Newton Thomas Sigel (X-Men Days of Future Past). Gosling’s quiet, motivated character, the driver, is a stuntman who moonlights as a wheelman for LA’s criminal underground. His past, his motivations, and his dreams are all open to interpretation, making his character as mysterious and efficient as it is fascinating. What’s clear is his desire to keep his dual life separate. The film’s second half ends with his worlds colliding, leaving behind a bloody and vengeful ending. The action is brutal and the special effects are enough to make you squirm. Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s first American-made film carried over his trademark style so flamboyantly displayed in Bronson and merged it with his trademark deliberate pacing to create an instant classic in Drive.
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Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris
Fast Five is a freaking joy to watch. Despite its age, it is a nostalgic callback to the 80s action epics that were fuelled by adrenaline, machismo and one-liners. It’s the first film to assemble the crew from across every installment of the franchise, and it’s the introduction of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Special Agent Hobbs to the Fast and Furious saga. Justin Lin breaks the rules of his previous entries by embracing movie magic, and disregarding the laws of physics. Fast and Furious (2009) is the movie’s opening scene. A speeding bus of convicts cuts and flips over a stopped motor vehicle to prepare the audience for the unpredictable and often hilarious world of Fast Five. Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel), the leader of the Fast family, plots a heist to exact revenge on a South American crime lord. Dom and Brian (Paul Walker) assemble a who’s-who of drivers and badasses from the Fast franchise, including Tyrese and Ludacris from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Han (Sung Kang) from Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift—which oddly takes place towards the end of the Fast franchise chronology—and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot from 2009’s Fast and Furious, on their mission to bring down their mark, Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). The film’s final half hour is a contender for the best blockbuster movie finale. It features a clever, destructive and completely ridiculous heist.
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Director: David Mamet
Writer: David Mamet
Cast: Gene Hackman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Danny Devito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell
Despite arriving the same year, Heist is everything Ocean’s Eleven isn’t. Its world is dark, grey, and predatory. Gene Hackman leads a ride-or die crew of con artists and slick-talking criminals. Like a couple of movies on this list, the gang gets pulled into “one last job,” before everyone rides off into the proverbial sunset. Hackman’s crew act as a family, one that would make Dominic Toretto blush, in the acquisition and takedown of a shipment of gold. It’s a straight-played crime movie devoid of most humor despite comedic geniuses Gene Hackman (The Birdcage), Danny Devito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths) rubbing shoulders on screen. It makes up for what it lacks in humor with deceit. As everyone tries to evade the gold they claim to have, the backstabbing and bodies start to pile up towards its climax. It’s messy, it’s fun, and it features one of the most ingenious heists despite an ordinary set-up.
Hell or High Water
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Director: David Mackenzie
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, William Sterchi
A tale of two Texas brothers stealing money after the death of their mother, Hell or High Water is as reflective as it is exciting. It’s one of the best movies of 2016, and it received four Oscar nominations including best original screenplay, best performance by an actor in a supporting role—Jeff Bridges—and best picture. Taylor Sheridan’s (Sicario) script is a fierce condemnation of the current state of the American capitalist system and how it fails the majority of the working class. It’s sharp and funny, and the cast of great character actors bring a warmth and life to the work that is something special to experience. Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Ben Foster (Galveston) are electric as the robbers on the run, relentlessly pursued by Jeff Bridges and his partner Gil Birmingham—two texas sheriffs whose bicker and banter puts the brothers to shame. With a director and script that allows them to be portrayed and realized, both fraternal relationships steal this show. It’s the most Texas film ever shot in New Mexico.
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy
While some thieves steal money, and others steal jewels or art, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his associates steal secrets. They don’t break into banks or museums, but they break into the minds of specifically targeted individuals in possession of coveted knowledge. Inception is one among the most original films and cerebral of all time. Its success and acclaim earned it pop cultural infamy to a point of imitation and parody. Christopher Nolan’s grandiose scale matches the film’s ambition in equal measure alongside heart-wrenching performances from DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), and Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, 2014). It’s trippy and thrilling despite complicated concepts concerning dreams within dreams and how the flow of time distorts as one’s consciousness descends deeper into a target’s mind. It won four of the eight Academy Awards, including best cinematography and sound editing and mixing, as well as best achievement in visual effects. Eleven years later and it still stands out as a career highlight even among Christopher Nolan’s dynamite filmography.
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Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Russell Gewirtz
Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe
Despite being 15 years old, Inside Man is still a smart, flashy, and modern heist film. The masterful application of the script, nonlinear editing, and plethora of moviemaking tools at Spike Lee’s (Blackkklansman) disposal make Inside Man not just a highlight in Lee’s career, but in heist movie history. The introduction to Clive Owen’s arrogant and intelligent Dalton Russell, and its reprise, is stimulating, and watching Denzel Washington’s gamesman-like negotiator try and match wits with him is half the fun of the film. Lee’s trademark critical voice is calling out throughout the picture to highlight issues in law enforcement, and society et al, in regard to racial profiling, stereotyping, and outright racial prejudice and discrimination. The themes are baked into the layering of the film and consistently reinforced by the supporting cast—featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jodie Forster (Silence of the Lambs), Christopher Plummer (Knives Out), Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse), and many more. The jazz soundtrack played throughout makes the movie feel out of another era of detective dramas, and though the movie is often told from Denzel’s perspective, the film is far from copaganda.
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Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Jules Asner
Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie, Riley Keough
Fresh off the heels of two excellent seasons of The Knick, and a decade after finishing the Ocean’s trilogy, Steven Soderberg returned to the heist film subgenre with the hillbilly heist movie, Logan Lucky. Channing Tatum’s Logan brothers and Adam Driver’s Logan Driver devise a plan with Daniel Craig to rob NASCAR events. The casting couldn’t have been better between the leading men. Tatum and Driver as the good ol’ boys with bad streaks banter like siblings as they attempt to bring the plan together. Daniel Craig recites lines with a Southern accent that is a hair short of the hammy Benoit Llanc from Knives Out. His role as the hard-edged, no-nonsense career criminal of the group, enriches both the plot and the on-screen dynamic. It’s every bit as charming, comedic, and intelligent as the Ocean’s films without the tailored suits and city lights. This lighthearted heist film only suffers from a lack of tension in the same vein as the Ocean’s franchise—the masterminds feel a step ahead the entire time. It’s no less fun to watch the Logan brother’s plan in action as they encounter the unexpected along the way.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
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Director: Brad Bird
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist
The Mission Impossible movies have evolved through the years along with action cinema’s standards. What Brian De Palma started—a heist movie concerning a floppy disk—passed through the hands of film legends John Woo and J.J. Abrams before Pixar’s Brad Bird (The Incredibles), with respect to Abrams’ Mission Impossible 3, started the story arc still driving the franchise narrative into Mission Impossible 7. It was released a year before Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise’s Tom Clancy action series, and it implements all of the tricks Mission Impossible is beloved for—disguises, gadgets, stunts, and stealing. The movie is as energetic as any action-heist film, thanks to its combination of comedy and action. It moves from large set-piece scene to large set-piece whimsically, breaking up the tension of undercover break-ins with Simon Pegg’s (Shaun of the Dead) comedic timing. It’s a complete film with a terrific cast that fans of heist movies, action films, spy movies, and more can appreciate.
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Director: Joe Turtletaub
Writers: Jim Couf, Cormac Wibberley, Marriane Wibberley, Oren Aviv, Charles Segars
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel
“I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence,” is one of the most iconic lines of the 21st century. Nicolas Cage’s almost clenched teeth articulation is instantly recognizable, and the line itself summons the immense sense of wonder and discovery that National Treasure acutely captured. Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, an explorer/historian whose family is charged with protecting an ancient treasure. Like a good Dan Brown novel, sans the darkness, National Treasure introduced audiences to a world hidden around them-—a world of secret societies, hidden messages, and lost relics. It’s thrilling to join the cast on their quest as they solve riddles and puzzles diligently tied to factual historic events and people. The heist of the declaration of independence to validate clues hidden within it isn’t the climax of the film, so first-time watchers should prepare for even more mystery and fun following the break-in at the National Archives in DC.
No Sudden Move
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Ed Solomon
Cast: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Craig Mums Grant
No Sudden Move has all the trappings of a heist film one would expect from Steven Soderbergh, and yet it exists as the antithesis to the Ocean’s franchise and legacy. The ensemble cast, including a couple of Ocean’s finest, scramble to control the events and outcome of a patent robbery in the 1950s. Characters stretch and squeeze their way across the screen as they’re warped by the peculiar lens most of the film is shot through. Backgrounds bend and roll out of frame creating the illusion that they are painted backgrounds on a loop in old-fashioned animation. This movie is distinguished from Soderbergh’s other heist films by its look, score, and non-stop backstabbing. This isn’t a crew of professionals and experts working together to split a large take, nor is it an opportunistic smash and grab by principled-but-bewildered country boys. It’s a harsh tale of all the struggle and strife people on the bottom have to go through to get one step ahead, while the people on top continue to reap the benefits of the goodwill and fortune snowballing their way.
Now You See Me
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Director: Louis Leterrier
Writers: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco
The amalgamation of talent behind Now You See Me is as strong as any movie on this list. Directed and written by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk), Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt (Jessica Jones), and Ed Solomon (No Sudden Move), Now You See Me is a well-made movie. It’s a fun, effects-driven heist movie that reunites Zombieland duo Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson as two of the Four Horsemen, the group of magicians robbing banks as a theatrical act. Dave Franco (The Disaster Artist), and Isla Fischer (Hot Rod) round out the Four Horsemen. Law enforcement harass the Horsemen as they take and give money from banks around the world. Many Academy award nominees, including Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Cain, make up the supporting cast of law enforcement officers, insurance representatives and interested parties. It’s smart and visually enticing, and the unpredictable elements are enhanced by the unknown potential of magic.
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Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Gary Ross, Olivia Mitchell
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rianna, Awkwafina
Ocean’s 8 is a true successor to the Ocean’s legacy in its application of wit, comedy, and charm, as well as its intelligence and sophistication. Debbie Ocean’s (Sandra Bullock) plan to nick a six-pound diamond necklace off the neck of movie star Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the Met Gala is daring and exciting, especially as they’re under surveillance—ala Ocean’s 12—the entire time. Daniel Pemberton’s score plays homage to David Holme’s awesome big band orchestration implemented throughout his Ocean’s tenure while injecting new elements and energy into the picture. The movie is funny, like laugh out loud funny, and Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett elevate every scene they’re in. Blanchett’s cool, swaggering Lou brings loads of attitude and flavor to the screen in each scene-stealing second. While there are some references and cameos to earlier versions of the franchise, the movie stands out for its own strengths, such as its verve, tone and stunning array of colors.
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Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writers: Ted Griffin
Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac
20 plus years later and Ocean’s 11 still stands as one of the best remakes, ensemble casts, and heist movies of all time. It is a movie that will be remembered for its all-star cast of charming thieves and their daring break-in at Bellagio vault. The nonlinear storytelling used makes it one of the most interesting and stylish movies of this new millennium. Soderbergh’s cinematography and David Holme’s score breathe energy into the film all the way through the b-roll. It’s funny without being hokey, slick without being pretentious, and thrilling with a capital-T. Every A-list actor has their part to play in the ploy to case more than $120 million from a casino owner without leaving a casualty behind. Like Logan Lucky, or any modern superhero flick, the film’s only downside is how damn smart its protagonists are—they never feel like they’re in danger of failing. Of course, this is foiled in Ocean’s 12—which rules, actually.
The Place Beyond the Pines
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Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writers: Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Dane Dehaan
While The Place Beyond the Pines boasts a couple of the most adrenaline-pumping heists found on film, it’s a much larger story thematically exploring generational pain. The plot is structured like a TV show. It follows the lives of a series of characters, before their children become the main focus. Ryan Gosling and his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance reunited as a stuntman/bank robber who is in a collision with a young, hotshot cop played by Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born). These father/son stories are woven tightly together by the use of romantic and corrupt cop side plots. They examine the natures of loyalty, betrayal and personal responsibility. There’s a time jump that sees Dane Dehan (The Cure for Wellness) and Emory Coen (Lords of Chaos) step into the spotlight as they take over the narrative. After the film has abandoned the heist movie format, the final act is where the thematics combine to create one of the most comprehensive and explorative movies on the list.
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Director: Michael Mann
Writers: Michael Mann, Ronan Bennett, Ann Biderman
Cast: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stole, Jason Clark, Stephen Graham
Michael Man’s Heat is one of the most inspirational movies of the last fifty years. Since then, visual media productions have been inspired by the action, character-building, and performances. So, obviously, when he announced a return to the heist movie subgenre with a period piece set during the height of John Dillenger’s (Johnny Depp) outlaw super-stardom, cinephiles were at the edge of their seat. This film is a return to the fedora-wearing, cigar-chomping gangsters of the ‘30s and ‘40s. The silent intensity of the professional criminals in Heat is tossed out in favor of charismatic depictions of notorious outlaws on the run from a federal task force run by special agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). Michael Man’s early experimentation with digital cameras on Collateral and Miami Vice paid dividends when attempting to capture a hyper-realistic look at the old-timey crime era. Dante Spinotti, a cinematographer who worked with Mann on several films, including Heat, delivers one the most dynamically lit, textured, yet polished digitally recorded films. This was before digital cameras became the industry standard due their efficiency and affordability.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Gary Whitta
Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn
Ask any Star Wars fan and they’ll tell you Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is one of the best Star Wars movies yet. It recreates the visual aesthetics of the original trilogy, but with modern special effects and a heist story that was mentioned in Star Wars Episode 4 : A New Hope. It’s a strong stand-alone film, and a solid entry point into the canon for uninitiated viewers. It’s touching and polished while being absolutely packed with fan service for long-time fanatics. While everyone in the group of misfits thieves is interesting, a few stand out among soldiers and assassins. K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), a charismatic and expressive empirical droid that was reprogrammed to defeat its creators, shines in particular. Donnie Yen’s (Ip Man) Chirrut Imwe brings the mystical side back to Star Wars with his blind force-sensitive spiritualist. Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla (2014)) found a way of creating tension in a story that had its ending spoiled 40 years ago. With the help of the actors and writers, he created endearing characters that the audience will root for, despite their circumstances.
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