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Armored, review by Acquired Taste

Title: Armored
Year: 2009
Run Time: 88 minutes
Genre: Action, Crime
Cast: Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco, Milo Ventimiglia, Skeet Ulrich, Columbus Short
Director: Nimród Antal

Ty Hackett (Columbus Short) has recently returned from Iraq, buried his parents and has inherited the responsibility of taking care of his younger brother and two mortgages. He’s taken up a job at an armored car company where he’s working with his dad’s longtime friend Mike (Matt Dillon), Quinn (Jean Reno), Baines (Laurence Fishburne), Palmer (Amaury Nolasco) and Dobbs (Skeet Ulrich).
Together they plan to abscond with $42 million during a delivery and stash it at their hideout. Ty is initially opposed to the idea but comes on board after mounting pressure from the bank and Children’s Welfare, put his situation into perspective. During the heist, things start to go wrong when a homeless man and a cop, Jake (Milo Ventimiglia), suddenly show up at their hideout . Ty starts reconsidering his position and standoff ensues between him and the rest of the gang.

“It was either that or sacrifice one of their brothers.”- Quinn

I’ll get right into it, I didn’t like this movie.
It started with the fact that they refused to screen this movie to critics, which led you to think they weren’t exactly sure of how well it would fair. The directing is poor on this project and it fails to capture your imagination at all. The opening scene is unimaginative, slow and loses your interest. But where Nimród Antal (Kontroll, Vacancy) really fails, is the screenplay. I know he didn’t write it, but he should have done something about it (maybe he did and thats why it’s so shoddy). It’s an action movie with a lot of emphasis on the characters, but the characters seem so plastic. The dialogue sounds so written and not very natural. It seems as though they are saying what you expect them to say in a movie but not what someone would actually say. And though for the most part the acting was ok (not great), the characters and their actions are mostly illogical.

What works:
Laurence Fishburne does his best with his role and it makes you wonder how good the first draft was to make him sign up for this film.

What doesn’t work:
The script, the dialogue, the character conception. They were all just poorly written.
The sound mixing. While it’s supposed to set the mood for the scenes, it’s comes across as overbearing and annoying.
It doesn’t have the flair of heist movie. With heist movies, you want the crooks to get away with it.
Ty (not Short) is simply not likable. You resent he’s indecisiveness. You hate him for trying to ruin the job for everyone. You really really want him to fail. You fail to understand his logic and you have to question, ‘How does he really think this will end?’
(Spoiler Alert!) There is this redemption angle they tried at the end that doesn’t make any sense.

Who will enjoy this movie:
Die hard heist movie fans, but then again so am I and I hated this movie.
The guys who downloaded this movie when it ‘accidentally’ leaked online by Sony (yeah right!).

Must see? No. Must Have? No.

My Score: 4.5 out of 10

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