David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don’t. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang, which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence. After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. —IMDb
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet is one of a handful of American playwrights whose work has found almost as much success on the screen as it has on the stage. Noted for his spare, gritty work that reflects the hardened attitudes of his native Chicago and often revolves around domineering male characters and their macho posturing, Mamet has time and again spurred both discussion and controversy, inciting particularly angry reactions from feminists. Born in Chicago on November 30, 1947, Mamet studied at Vermont’s Goddard College and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He returned to his hometown to found the St. Nicholas Theater Company and also worked for a time as the artistic director of the famed Goodman Theater. Mamet first earned acclaim in 1976 for a trio of Off-Off Broadway plays, The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and America Buffalo. The latter two works were later adapted for the screen, the first becoming About Last Night… read more
Not great, not awful. Heist kind of outsmarts itself every chance it gets with somewhat anticlimactic results. The dialogue is great and its worth watching for Danny DeVito and the rest of the cast alone, but it kind of comes off like a Tom Clancy heist picture that seriously skimps on excitement.
Nope...just too tricky for its own good, which can be pulled off (see Femme Fatale) but unfortunately, Mamet and the cast don't do so here.