Like a nervous laugh when you know something is going to go terribly wrong it's just a case of when it's going to happen, the lack of a musical score particularly enhances that feeling. The acting is outstanding on all fronts but this is Pacino at his absolute peak. We find out about the characters lives as the film continues and it just gets more bizarre and engrossing as the film reaches it's tense conclusion.
Such a simple premise - bank robbers get trapped in a bank surrounded by cops and we spend the whole movie watching them negotiate how they're going to get out. That's pretty much the whole thing but the movie finds so many fascinating layers to the drama that it is never any less than gripping. It helps that Pacino gives possibly the best performance of his career making it one of the best of all time. It gets a B+.
Spenti tutti gli allarmi, rimarrete intrappolati con degli eccentrici rapinatori in una piccola banca della Grande Mela, mentre prende forma uno dei colpi più assurdi della storia del crimine. Tra scene al limite del buffonesco e trattative surreali, l'intera rapina si snoda leggera per tutta la sua durata, risultando in un film decisamente godibile per ogni tipo di palato. Al Pacino è sorprendentemente bravo.
Starting and finishing safely within boundaries of thriller genre, section bank-robbing, in its core a deeply human story, politically and socially engaged in a relating common-folk way. Tension between self-depreciating insecure individual(s) and cold-blooded obeying collectivism is reminiscent to many of Lumet's former and later movies. This one is highlighted by brilliant acting and unusual changes of pace.
In a way this concept has been done many times, but never like this. There's a clear political tone in the crowd's admiration of Sonny, particularly his stance on "Attica". Unbelievable acting by particularly Al Pacino, and a lovely, subtle suspense throughout this clean, great production. It was a great watch recommended for just about anyone.
... and a half. Imagine it's 1975, you're in the cinema and you see a film like this! It must have been quite a punch. It still is! Lumet was a grandmaster who resisted the stupidity and artificiality of all the Airport and Earthquake cinematic nightmares of the time. Special credits to the crowd and the pizza boy!