Pacino & De Niro coming face-to-face is like a collision of 2 supernovas releasing a burst of raw talent that I can re-watch over and over again. Stellar score. Neil's struggling commitment to nihilism rather than returning to "regular life" is an ongoing theme that keeps the story spicy. As Vincent remarks to his wife: "All I am is what I am going after." Several Pacino outbursts keeps the movie comedic.
The action, the dialogue, the acting, the- I could go on, you know what I'm trying to list, they're all fantastic. By the end of the film, you find yourself with a genuine empathy in both De Niro and Pacino's characters- both of them symbolizing an extremity and dedication to their work which, although dangerous, we can all respect- and which allows them to respect each other too
So much testosterone in this movie, except where it matter, in cinema. But even worst than all this fireworks for 2 and half long hours, is seeing the histrionic performance of Al Pacino (doing already the same act that he made in “Scarface”. Unfortunately that actor that I love so much in “Panic in Needle Park”, “Serpico”, “Godfather” or “Carlito’s Way” vanish)
The sentimentalities are trite and mushy, they get in the way of the film's ability to build suspense or maintain a cohesive storyline. Or perhaps, it's the flimsy attempt at drawn out action scenes that get in the way of what may otherwise be a decent emotional drama. Al Pacino is a god, the rest are okay- there's just a lot of sleepy filler. Also, the sound mixing is horrible!! Not Mann's best in my opinion.
Al Pacino and Robert deNiro are on opposite sides of the law in this great heist movie. It has a lot of good subplots and one of the best ensembles put together. Great hand-held sequences makes one feel in the middle of the action and Michael Mann show again why he is one of the best action movie directors out there. The subplot with Natalie Portman doesn't really work that well though.
This could be just another generic crime thriller, but what sets it apart is that it is emotionally convincing. Short lines of dialogue have a deep impact, because there's so much in between those lines. And the shootout in the streets of L.A. is like a clean knockout - brutal and amazing.
A film I hated on release, feeling it was bloated and boring. Over the years my feelings have changed radically and I have come to love it as an epic thriller par excellence. Mann pulls of an intricate narrative while providing sufficient space for his actors to breathe without surrendering any dramatic tension - quite the opposite: this is a truly absorbing, emotional and thrilling experience.