Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Michael Mann
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, and more.
Requested Review from Austin Forcier!
Here’s one that has been in my crosshair for a long time but I never got around to watching. I have said time and time again that there are a plethora of older films that I still need to get to and WILL get to. “Heat” packs on an incredible cast that I can only imagine I am destined to love, but let’s find out in the Oberrating!
“A group of high-end professional thieves start to feel the heat from the LAPD when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.”
Annnddd “Heat” lives up to the hype!! Personally I thought this was a masterful blend of pulse pounding action with an utterly gripping crime drama story. As far as said action goes, “Heat” was downright fantastic gun action. My buddy Austin made note of how impressive the attention to detail was in regards to the weaponry used in the film. For myself, clearly I am not gun expert, however, I have seen a number of films with ranging good and bad gunplay. As ffar as “Heat” goes, something even felt different with the gun action, and I do not only mean the absolute deafening sounds of said guns ringing out during the scenes. Like, damn Michael Mann! Go off with the sound editing, phewwww. Seriously high quality action sequences without relying on too much.
A story can be masterfully written but on top of the script, you need to have incredible players to perform said script. How much better does it get than prime Pacino, De Niro, Kilmer, and company?! Honestly, watching De Niro and Pacino act counter of each other in this movie should be mandatory cinema for all movie fans to witness. It was an acting chess match between these two. Every word, expression, and movement calculated to its every moment. Damn…Good…Cinema.
While the action was top tier and the performances of this elite cast carried a superb script, it was not without its own flaws. I always say if I reach for my phone during a view then some lulling moments are definitely evident. “Heat” had a few moments where I was not completely locked in. Maybe it is a victim of its runtime or maybe I just suck, but it is what it is.
I am happy to be getting more older movies under my belt. I am a victim of focusing into film by about 2010. So unfortunately I have not seen many highly revered films from 2000 and before. “Heat” is another prime example of a film that has gone unwatched for far too long. For all the fans of intense shootouts and exceptional performances, this is a classic for you.
Editor: Erica McNatt
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