American Heist Blu-ray Review
“American Heist” proves there is little life left in this genre.
After being released from jail, Frankie ropes his younger war veteran brother turned auto-shop worker (James) into robbing a bank. Since Frankie is basically being forced to do this and James seeks money to open his own shop, he reluctantly agrees. While all of this is going on, there is a typical romantic subplot thrown in involving James and a former flame (Emily).
Despite a solid cast comprised of Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster (of “Fast and Furious” franchise fame), and musician Akon, “American Heist” is simply yet another heist movie in a long line of heist movies that have been released in the past few years. While the routine and cliché ridden story manages to hold your interest for the duration, there is still nothing remotely new here. Granted, the film is based on “The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery” film, but that is no excuse for being able to predict every beat. It is uninspired in every way and the forced sort-of romance adds nothing to the movie.
Going back to the cast, I have to give props to Hayden Christensen who turns in the film’s best performance. He has certainly improved as an actor over the years. As for Brody, I’m not quite sure what is he doing here. Not only does he seem miscast as Frankie, but he’s overacting like crazy. Lastly, Brewster and Akon don’t have a ton to do, but they give serviceable performances.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc contains a crisp hi-def transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I have no issues with this track. It delivers.
Extras include Lionsgate trailers, a Digital HD copy and a 26 minute making of featurette titled “Creating A Complex Caper: Pulling Off American Heist.”
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