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Heat

By | 2018-03-21T18:31:57+01:00 September 22nd, 2004|Reviews|

3.5

Date: 1995

Director: Michael Mann

Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Diana Venora

Finally, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together — and in a big way. But beware of focusing too much on the titans. This throbbing cop thriller offers excellent supporting performances all around, particularly from Val Kilmer. Director Michael Mann’s chess-match premise pits brilliant high-stakes thief (Neil MacCauley, De Niro) against a shrill and shrewd Los Angeles cop (Detective Vincent Hanna, Pacino).

Predictably, both thief and lawman are intense and tormented, their personal lives variously compromised — Diana Venora is impressive as Hanna’s weary wife. Ultimately, though, the cops and robbers story is based on friendship, obsession, and — most important — honor. Mann makes it intimate, even delicate, and violent when necessary. Yet this is about the titans, and they’re both delicious. Particularly memorable is a café scene where the adversaries finally face off.

About the Author:

David Trask
Hong Kong based David Trask is a longtime freelance movie reviewer.

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