Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Heat (1995) - ickleReview (TV)

Michael Mann crime thriller starring Al Pacino as an LA police detective and Robert De Niro as the criminal gang leader he's chasing. Made with Mann's distinctive flair. At 171 minutes long, it does become a little sluggish. The plot and dialogue are a bit noir, so you're not entirely sure what's going on, but at least you have to pay attention. The violent action scenes are brutalizing: there's a stunning robbery of an armed van and a spectacular shoot-out in daytime city streets after a bank robbery. The most impressive sequence is the climactic chase between Pacino and De Niro near an airport runway, puckered by silences and dramatic changes in lighting.

Nugget: an intelligent and nuanced film that will reward a second viewing, but at almost an hour too long, a re-view is asking a lot.

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