(This review may contain spoilers).
When I saw the title of this movie, it wasn’t one I was immediately interested in. It wasn’t until I read the blurb that I thought the plot sounded like an interesting one.
I found the first images to be quite disjointed. I wasn’t sure who many of the characters were or how they connected to each other. While things made more sense as the movie went on, I still found it very hard to see some of the characters as more developed than the black and white they seemed to be in morality.
Marcus was one of the characters I found particularly difficult to understand. Jorge seemed to be more of a cut-and-dried character. I felt he came across as bad through and through.
Since I was thrown in the middle of the gang of cops and criminals, there was very little shown in how they joined together. At the very least, I felt flashbacks would have been useful… otherwise, the tagline on the poster above really doesn’t fit.
I really liked Casey Affleck as Chris. Even though I didn’t really understand how he was supposedly a rookie cop, I thought he was an interesting character and came across as better-developed as many of the others.
I couldn’t, however, reconcile Chris’ uncle as a good police officer when he smoked joints even while on the job. I also would have liked the opportunity to see a bit more of the other police officers in the precinct. (There seemed to only be one policewoman).
I wasn’t sure what to make of Gabe’s character for most of this movie. I felt that there was too much focus placed on the setup of the big heist… and nowhere near enough on making a lot of the characters realistic.
In many ways, I think this movie would have worked better as a television series… even a mini-series. While there were some good tense moments in the film, by the end… it just felt like I was watching to see how high the body count was going to get.
I was disappointed in this film because I felt it had so much potential, especially with the actors involved. It was really too short for its ambitious plot.