Did this even go to the movie theaters? (by elocal-bpalmer)
This was WAAAAYYYY better than what I thought it was going to be. There are very few movies I don't like of Kurt Russell's but the rest of the cast was pretty awesome too. The comedy part that stood out to me was the banter of Terence Stamp. Funny stuff there! If you like Jay Baruchel's acting, you'll get some great scenes with him too. Especially when he had the beard on at the border crossing. Wasn't any nudity that I could think of which is always a bummer but good for the kids. While not action packed like Italian Job or movies of the sort, it was still a great watch. <more>
Definitely stay for the end credits as there are some out takes.
"Kurt Russell Shines Yet Again" (by badfeelinganger)
Given a limited release by its studio, it's worth seeking out if you're tired of movies with nothing but superheroes and overused special effects.After a far-too-long six-year absence from the silver screen, Kurt Russell stars in the amusing, enjoyable heist movie The Art of the Steal, and he's its biggest asset. Russell began his career in some engaging Walt Disney productions, then proved his considerable acting ability as none other than The King in the 1979 TV-movie Elvis, then a year later delivered a sensational performance as the quintessentially dishonest, politically <more>
ambitious salesman in Robert Zemeckis's extraordinary comedy Used Cars. From there he etched memorable hero portraits as the futuristic criminal in Escape from New York and helicopter pilot in The Thing, both of which were directed by John Carpenter who also helmed Elvis . He was affecting as the blue-collar boyfriends of Meryl Streep in Silkwood and Goldie Hawn in Swing Shift, convincingly played a Miami crime reporter in The Mean Season, and in 1986 he gave what still stands as his finest work as the washed-up ex-high-school-football jock in The Best of Times. He re-teamed with Hawn in the fine romantic comedy Overboard and was suavely duplicitous as Michelle Pfeiffer's policeman love interest in Tequila Sunrise. He even managed to rise above the dismal proceedings in Carpenter's obnoxious Big Trouble in Little China and Ted Kotcheff's opaque Winter People. In the next decade he had his share of hits Tombstone and Executive Decision and misses Unlawful Entry and Breakdown , and never once could one accuse Russell of laying down on the job. So why not a box-office draw, someone who could consistently "open" a picture? Sadly, his biggest box-office success was the atrocious Ron Howard-directed Backdraft. Probably because, like Jeff Bridges, you never catch him "acting"; he approaches his craft with the utmost dedication, thinking in terms of his contribution to the movie overall rather than taking advantage of opportunities to distractingly steal scenes. American audiences are more receptive to actors who pander down to them, which is why mediocre performers like Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey have achieved the success they have; in Russell's case, he's simply had the misfortune of sticking to his scruples and respecting his craft -- he refuses to pollute his characters with trumped-up artificiality. In Dark Blue he delivered a galvanizing turn as a corrupt Los Angeles cop that was far more forceful than Denzel Washington's odious Training Day shenanigans, and in Quinten Tarantino's Grindhouse segment Death Proof, as Mike the Stuntman, he was, as he always has been, the very epitome of "cool." In Art of the Steal, Russell is simply marvelous, and what a pleasure it is to see him headlining a modestly budgeted picture and showing he can still effortlessly hold our attention throughout.
Need a good laugh with a mystery and crime flavor? (by johncorosz-81-293289)
This was just a shocker and a giant surprise of a movie. I didn't see any advertising for this flick but rented it as it looked good and I liked the cast members. Boy was I in for a treat. Not only is the acting just great but the humor abounds in this film without mindless killing, sex and cussing. It felt good just seeing an authentic, high brow, heist show with a crew of guys who just mesh perfectly.Things are not as they seem and I indulge you to please not read too much about this movie before seeing as it as too many spoilers will make the movie experience a bit flat. This movie is <more>
about surprise and twists all done with class. I paid very close attention to the planning and dialogue which made the entire ending come together in a crescendo of guttural laughter and one the best GOTCHA moments I have seen in a movie in a long time.If you have kids in the house I can tell you that there is some swearing but nothing they are not already hearing in school. It's great for most ages over 12 and demands a group. This movie will generate discussion after viewing as well as laughter from the start. I had to write this review seeing as the ones already on here are not so well put and who needs to know what the movie is about when what anyone wants to really know is "what can I expect" from this flick.Just don't let the funny stuff foll you. Pay close attention to the setup, execution and the conversations. Some of the most innocent scenes play right into the master plot!
Maybe it was because I didn't expect much from this movie, but I really liked it. Great plot twist keep you guessing until the end. Suggested it to my coworkers and one said, "it was obvious what was going to happen, but then it took a turn and I was way off." Everyone I've suggested it to said they liked it and I know some real movie critics. I also liked "The Score" with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton, maybe I am a sucker for a good "bad" heist movie. I really think this will become a cult classic, it's the box office flops that do. It's a <more>
cast of actors/actresses that you like and characters you will fall for. You won't be disappointed.
Loved it! Great heist flick with an awesome all-star cast (by bryanbph-82636)
Maybe not as polished and as big budget as an Oceans film, but had a certain Guy Ritchie feel about it. I had to double-check and see if he was the Director. He wasn't, so my hat off to Jonathan Sobol for creating this great movie. Had the right mixture of fun, suspense, and action to make it a very enjoyable film. You knew most of the movie something unexpected was going to happen at the end, but I wasn't able to figure it out, so the ending was very enjoyable. Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon were great in the movie. Jason Jones who plays the Interpol agent is enjoyable to watch along <more>
side Terence Stamp. I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish.
Don't let the rating fool you. (by thecaptain-390-686858)
This is a really good movie with some genuine good laughs and a great cast. The movie takes numerous twists and turns and will keep you guessing till the end. Don't care about the rating. It is worth the watch I promise you!
If you love heist movies like me then you will love this one...without spoiling, it has all the ingredients for a good heist movie: protagonist is hard done by antagonist; trust is burnt; work together again for a big score; can they trust each other again? But what I like about this movies is the intricate story...there are things afoot and they're not twelve inches...Can you work it out? I had a rough idea without working out the details but I still loved it.... works much better than Now You See Me in my opinion...has a B grade movie feel but an A grade kick in the pants at the end...I <more>
do like Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon. And it is great to see Kenneth Welsh...A very Good Movie...
Seldom writing reviews, but this one deserved it... just because it got such a low rating.... the movie fulfills the promise of the genre - it's a heist movie, with a bit of comedy in it, and actually funny comedy... and it has interesting plot, with good twist... the acting could be better, the camera could be better, the story could have been better...everything could have been better, but then it would be another movie. This movie deserves higher rating, if for no other reason, then just because it delivers the promised. it s not a masterpiece, it s just a good movie to watch when you <more>
want to be entertained... not many movies these days do so, so i must say: bravo,finally!
As fun as the Ocean's movies with a pay off that puts in almost on par with them. Heist fans will love this. I did. (by cosmo_tiger)
"If you got no trust that what do you got?" Crunch Russell and Nicky Dillon are brothers and partners in crime. When a job goes bad and they are both caught only Crunch ends up doing time. When he gets out he tries to go straight and becomes a motorcycle daredevil. When he tires of crashing for a few hundred bucks he agrees to pull off one last heist with his old team. They only thing standing in their way of pulling off the perfect heist is trust. This movie was a great surprise for me. I knew nothing about this going in and I think that helped my enjoyment of it. The movie was <more>
super fun to watch, really funny with a smart plot. This is the closest heist movie to the Ocean's series that has been made. Just like the Ocean's series the heist itself is fun to watch and the pay off brings it over the top. This is the kind of movie you can't say too much about without giving anything away but what I can say is watch this. One of the biggest surprises and funnest movies I have seen in a while. Overall, heist movie fans will love this...I did. I give this an A-.