Heat (1995)

Title:  Heat

Year: 1995

Genre: Crime Drama | Thriller |

Runtime: 170 min

Director:  Michael Mann

Starring:  Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Tom Sizemore


Neil McCauley leads a group of professional bank robbers, taking down major scores around LA. However, after their latest heist goes terribly wrong and ends up in homicide, Det. Vincent Hannah finds a clue and becomes obsessed with the case determined to stop McCauley’s crew. Hannah and McCauley are competing against each other in a deadly cat-and-mouse game. Although they are on different sides of the law, they still find huge respect, recognition in each other’s troubled personal lives and they understand each other’s motivations – however, this won’t make them hesitate to do whatever they can to win the battle between the two in this crime saga.

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Al Pacino and Robert de Niro face off this out-drawn thriller about a criminal bank robber and a neurotic cop in Los Angeles. The story flows slowly and is partly in a slow burn pace that doesn’t seem to move the plot forward in a satisfying way. Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer and Jon Voight, Natalie Portman all join the legendary duo in this feature film. Both Voight and Kilmer wear ugly makeup with fake wigs.

For a long time, there’s a lot of the plot moving back and forward in the second act, standing still but there’s a lot of details that pick up later in the story. It’s first later in the film, by the third act beginning where the tension between the two camps starts becoming interesting. De Niro feels strong and solid in his way of a gruesome crime, but Al Pacino is the most screaming cop who’s yelling throughout the story with his fair use of profanity. Maybe that’s the idea but it’s an attribute that annoys one.

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The radical violence comes off swift and some scenes don’t add up and the sensitivity of the gruesome crime these commits don’t really come to an effect. Instead, it becomes pale and occasionally boring, up till the end where the tension feels a little more honest.

Despite the rough world, it’s presented, the directing by Michael Mann feels distracting and mediocre and the emotional impact with these characters is not enough. The runtime is incredibly long and could’ve been shorted down. The sense of this crime-thriller doesn’t live up to the expectation that was prior before the viewing of this film.

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