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Armored (2009)


A B-grade Reservoir Dogs.

Armored truck guards Mike (Matt Dillon), Baines (Laurence Fishburne) and Quinn (Jean Reno) turn against one another after their plan to steal $10 million from their own company goes seriously haywire. A witness throws a wrench into their seemingly flawless strategy, so each man scrambles to save his own skin — whatever the cost to the other conspirators.

The film starts off very, very slow, and I was just already sick of this movie by the 30 minute mark, cause it was all the same predictable, same crap, I have seen before. But then as we get onto the heist, things really do pick up, which I was surprised by.

Director Nimród Antal (what a silly name), directs this film well, because he actually creates a lot of suspense with this film, even though most of it is, a guy in a huge truck, that is just waiting to be released. He does a lot of cool camera tricks that put more suspense within the film, which I was surprised by, and there is even some cool action sequences, that look pretty cool.

The problem with this film is that the suspense is totally in this film the whole time. By the last 20 to 30 minutes, you could see where this film was going, which was kind of a bummer since I was on the edge of my seat before that. Also, the film is only about 88 minutes long, which kind of blows, considering the ending does feel rushed, and if they wanted to, they could have made more interesting character spots, for these guys, so we could have cared more about them, when something bad happened to them.

Columbus Short does a good job in the lead, providing a lot of emotional depth to his character, considering the film allows him to do this. Matt Dillon is convincing as the evil, and utterly bad-ass deuche bag, that basically puts all this together. Laurence Fishburne does a good job at playing the big, mean guy that we all know and love him for now. Jean Reno is good also to see work in something that makes him menacing again, instead of these clown roles, he’s been doing lately. Milo Ventimiglia has one good scene, where he shows a lot of emotion, and it was good. Skeet Ulrich (aka Billy Loomis all grown up), does a good job here too, surprisingly he has a lot of screen time given to him, and does a good job with it.

Consensus: It may get way too predictable by the end, and lose its story, but compelling performances from a good cast, and some tense filming, makes this old-style film, better than expected.

6/10=Rental!!

9 responses to “Armored (2009)

  1. Rodney December 2, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Yeah, I think I agree with you one this one – it’s a film that had more potential than it ended up delivering… such a waste considering the awesome cast in this one. Oh well, a rental it is!!!

  2. rtm December 3, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I giggle every time I see the director’s name… that must be tough growing up here with a name like that [not sure where the guy’s from].

    In any case, this one looks like a typical B movie that I’m not too interested in. It looks predictable from the trailer and as you said, not enough character development for you to care what happens to them.

  3. Nostra December 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I don’t know whether I would recommend it as a rental, it was quite disappointing.

  4. CS December 16, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I liked the cast but the film just died in the last act. The climax was not worth all the build up. I also found it funny that everything gets wrapped up so neatly at the very end. You would think Short’s character would do some time in jail at least.

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