Heist (2015) Review – ManlyMovie

Heist (2015) Review

The writer of Heist had a good idea, but could not figure out how to resolve it.  As in he could not give it a good ending.  And like I always say, you can give a movie a thumbs up if 2/3 of it is good, but make sure one of those thirds is the final act.  I was enjoying this movie until the patently absurd ending and I suspect that that’s why it got a ‘limited’ run and relegated to VOD-land, they knew that they could probably return their money with the premise at that level but would probably lose it with major theatrical investment.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista work for casino owner Robert De Niro and when they find out that he’s laundering gangster money, they decide to rob him blind on the day that money from the Chinese mob is picked up.  Bautista is sick of being a pissant nobody and Morgan has a sickly daughter who needs surgery paying for.  The theft goes well, but their escape is bungled, they end up highjacking a bus and become trapped in a moving hostage situation.  Stone faced Gina Carano is in pursuit and acting as mediator.

I was enjoying this film for the most part.  The two leads, Dave Bautista and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are at once relatable and likeable on account of their on-screen chemistry and understated acting performances, a strong show from both.  I mean I must admit to never having seen Bautista ‘act’ until this movie, other movies didn’t let him stretch his legs in that regard, now I only want to see more.  The guy has presence.  The same can’t be said for Gina Carano, who delivers even the most basic of lines with a dull, cyborg-like stodginess.  It was really distracting to see Carano struggle with three worded sentences.  Thankfully her role is limited, but conversely, so is Robert De Niro’s as we enter heavy ‘extended cameo’ territory here.

But he’s having fun and is very good at this scumbag villain thing, even though he doesn’t have to be – we’re all familiar with A-listers who show up in B-movies with their D-game, right?

And so what pushes this movie down from a seven to a six is the end, which requires the viewer to suspend disbelief at extreme levels.  Without spoiling the movie, how do you get out of a hostage situation, if you’re the criminal?  Some movies, like Metro (1997) have the bad guy use genuinely clever ruses that not only work but are plausible to the viewer.  This movie on the other hand asks you to believe that on that one given day, the cops were extraordinarily dumb – and I have taken into account the corrupt element of the story with that observation – and that the De Niro’s man, also pursuing them, had the brains of God Almighty and could read the future and the minds of others.

Very bad ending.  Unsatisfied.



  1. Mucho Macho

    November 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Saw the movie as well & i got to say i liked it.
    Movies are like not so great looking women at times. You can’t explain why you are attracted to them.. you’ve had better.. you’ve seen better and yet you still want to bang this one that is not that great & you don’t know why.
    Maybe is in the personality, charm or energy.
    Well…movies at times are like that too. “Heist” by no means is a masterpiece. But the movie is 90 minutes long , it never gets boring, it’s fast paced, has a bunch of action & the actors did their job.

    I know not everyone is like this but i expect different things from different movies. I don’t put the same expectations on everything, for instance when you make a sequel to a masterpiece like “Terminator” or “Die Hard” of course I expect the sequel to be at least on the same level so I’m harder on them. This is a fun B movie. Its cliche, you’ve seen it all before but it’s enjoyable IMO.
    Sometimes in these movies they try to do a “plot twist” thats gets to be really silly in the end & this movie is one of them. But it didn’t kill it for me. Its not that bad i thought. Just points out to plot holes earlier in the film.

    Fun action B movie for anyone that wants to kill 90 minutes of their day.
    Nightrider is right. He gave it a 6 out of 10 i also would give it that or a 7 out of 10

    • jim

      November 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Likewise. Junk but I sorta enjoyed it. Probably shouldn’t have. We love crap don’t we? Fuck Islam.

      • Mucho Macho

        November 14, 2015 at 11:34 pm

        I liked it. I enjoyed the movie.
        Hey..some movies are like food..high on cholesterol which you know it’s not good for you but fuck it!
        they taste so good you can’t help it.
        Fuck Isis Fuck the Taliban fuck all those cowardly Monkey Bar training camel riding smelly illiterate mother fuckers who keep killing people!
        Fuck them all!

        • jim

          November 14, 2015 at 11:48 pm

          Fuck ’em all.You know I’d forgotten all about DB Sweeney. (He was driving the bus) Can’t remember the last time I saw him. They come and they go eh? Actually ole Bobby D was good fun in this one.

          • Mucho Macho

            November 15, 2015 at 3:07 am

            DB Sweeny was one of those actors that maybe was supposed to become a big star or leading man but it didn’t happen for him.
            In the end it doesn’t mean that he’s a failure, he’s become a character actor, a working actor. He’s always doing television mostly he’s always popping up on television series so he’s always around doing stuff.
            I loved the movie “fire in the sky” back in the day and I always keep pimping this movie “no man’s land” co-starring Charlie Sheen.
            Lotta love that flick. Bobby D as a ganster is always welcome. I miss Joe Pesci breaking bats over motherfucker’s head and cursing up a storm!😛👍