The Score (2001)
That was an excellent one.
The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.
I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed.
Not sure how, but this is easily one of the best movies all summer. Multiple levels of funny, never takes itself seriously, super colorful, and creative.
An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist. Despite a cast of talented people such as Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Casino), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, American History X) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather, Superman: The Movie and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut) The Score does too little to keep it's viewers interested and even the experienced actors like De Niro and Brando were just meh in their roles on the other hand Norton's perfomance was good when he was passing as a mental health patient but other than that? The movie was boring and dull from start to finish (4.0/10)
Greetings from Lithuania.So after seeing "The Score" (2001) which includes no less then actors who portrayed and won Oscars for portraying "Don Vito Corleone" himself and two more Oscar nominees, i can say that i was entertained for the whole 1 h 55 min. The heist itself is good, nothing super original but as a movie plot devise it worked. The most unfortunate thing for me was that this movie kinda lacked any third act, because when the score finally ends and some double crossing do come up, it kinda ends there on the most predictable note. That said i do recommend to seeing this movie once on a boring evening - it does its job. But if you consider the fact that 3 "household" names that appears in leading roles and one very strong female, it is a bit disappointing as it does not deliver anything fresh or highly great.Overall, "The Score" is a well made and superbly paced heist thriller which doesn't bring anything new to the table, but it is worth seeing it once. Pretty good story well made.
I really enjoyed "The Score", but compared to a lot of other "heist/caper" movies, this one seems to have the volume dialed down to about "3", and it has a sort of cumulative problem with the pacing.It's not that any given scene drags; in fact almost every scene in the movie is well done, well acted, filled with atmosphere, and absorbing. But by the time the actual break-in begins, you're more than ready for some action and movement. Typical example of this is the sound track, which features a quiet, throbbing horn motif that leaves the listener hanging and unresolved over and over again in scene after scene. That isn't to say that I didn't like it (it is, in fact, instantly memorable and hypnotic)...but after 90 minutes or so, I wanted something else.I think I understand what Oz was going for here, and I think he mostly achieved it. In fact, I bought a (discounted) copy for my collection, because I'm sure that I will want to see it again.I just wish someone had punched off the "mute" button a little sooner,or little more often.
Nick Wells (Robert De Niro) is a safe cracker living in Montreal. He's almost caught in the last caper and now his fence Max (Marlon Brando) tells him that the buyer is dead. Instead Max has a possible $40M job at the Montreal Customs House. Nick never does a job in country and he wonders if he should retire. Nick's girlfriend Diane (Angela Bassett) is a flight attendant. Jack Teller (Edward Norton) is the inside man. He's been pretending to be a mentally challenged janitor for 3 weeks. He surprises Nick on the street and Nick's not amused.The movie has 3 great actors and they should be able to chew up the scenes. However this is not very intense. That's deadly for a thriller. I can't pinpoint the exact problem other than a lack of tension. It could be the editing, or the lackluster music. I have to blame most of it on director Frank Oz. This is not his genre. He doesn't do action thrillers unless there are puppets involved. This movie could have worked 20 years ago but this genre should have more excitement.