IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Michael Mann
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer
Heat is a heist drama movie directed by Michael Mann who also directed The Insider, Miami Vice, Collateral, and The Last Of The Mohicans. This film is also a remake of L.A. Takedown that’s also directed by Michael Mann and is an adaptation of the TV movie. After I read some reviews about this movie, Heat can be said as the best heist movie ever. Even this was more than my expectation. Some heist films which always focus on the point always contain excessive themes and seem unlikely. Heat uses two styles of realistic and modern. The final shootout scene in this movie also seemed realistic, simple, and normal to happen in the reality. The background that’s used also feels modern for the film which made in 1995. Moreover, with the action of these two best actors of all time, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro, we don’t need to be underestimated again. This film was also their second movie after The Godfather: Part II where they played in the same movie but never shared a screen. This movie is the real proof that this is an actual action movie. Nothing exaggerated, a great cast, realistic sound editing, and the background that looks modern.
“Heat,” tells about Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his professional criminal crew trying to hunt for a lot of money and ending up with a pursuit from Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and his team of cops in a robbery police division. This work put Vincent into a trail as they tried to get and work together to capture Neil’s group. Neil and Vincent are two people who have a similar life to their personal lives. Neil is a person who holds the principle by his mentor where he says, ‘Never have anything in your life that you can not walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the heat coming around the corner.’ However, he came out of his character and fell in love with someone. This is a cat and mouse chase whose connects their personal lives.
Heat took a mediocre theme of shooting in the streets, bank robberies, good guy against bad guy, and clichés in the heist movie in general. Although like that, Heat is a different film from the heist movie in general. The main thing that can answer why this film is said like that because of the actors. From the trailer, the film shows the two actors competing in one film on a screen. What I mean here is the coffee scene where the two actors are the first time to compete acting after The Godfather: Part II. If you want to assess how the performance of these two actors, I think it no longer needs to worry about because both actors are performing with the best performance. Al Pacino plays his character as a policeman with a character that contradicts his job. Two times divorced until life with his third wife that becomes a mess, he is someone who’s too obsessive about his work so he doesn’t really care about the people around him. By the way, Natalie Portman also plays in this film as Lauren Gustafson who became the son of Lt. Vincent Hanna. On the other hand, Robert De Niro plays his character as a villain with his cleverness that can make the police drive insane. He has a calm personality, doesn’t talk too much, and prefers to take an action as soon as possible. However, he is concerned with his friend including Chris Shiherlis played by Val Kilmer. Of these two characters, it’s this contradiction that makes the film so good. The bad guy who doesn’t like the bad guy and vice versa. Val Kilmer doesn’t really dominate in here and I think he’s so hard to get into the middle of these two actors. Another cast like Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, and friends seems good and no one deficient.
As I said, this movie is a contradiction between characters. Two main characters is a protagonist that focuses on a subject, woman. With the chaotic life of both of them, I think this movie sometimes displays some sad scenes because considering Heat is also a drama. Despite that, Heat is not solely focused on the aspect. But is Heat just as good as the big cast, not the story? Heat isn’t completely overdoing some action scene. Simply, not too many action scenes here. The first impression is just the recognition of character with various problems, the process of chase between the two side, and the whole is only dominated by conversation. People who still lay with films like this and just looking for the action alone may not be in accordance with their expectations and will find that this movie’s boring. One of the most memorable when watching this movie is the final shootout bank heist scene that exceeded my exploits. The first thing that immediately flashed through my head was a heist video game called PAYDAY 2 and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Not to mention, Christopher Nolan himself is also inspired by this scene where he uses this scene as the opening scene of The Dark Knight. Speaking of the final shootout, this scene is one of the most real scenes ever in the movie. The editing sounds are almost similar to the sounds of real weapons, the cinematographic techniques of the splendid by Dante Spinotti, and the performance of all real performance when using weapons. The actors in this movie are also trained using weapons before shooting the movie. I also wonder why this film didn’t win even nominated at all in Oscar. In fact, this film deserves to get an Oscar award in the category of Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing. By the way, don’t forget the ending that’s also pretty twisty and hard to figure out so the storyline of the two main characters will meet on something that cannot be speculated.
Overall, Heat is one of the best heist movies ever. The duration that presented is almost three hours. Not to mention, this film is more dominant in conversation rather than the action. So, this movie can be a bit boring than you think but the action will make you lose your boredom. For me, there are so many memorable scenes in this movie one of the coffee scene, the final shootout scene, the suspenseful ending scene, to the chase scenes of the two best actors which all I think are memorable. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two of the best actors who perform their best performances in this film and together compete. The other cast is also like that with sound editing that is pretty realistic, I think this is one of the realistic movies I’ve ever watched. An experience in watching action films only exist on Heat.