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Il bandito dagli occhi azzurri / Blue Eyed Bandit (1980)

Director: Alfredo Giannetti
Starring:  Franco Nero, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Carlos de Carvalho. Italy. 1h 36m

A somewhat whimsical crime thriller, Blue Eyed Bandit stars the iconic Franco Nero as Renzo Dominici,  mild mannered crippled and aged clerk who works for a bank, but little do his employers know what by night he transforms into a young, dynamic blue eyed criminal mastermind.


By day he shuffles around in a clever disguise, working long hours, visiting his mother in her nursing home and all the while secretly scoping out the office and waiting for the big pay day but as he ultimate heist get closer, Stella (Lazzaro); a loose member of the cafeteria staff starts to work out that there is much more to the old quiet clerk and she attempts to slide into the deal. Continue reading Il bandito dagli occhi azzurri / Blue Eyed Bandit (1980)

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Heist (2015)

Heist

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Advertised as a “heist” movie and even titled Heist, I would assume the movie would be about a heist, but that’s over in the first 20 minutes of the movie and the rest of it is about a getaway… but I’m not gonna split hairs here. Big names in this film, Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Batista. But that’s the impressive part over.

It’s an ok movie, it pulls at the heart strings and entertains. Robert De Niro plays a craggy ole crime boss who’s been laundering money in his casino, Morgan goes to him to borrow some money to pay for an operation for his Tiny Tim of a daughter, but De Niro refuses, so Morgan robs him. that’s the heist part, then the group leg it onto a bus to make a break for it. Yep they use a bus to getaway.. there is a point to all of this! There is a plan!

There is a reason for this method of getting away but I won’t reveal here as I don’t want to spoil the film. There is a bit of action, motorbike assassins come from nowhere and there’s the odd shoot out all topped up with scenes of baby Morgan fading away in hospital and him crying on the phone, a bit of knife action and what not.

It’s like one of the old school action movies from the 90’s it doesn’t need a reason just sit back and let the action take you away.

I like the movie, it’s not brilliant, but it does entertain and had a few laughs too. De Niro doesn’t really do much, but then he doesn’t have to these days, showing up is enough. There isn’t much else to the film, a decent twist at the end, nothing astounding, but it doesn’t let the film down like so many others I have seen this year. There is a decent amount of action, a little bit of “guy” antics, but not a lot of depth, to be honest it doesn’t need it. It reminds me of the old style action films of the 90’s, including the other bus film, Speed (1994), it doesn’t apologise for it either but it does swim around i sentimental waters and it could have shed that for more bloodshed in my opinion.

The Director Scott Mann is making a few improvements with his films with his newfound budget but I preferred The Tournament (2009).

6/10

full film review to come…