I love a good bank heist movie.
Hollywood has been making them forever, but somehow the whole bad guy plus bank vault scenario never seems to get old. Some of my all-time favorite action movies happen to be bank robbery flicks: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (starring Redford, Newman, and don’t forget Katharine Ross of Elaine Robinson fame), Heat (De Niro, Pacino) and now The Town, starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, and Jon Hamm (that guy from Mad Men).
Has anyone seen this film? I don’t even see all that many movies, and I managed to catch it. I bet some of you are among the gazillion movie-goers who helped put it on top at the box office its opening week. Now I have to say, I’m not sure you can compare the Redford-Newman duo and the De Niro-Pacino duo with Affleck-Renner. But I thought Affleck did an okay job. For sure this should buy him some forgiveness for Gigli and Paycheck. But the real shop-stopper in this film (notice I avoided the pun about someone stealing the show?!?) was Jeremy Renner, who stormed onto the scene last year as Sergeant First Class William James in The Hurt Locker.
Let us pause for a moment:
Not into super-intense sweaty guys? Okay, no problem. But you should still see The Hurt Locker because it is an amazingly well-told story with fabulous acting. Renner was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, but lost out to Jeff Bridges. Personally, I think he should have won for his scary-calm portrayal of the bomb expert who is quietly losing it in Iraq. Maybe this year he will get another shot at the gold for his supporting role as Ben Affleck’s lifelong friend and fellow heister, Jem Coughlin. He was that good . Really. Go see for yourself. It’s not the bank robberies themselves that make this movie so compelling (the crimes themselves are not as clever as some of the others out there), but the sense of friendship and loyalty among this gang of crooks. Like so many good heist movies, you find yourself rooting for the bad guys.
What is your favorite bank heist movie? What about any kind of heist? Casinos, art museums, you name it. It’s a storyline that never gets old, I think because screenwriters are constantly finding ways to make it fresh.
And did I mention it has been a super amazing week?? Not only did I just turn in a book that I was almost certain I wouldn’t manage to finish on time (yay!! sigh of relief!) but my most recent release–DEADLY PROMISES with Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, and Cindy Gerard–just hit The New York Times Best Seller List and the USA Today Best Seller List. I am still reeling from this news that just came yesterday afternoon. These other ladies have graced the bestseller lists before, but this is a first for me and so I’m very excited! And so today I’m giving away TWO signed copies of the book and TWO $15 Starbucks gift cards. Leave a comment for a chance to win! And thank you for helping me celebrate!!