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This movie is not a standard thieves versus cops movie, it really lets you get to know the characters of both sides and see their emotional lives. You can pick your side, so you can concider the end of the movie as a good or a bad ending. On which side are you on? The film is directed by Michael Mann, known for his work on the hit series 'Miami Vice'. 'Heat' has a great cast with some of Hollywood finest actors. The two main characters are played by the best gangster actors you can get; Robert De Niro ('Goodfellas') and Al Pacino ('Scarface'). The story line concerns both sides. You have the story of the life of Vincent Hanna, played by Al Pacino, who has a relationship crisis with his wife because he is always busy chasing criminals. And also his step daughter is a mess, because her real father never shows up. Then you have the story of master criminal Neil McCauley, played by Robert De Niro, who never had a wife because he wants to be independent so he can escape wherever he wants without having to worry about someone. The two admire each one other. The plot begins when Neil and his crew rob a transport wagon and steal the obligations of rich guy Roger van Zant. The robbery goes wrong when a gang member called Waingro shoots one of the drivers, so they have to kill anyone around to leave no witnesses. Waingro then gets kicked out of the crew. Still part of the crew are Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer) and Michael Cheritto (Tom Sizemore). Officer Vincent Hanna an his team of LAPD agents are put on the case. They find out that they are dealing with real professionals. They track them down to find out what their next score is going to be. But McCauley's crew are on to them and play games with the LAPD. The next big score will be a bank robbery in central Los Angeles. Everything seems to be going smooth, until the LAPD gets the tip by Van Zant who got it from Waingro who is working for Van Zant as a snitch. The police arrives just in time and the whole area gets turned into a shooting gallery. A lot of people die in the proses, but McCauley and Chris manage to escape. Now Neil has to escape before Vincent Hanna finds him. Which is difficult for him because he finally found a woman he loves. Neil has an escape plan but Vincent is right after him. The final scene is a battle between Neil and Vincent, eventually one of the two dies… If you like gangster movies, then I would recommend Heat.
Having developed his skill as a master of contemporary crime drama, writer-director Michael Mann displayed every aspect of that mastery in this intelligent, character-driven thriller from 1995, which also marked the first onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The two great actors had played father and son in the separate time periods of The Godfather, Part II, but this was the first film in which the pair appeared together, and although their only scene together is brief, it's the riveting fulcrum of this high-tech cops-and-robbers scenario. De Niro plays a master thief with highly skilled partners (Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) whose latest heist draws the attention of Pacino, playing a seasoned Los Angeles detective whose investigation reveals that cop and criminal lead similar lives. Both are so devoted to their professions that their personal lives are a disaster. Pacino's with a wife (Diane Venora) who cheats to avoid the reality of their desolate marriage; De Niro pays the price for a life with no outside connections; and Kilmer's wife (Ashley Judd) has all but given up hope that her husband will quit his criminal career. These are men obsessed, and as De Niro and Pacino know, they'll both do whatever's necessary to bring the other down. Mann's brilliant screenplay explores these personal obsessions and sacrifices with absorbing insight, and the tension mounts with some of the most riveting action sequences ever filmed--most notably a daylight siege that turns downtown Los Angeles into a virtual war zone of automatic gunfire. At nearly three hours, the film qualifies as a kind of intimate epic, certain to leave some viewers impatiently waiting for more action, but it's all part of Mann's compelling strategy. Heat is a true rarity: a crime thriller with equal measures of intense excitement and dramatic depth, giving De Niro and Pacino a prime showcase for their finely matched talents.
An L.A. cop (Al Pacino) becomes fixated on a deadly thief (Robert Dinero) and his crew ( Val Kilmer & Jon Voight) who are taking Los Angeles to the cleaners. This movie includes one of the most spectacular shoot outs in film history as Dinero and Kilmer rip through downtown Los Angeles with both guns blazing.
Heat is an absolute masterpiece. Originally a screenplay which sat on the shelf for almost twenty years before being greenlit, Heat is the perfect character driven crime drama. Mann pits Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as a dueling cop and crook whose lives bear stunning resemblances to themselves. Vincent (Pacino) becomes obsessed in his case to help escape the reality of his failing marriage, while Neil (De Niro) is a cool, calm, collected and disciplined master thief who, with his skilled team (including Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore) are planning a heist which will change everyone involved forever. This portrait of these people and their failing personal lives sacrificed for their obsessive careers makes Heat the best film to come from Mann, and undoubtadly the best big budget crime drama to come out of the 90's. The face off between Pacino and De Niro is a film buff's dream, and the climactic LA shootout is possibly one of the best action sequences in cinematic history. The rest of the cast, which includes Jon Voight, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Kevin Gage, Denis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Danny Trejo, Henry Rollins, Tom Noonan, and Hank Azaria, does brilliant work. Truly a cinematic masterpiece. A great crime epic for your dvd collection!!
If you've seen HEAT before you've seen L.A. TAKEDOWN ... well then, you'll have to forgive the hoary old cliché "it suffers in comparison." For the latter was in fact Michael Mann's made-for-TV 'original' - like his 1986 MANHUNTER, an adaptation of Thomas Harris' best-selling psycho-thriller Red Dragon, the second version 'remake' (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) is known as the better product.
Which is a pity, really, as both originals were slickly-made and engrossing thrillers, with cold professionals both coolly and coldly pursuing that which neither know anything else but ... Robert DeNiro grimmaces as per, and Al Pacino simply plays Al Pacino. In what is possibly the most electrifying two minutes of 1990s cinema, Pacino invites DeNiro for a 'cup of cawfey' and a quiet chat. In both film versions, both characters admit, with sardonic understatement, how their respective lives are empty and hollow: the bankrobber's is limited to any relationship from which he can walk away in 30 seconds flat, and the policeman's dedication to his career is threatening the loss of the woman he loves. Each man concedes a brief empathy for the other's mirrored emptiness - it makes the closing hand-clasping scene almost touching ...
There are entire takes and scenes where the dialogue is word-perfect. Only Patrick McLaren (LA TAKEDOWN) becomes Neil McCauley (HEAT) - but they still sell swimming-pools - and the Waynegro character boasts added tattoos and sleaze in HEAT. And Hey! whaddya know: Wes Studi (DANCES WITH WOLVES, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, GERONIMO) actually plays a Good Guy for a change! Both films are, of course, ridden with the tough-guy aphorisms one can nowadays expect from an action thriller (and complain into half-empty pint glasses when they're absent from the anticipated excitement) - "We're sitting here drinkin' cawfey, but if I see you coming out of a score, you're going down" ...
Having said that, HEAT - despite its 163 minutes running time ... is riveting. The dialogue is tight. The downtown gun-battle (filmed in downtown Los Angeles) sounds alarmingly genuine, as the staccato of automatic gunfire reverberates both loudly and impressively between the skyscrapers - full marks to the Sound Effects boffins! If you're stereo-ed up to your amp, crank up the Wattage for an ear-shattering and neighbour-rousing experience!
Arguably the apex of director Michael Mann's vast resume, Heat is the ultimate cops vs. robbers epic that brings together two of the world's greatest actors: Al Pacino & Robert de Niro. Seasoned cop Lt. Vincent Hanna (Pacino) finds himself pitted against cunning adversary Neil McCauley (de Niro), a master thief who takes down scores. High caliber performances also come from Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd & Ted Levine to name a few. Though the film clocks in shy of 3 hours, it's impossible not to be fixated by the meticulously crafted characters throughout (not to mention one of the most spectacular shootouts ever filmed). With a Shakespearean undertone, Mann's Heat is a genius character study that depicts the tragic personal & professional tolls shared between both sides of the law.