#124: Heat (1995)

When and how did I watch this?

June 19th, 2016, on Vimeo.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Ensemble cast playing out a grand heist a la Ocean’s Eleven.

What do I know about it now?

I am becoming increasingly aware that I am not a fan of crime dramas. However, the right level of acting and character development should provoke some interest and keep me engaged.  Unfortunately, this film did not do it in time, and, not unlike how Papillon ended for me, I was bored about 45 minutes into it and shut it off. I like to give movies a chance, especially realizing that some take time to develop and have a slower pace than others, but when I feel like I’m wasting my time trying to figure out who’s who and what the film is all about, I am compelled to move on.

What are some themes in the film?

Crime, shooting people, blowing stuff up, talking tough

Did this affect me personally?

The opener was alright. I was waiting for the next scene like that, but it never happened.

Why is this ranked #124?

I’m gonna guess it’s strictly the genre and the ensemble cast.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She didn’t see any of it.

Would I watch it again?

I could give it another shot in the right circumstances.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Got three hours to kill?

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

From what I’ve seen, no.  The stakes are too high, especially at this rank in the list, to make the viewer wait for something important or gripping to happen for the sake of looking cool or mysterious. The viewer should be drawn in immediately and feel like they’re “in it”, particularly when we’re talking about a crime drama.  I wanted to care, but I just didn’t.

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