Let me get this right out there - I love heist movies. Those movies that pit individuals against an almost impregnanble vault and which the protagonists must use cunning and expertise to overcome. Whether it be the more modern set such as "Ocean's Eleven," "Mission Impossible," "Entrapment" to the more classic such as the 1960s original "Italian Job" to "11 Harrowhouse" they all manage to weave a clever plan into an entertaining picture.
Why am I giving this movie a mere three starts then? Why, because it just doesn't work. The means of achieving the heist are somewhat pedestrian at best and the protagonists use gedgetry to overcome some of the obstacles in their way. Even the obligatory "surprise" ending (another part of any good heist movie) seems rather forced and muddled.
But we do have Morgan Freeman doing as much as can be expected with the awkward material and Antonio Banderas does a good job also, although it sometimes seems he plays his characters the same way 99 percent of the time. Freeman plays veteran thief Keith Ripley who tags up-and-coming thief Gabriel Martin (played by Banderas) to be his partner in a job to steal two faberge eggs from the vault of a Russian jeweler in New York. However the movie lacks dramatic tension and it's all a rather ho-hum experience. All in all this movie may deserve a rental, but as far as purchasing is concerned - buyer beware.
The Blu-ray features an above average transfer, if nothing to write home about. The detail is rendered in the majority of the scenes, with only a few appearing less distinct and the colors appear natural. The audio track is more troublesome with some dailogue difficult to make out, though rear speakers are used to good effect.
The supplemental package is largely forgettable with a series of interviews that look like they were filmed in a trailer with hideous Audio and Visual quality and a 16 minute behind the scenes feature that is largely fluff.
Worth a rental.