I hated this movie. I skipped ahead many times. i couldn't tolerate Gerard Butler's character. Who was a bully, corrupt lieutenant in the LAPD or the LASD (Sheriff) department. I didn't care to find out. His character reminds me of how this attitude is what many cops have. Since the corrupt system protects them, they aren't concerned. His character is so disgusting that his wife divorced him. And, as usual, this fool tries to intimidate his wife's boyfriend using his badge. Acts tough, but weeps like a little baby when he realizes he lost his family. Fools like this cop have a public perception that they are the type that make good law enforcers, but they don't. They are just a threat to everyone. But the Powers That Be like them. Arrogant sheriff's department agents are smarter than the FBI? I doubt that. I don't like these type of law enforcers. I get exposed to their attitude too often at the gym.
A savings and loan is robbed. The sheriff department watches them. They already knew about a sewer used for a bank robbery, but comes as a last minute realization that it is the bank robbers escape route from this smoke screen bank robbery. The real heist is the federal reserve. The LASD were talking about it in a meeting.
The federal reserve would have immediately known about Pico Rivera Savings and Loan robbery. But, they let an Armored Truck for a Pico Rivera transport into their facility.
The characters do portray the policemen very well. Even the arm flung outwards and bow-legged walk was copied accurately.
The final shootout amongst all the backed-up cars is silly. They show themselves as marksmen in the shooting range, but waste several hundred bullets and only two get shot. And, like in every movie, they are appendage wounds, "yawn". Then a miracle occurs: they become expert marksmen again. Well, sort of, they only inflict appendage wounds again, except for one. It seems as the black cop got a life threatening wound.
And then, the miracle stops when he really needs it. He is back to an unskilled shooter. And as a skilled military trained individual, yes, he still stands straight up after jumping an aluminum fence. That is where he gets shot when the corrupt cop shoots through the fence and hits him. But, I wonder how the bullet penetrated the armored vest.
And yes, because of the attitude of the corrupt lieutenant, I was cheering for the bank robbers.
However, the ending I did like. Its a movie ending that's good. The way it should be more often. I still gave it one star for exposing me to the cop attitude. But, its surprise end where a mental slap is given to the corrupt cop who thought he out-witted the bank robbers that sort of made up for having me tolerate the cop attitude.