Henry's Crime

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1 h 47 min2010X-RayR
Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing. Starring an ensemble cast including Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan.
Directors
Malcolm Venville
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Keanu ReevesVera FarmigaPeter Stormare
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ComedyDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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James Caan
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Peter GrahamStephen HamelDavid MimranJordan Schur
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsubstance useviolence
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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MarkReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Movie!
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The plot, the characters, the music -- everything about this movie was great! The dialogue and the acting: so beautiful.

I've never been a "fan", so to speak, of Keanu Reeves and the "Top critical review" writes: "keanu says maybe 50 words in the whole movie. boring. wondering if his character is a complete dunce or if Reeves is stoned." I think, most likely, this reviewer was stoned. I would ignore that review completely.
24 people found this helpful
AddarioReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great to see James Caan again--he's aged fantastically--and Keanu and ...
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This is one of those "little" films that start off with such lack of pretense that you just have a feeling it's all going to come together and reward you for staying the course. Henry's Crime does just that. Great to see James Caan again--he's aged fantastically--and Keanu and Vera Farmiga are just right in their respective roles. No one does "water off a duck's back" better than Keanu (no criticism, it's a talent) and Vera's Julie Ivanova is the girl anyone would forgive for running over them and then, perfectly, calling them an idiot for walking in the road. That's when I knew it was going to be a very enjoyable film. I am glad that when filmmakers are reading a script, they're willing to forgo box office for their vision. The adlib ending to Chekhov's play is something the old playwright, on his deathbed, would have had cause to go to his grave smiling over. It's just a nice, loving, oddball little film that any guy should treat his date to and probably earn a few points thereby.
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Silver Screen VideosReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Barely Worth the Time
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There have been many great movie catchphrases over the years from “I’ll be back” to “May the Force be with you,” but usually the catchphrase arises out of the script. In the case of the 2010 Keanu Reeves caper comedy, “Henry’s Crime,” however, the film appears to have been constructed around a clever play on words. In this case, the catchphrase is “If you did the time, you might as well have done the crime,” a variant on “If you do the crime, you have to do the crime.” Unfortunately, most of the film’s cleverness seems to have been expended on the catchphrase, leaving little to a caper and a comedy that aren’t nearly as much fun as they should be.

The title character in “Henry’s Game” is a burned-out toll collector (played by Keanu Reeves) in upstate New York who manages to get talked into going out with some high school acquaintances (led by Fisher Stevens) to what he thinks is a pickup softball game (in the middle of the Buffalo winter). Instead, it turns out to be a bank robbery, with Henry as the getaway driver. However, the robbery goes poorly, and the hapless Henry is the only one caught. When he gets out of jail, Henry revisits the bank and learns that during Prohibition a tunnel ran from the bank vault to a speakeasy across the street. The speakeasy is now a theater, and Henry hatches a scheme to access the tunnel from the theater and use it to burrow into the bank vault. To do so, he has to get a part in the theatrical production of “The Cherry Orchard” currently in rehearsals at the theater.

Keanu Reeves is an actor with a highly limited range, but playing an emotionless burnout is right in his wheelhouse. His Henry barely cracks a smile or raises his voice throughout the entire movie. But, while Reeves’s performance is spot on, it doesn’t make for a very compelling film. To give the film the energy it needs, director Malcolm Venville adds some colorfully over-the-top supporting characters, beginning with Vera Farmiga, the play’s lead actress and Henry’s eventual bed buddy. Old pro James Caan also appears as an old-time convict Henry meets in prison, who helps with the details and planning of the robbery. And finally, there is Peter Stormare as the eccentric, hot-headed director of the play.

“Henry’s Game” is the type of movie where the little things that work compensate for the big things that don’t. The robbery itself is highly mundane (although we get to see occasional shots of people digging a tunnel that look like leftover outtakes from “The Great Escape”). Not even the third-act return of Fisher Stevens, who threatens to expose the heist if he’s not cut in, makes it especially suspenseful or entertaining. The other main subplot is the disastrous preparation for the play. The combination of a zombie-like, amateurish Reeves and a scenery-chewing Farmiga should have been good for laughs, but director Venville (who hasn’t made a feature film since “Henry’s Game”) can’t seem to produce any really funny moments.

Fortunately, Farmiga, Caan, and Stormare have a lot of fun with their roles. Farmiga turns her character into an even more neurotic, human version of Miss Piggy, leaving poor Keanu Reeves dumbstruck at times as to how to react (acting dumbstruck is also well within Reeves’s wheelhouse). Stormare seems to channel every obsessive director in the history of the theater and combines his manic energy with an at-times nearly indecipherable accent. Best of all is Caan, who is less Sonny Corleone and more Billy Rose. He doesn’t want to leave prison because he’s a big shot in the slammer and doesn’t care for the prospect of starting from scratch on the outside. But once he is outside, he’ all charm and smoothness.

“Henry’s Crime” is a prime example of what happens when you combine a decent plot idea and some A-list acting talent with a script that doesn’t know what to do with its central premise and a director who can’t maximize his comic potential. “Henry’s Crime” is neither the clever caper nor the manic farce that the film easily could have been. However, it’s amiable enough throughout, and the supporting performers are clearly having a lot of fun. For those reasons, I’m giving the film a mild recommendation. But, make no mistake, it’s somewhat of a crime that Henry’s movie wasn’t any better.
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D. LarsonReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Keaun does numb better than enthused
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The conceit is a really terrible performance of "The Cherry Orchard". But Keanu isn't terrible, and James Caan sells his role as the tired seen-it-all con man. He's good, Peter Stormare is good, if under-used. The romantic chemistry really does not sell. Vera Farmiga is supposed to be a cold fish, and that's believable. The romance with Keanu....not happening. She's as unconvincing with him as with she is as Madame Ravensky. A couple of awkward sex scenes notwithstanding, these two are not reacting.

Keanu is way more convincing as the numb civil servant going through the motions of life than he is reborn as a natural Lopahkin. Nobody does vaguely autistic or maybe uncomprehending extraterrestrial than Mr. Reeves. Butchering Chekov for his one true love? Not seeing it. Still, it's a romantic comedy, not a thriller.

But James Caan saves the whole enterprise; the in prison section is actually more engaging than the romantic comedy; the "meet cute" starts a long flat spot in the middle of the movie where we should be getting a little more involved in the mechanics of the bank robbery and a little less of the lovebirds reciting Chekov at each other.

The robbery itself is a rushed, almost tacked-on business. Maybe I like a heist movie more than I like a so-so rom-com, but give me an oxygen lance and a rotohammer over the Keanu rushing back to the theater scene any day. The ending is a hurried muddle, wrapping up the heart felt bits while completely ignoring the fallout from the robbery.

I'd give it two stars if I'd paid money to see it in a theater. But for free on Amazon Prime, killing time on the treadmill, three stars, edging on four. It's OK, I've watched worse, will watch worse again.
5 people found this helpful
Billy Joe Jim BobReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Love Story with a Heist twist
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Keanu Reeves can sometimes be the most painful actor to watch. He can be the most square actor with so little emotion and poor timing, but surprisingly, he uses that to his advantage in his character development in this movie. Yes, it starts out painful to watch. His acting is atrocious, but there's a larger plot at play here so if you have the fortitude to stick it out, it will pleasantly surprise you in the end.
Its not anywhere near his best performance - its no Neo or John Wick, but he does come thru in this one.

Judy Greer and James Caan play very nice supporting roles here and definitely help carry this script.

Overall, its worth a watch. Its nowhere near my top 5 heist movies, but its a nice change of pace from the other faster moving and more exciting Heist movies.
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BrandonReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wish I wouldve known sooner!
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I thought I was pretty well versed in Keanu's filmography but I never knew about this little gem! Lets go ahead and just recognize the stellar cast. With that said the story was quite surprisingly original and I really enjoyed watching Reeves play a take it as it comes nice guy of very few words. He developed his character as perfectly as he always does and you can see his love and passion slowly chip away at his stoic personality till it crumbles completely at the end. Vera delivers as always. Showing why she is passionate love and sex carefully bottled up in a demeanor of sarcastic wit and fear of being hurt. Ultimately giving in only as she can with a wry line of acceptance. I am now and will forever be crestfallen that Judy Greer is married and there is no chance of me someday marring her myself. To me she is the perfect combination of fey like beauty and sultry gorgeousness that I have only been able to behold in her green eyes and red hair that have had me smitten since first seeing her in Jawbreaker. Caan is a legend and couldnt give a bad performance if he tried. Stormare is his usual eccentric confrontational bully with vision and emotion he does so well. Do yourselves a favor and watch this film.
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catch22Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Charming and stylistic, funny and dry
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I actually found myself really liking the seemingly slow pacing of this film. Keanu Reeves plays a somewhat dimwit toll booth attendant with a dissatisfied wife who wants more out of life including a family. He unknowingly gets brought in on a bank robbery gone bad as the gettaway man but doesn't know it. He is nabbed, thrown in jail and there he is befriended by his cell mate played by James Caan in outstanding performance for his age. He convinces Caan, who is totally satisfied with jail life, to seek parole to help him rob the very bank is was falsely accused of robbing in the first place. They form a motley duo and bring in another accomplice who screws things up for everyone. It's quite a ride, slow but very funny in a dry sort of way. I loved the cinematography. The sound quality on the wife is quite bad however for a studio film. Every time she spoke, which thankfully was not often, it was barely audible on my system. Of course there is a love affair thrown in. Nice find I wasn't expecting to be quite as good as it is.
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JASReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Waste Your Time
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This film was mildly amusing at best. It started slow, and never really picked up speed. Keanu Reeves plays Henry, a toll booth worker who seems socially awkward even with his wife. Gets talked into a supposed baseball game in Buffalo in November. Doesn't ask any questions, has no discernment regarding these old classmates that show up at his door. They bail on him and he's the one who goes to prison, because he won't speak and point the finger at the real criminals. The highlight of the film was James Caan. Sorry Mr. Caan, but the rest of the cast was not impressive and the movie sank like a cement block in the river.
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