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Heat (1995) review
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"You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we've been face to face, if I'm there and I gotta put you away, I won't like it. But I tell you, if it's between you and some poor bastard whose wife you're gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down."

Heat was an outstanding and enthralling film that delivers emotions that continue to intrigue the viewer long after the film comes to its final conclusion. It is a rare film that should not be missed for any occasion; exciting and compelling from the moment it begins.

Robert De Niro is Neil McCauley, an expert in his area. He happens to be a thief and an exceptional one too. He finds himself and his crew being chased down by Detective Vincent Hanna, a man who seems to stop at nothing to put his city out of danger. Both criminal and detective have their own glitches in their personal lives, and we go deeper into these as we explore both of their lives and ways of living. Eventually these two will come face to face and have to make decisions that will change the course of their lives, and experience things that make it clear that it's a challenge between masterminds of the opposite sides of the law.
Heat exceeds all expectations for its genre. It soon becomes an exhilarating and fast paced thrill ride, but manages to keep other aspects as key parts of the plot itself. As well as being an action thriller, elements of drama, mystery & romance come across strongly. Heck, there's even some light humor numerous times. This makes Heat the type of film any movie lover would enjoy, and surely any fan of Michael Mann would have to be impressed for several different reasons.

For starters, Michael Mann has talent behind the camera that very few others can match. His ability to make the viewer this captivated and compelled to the plot and characters is simply extraordinary. Not only has he directed Heat, but he has also used his ability to create and write the story itself, which can't be given any rank lower than magnificent. It's rare for a film to leave me this connected to the plot and literally on the edge of my seat for almost its entire length. Even if Heat isn't delivering a full on action scene with loads of guns and exhilarating moments, it can still leave the viewer on the edge of their seat in astonishment of the drama and gripping story that this film delivers. Even the score adds entirety to the atmosphere when it is most needed. For the most part of Heat though, the atmosphere comes simply from the stunning imagery and cinematography. Even just the element used within silence creates the full scene, which is visually amazing to watch.

Even just the cast in itself is more than enough reason to see Heat. With an all-star cast that give strong and powerful performances, the acting talent in heat comes just as brilliant as the other elements. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are the two responsible for the leading roles. Just as expected, they give breathtaking performances that give the whole movie even more reason to be impressive and unforgettable. Both Pacino and De Niro were equally remarkable and incredible to watch. Val Kilmer also gave striking and alluring performance, showing emotions outstandingly well. Jon Voight was also exceptional for his supporting role, adding to riveting atmosphere.

Overall Heat was a movie that I am thrilled to have finally seen, and in awe of its tremendous ability to keep the viewer entertained and compelled for its entire length. This crime drama is thrilling and powerful, and should satisfy any viewer.

Added by Claudia
10 years ago on 14 June 2008 03:33

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