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Movie review: The Score

The Score
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Movie review: The Score


Nick is a seasoned safecracker about to retire when his fence, Max, connects him with one last big score. Working with Jackie, an unpredictable thief, they scheme to rob the Montreal Customs House.

Robert DeNiro (Nick), Edward Norton (Jack), Marlon Brando (Max), Angela Bassett (Diane), Gary Farmer (Burt), Paul Soles (Danny), Jamie Harrold (Steven), Serge Houde (Laurent).

The Score begins by giving us a taste of the plot to come along with some character background. As the film progresses the plot and characters become more well defined and interesting. When Jack and Nick are put together, things get even more exciting due in large part to Jack's behavior. The film builds suspense and tension well, engaging the audience through the enjoyable ending which includes a nice twist or two.

Acting was very good in The Score with DeNiro and Norton playing well against each other. The two seasoned actors delivered good emotion and energy throughout. Brando also did well and it was good to see him again. Bassett did well but felt a little out of place with DeNiro. Farmer and the remainder of the supporting cast felt experienced and solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very well done with exceptional detail and realistic feel. The film obviously had a good budget which shows in the technical quality. Physical effects were enjoyable and well done. Dialogue fit the film and moved things along nicely. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.

The Score delivers from most every aspect and is well worth watching if you are a fan of the main cast or crime thrillers. Simple yet well done, this one is a reminder that an easy storyline and focus on the details can provide quality entertainment.

With foul language and some mild violence this should be fine for teens and above, though it is probably older audiences who will enjoy it most.

Released: 2001
Reviewed: 3.27.14
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Thrillers, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure, Crime Thrillers

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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