A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution.
The war veteran, Ty Hackett, is hired to work as security guard by the Eagle Shield Security where his old friend Mike Cochroone works. Ty is having financial difficulties after the death of his father, and is raising his brother Jimmy alone. He teams up with Mike's brother-in-law, Baines, and their coworkers Quinn, Palmer and Dobbs. One night, Mike invites Ty to join in the robbery of two armored trucks transporting forty-two million dollars. The reluctant Ty accepts after Mike promises that nobody would be hurt in the heist. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There was initially a subplot/ backstory for Matt Dillon's character in which his wife was dying, hence his need for more money. This was ultimately dropped to create a leaner running time. See more »
(at around 40 mins) After the first pickup, as the truck is driving down the road, the shot from the driver side as the vehicle is passing the camera, the camera boom is reflected in the side of the truck. See more »
Rise and shine, let's go... You gonna miss the bus, get up.
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Now I'm not calling Armored the next Heat or Dog Day afternoon. It's not as good as Reservoir Dogs, the usual suspects, Oceans 11 or even Inside Man or The Town. Nonetheless, it's a solid action movie with solid performances.
Solid is really the perfect word for this. Everything is solid. The plot is solid. The acting is solid. The suspense is solid. The gritty feel is solid.
the premise is simple enough. Columbus Short plays Ty Hacket, an Armored truck guard and Iraq war veteran struggling to make ends meet for him and his teenage brother. (Their parents are dead). Matt Dillion plays Mike, Ty's co-worker and father figure of sorts. He wants to rob their own armored car with their other workers (played by Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Amaury Nolasco, and Skeet Ulrich).
The heist is pretty poorly planned, but that's what I liked. These characters weren't criminal masterminds, just a couple of ordinary guys who got greedy. Without spoiling too much, the heist obviously goes wrong and next thing you know, Ty has locked himself in one of the trucks with the money.
This film is an example of what I call "trapped movies" (films where the majority of the film involves some trapped in something. Other examples include Buried and 127 hours). The film did a solid job of keeping my attention and staying suspenseful.
The acting is pretty good. This is the first movie I've seen with Columbus Short and I thought he made a strong protagonist. I'd like to see him in other work. The always great Matt Dillion is just as good as he's ever been. The rest of the cast does a good job, but nothing outstanding.
The main problem with this film is the plot holes. There are quite a few illogical things in the film. However, if you're able to successfully suspend disbelief, then you'll have a good time.
The film also asks some interesting questions about money and greed and what Ty could of or should have done in the film. It makes you think.
This film came out in December 2009, (AKA Oscar season). Now this certainly had nothing Oscar worthy, but for what it was, it was pretty entertaining.
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