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Reel Reviews – Heat

Reel Review #30: “I do what I do best, I take scores. You do what you do best, try to stop guys like me.” Check out this Michael Mann written and directed film that puts Al Pacino and Robert De Niro on the screen together. A wild ride that blends action and drama. I go a little longer than usual, but can you blame me with so much great stuff to talk about. Check it out.

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18 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Heat”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Baron Mar 15th, 2005 at 1:12 am

    Is this what is known in the industry is a Contract Film? A film that’s jam packed with known actors to fullfill their contracts with the studio.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Jon Mar 15th, 2005 at 6:32 am

    I think this is what is known as a great film. Where the story and the director are so good many successful people want to be part of the project.

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Metz Mar 15th, 2005 at 8:57 am

    I never really liked Heat. I thought it was way too long and lacked cohesive direction but the biggest problem I had was the diner scene with Pacino and DeNiro. It came across as an afterthought. Sort of like halfway through the movie they figured out that the two principal characters actually were never on screen together except when they were shooting at each other and “gosh we’d better do something about that. You, screen writer guy, write a scene where we can get DeNiro and Pacino together to say pithy things to each other”

    I just thought the whole thing was overblown. It’s one of the few movies I’ve seen in the theater where I was looking at my watch waiting for it to end.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Jon Mar 15th, 2005 at 9:13 am

    The new Heat DVD has a nice feature on the making of the film. The two main characters are based on a real life police officer and thief in Chicago. The scene with DeNiro and Pacino is based on an actual event that the two men had where they had a conversation as two regular guys. I respect your opinion that the scene doesn’t work, but it definately wasn’t thrown in or written as an afterthought.

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Olof Mar 15th, 2005 at 11:30 am

    Great review! I love Heat. Apart from all the great stuff you mentioned in the podcast, I really love the camera work. It’s incredibly detailed and well thought out. Just take a look at the scene where DeNiro’s character meets Eady at some bar, and they just start to get to know each other. You’ll see the camera angles change thoughout their conversation, in the beginning kind of distanced angles, not so much “in your face”, and as they start to get to know each other and becoming more friendly, the cameras move in to give you a much more intimate covering of their faces. The cameras kind of follow the character’s lines in their conversations. And there’s much more to it than just this example. Great stuff.

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Tanveer Mar 15th, 2005 at 11:56 am

    When I first saw it, I wasn’t aware of Mr. Mann or his work. And needless to say, the moment I finished the movie, I became a huge fan (I caught the 1st thursday midnight show of Collateral, when it came out in the theater!) I loved everthing in that movie, from writing to casting, to acting, not to mention the camera work (Mr. Mann is genius when it comes to this; hint: Collateral) and last but not least the pacing of the movie…how it gradually sucks you in this world and makes it feel almost too real where you feel someting distinctive for each character.

    I’m very glad that you decided to do one of your in-depth and candid review of this instant-classic movie. Good job.

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Jeff Nemcher Mar 16th, 2005 at 7:44 am

    I don’t think any one can blame you for going long on this review, the movie is not only jam packed with great things to talk about, but it runs a bit long as well. Definately in a good way. This movie is on my top ten list because of the understated action sequences (think Die Hard here) that allow for the character development and terrific acting to shine through. I feel that the pacing of this film is dead on showing the methodical detail that is a defining characther trait of both DeNiro and Pacino’s characters.

    Great dialogue, great cinematography, and thanks to you a great review.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 ColdForged Mar 17th, 2005 at 12:02 pm

    Mmm… Heat. Haven’t even heard the podcast yet — it’s loading in the background as we speak — but I know I’ll love it. Probably my favorite crime movie since Reservoir Dogs, though for much different reasons. Nice choice, Michael.

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Dave Mar 17th, 2005 at 2:43 pm

    Great movie. As soon as I heard the review I went out and rented it. I looked at the running time and thought it would be one of those movies that would force me to contstantly look at my watch. It was a great movie and didn’t feel long at all. Good choice!

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 logovo Mar 21st, 2005 at 3:36 pm

    As always great commentary. The bank heist is one of my favorite scenes. Thank you so much for mentioning the sound of the weapons, it was how the scene sounded that completely sucked me in.

    I didn’t like Al Pacino in this one though. Its a shame, because at the time when I hear of the team up I was very excited.

  11. Gravatar Icon 11 Mike Mar 27th, 2005 at 3:20 pm

    wow, there are ads there now…for like 2 minutes

  12. Gravatar Icon 12 Bobby Apr 18th, 2005 at 1:03 pm

    Nice to see Heat get some recognition. Its one of my favorite movies along with The Godfather I and II, and feel its a bit underappreciated with it recently being knocked out of the imdb top 250.

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