Screen Gems | Release Date: December 4, 2009
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ChadS.Dec 4, 2009
In order for the heist to work, the filmmaker takes care of a potential plot loophole during the morning briefing scene, where the Eagle Shield Security boss(Fred Ward) announces to his employees that all armored trucks will be furbished In order for the heist to work, the filmmaker takes care of a potential plot loophole during the morning briefing scene, where the Eagle Shield Security boss(Fred Ward) announces to his employees that all armored trucks will be furbished with GPS units in the near-future. Since the heist entails that the vehicle be driven off its ordained route and into an abandoned warehouse, the moviegoer can be rest assured that the job is plausible, within reason. Nobody knows where the men are; the men with the bank's fourty-two-million-dollars, in what may be the most underwhelming caper ever captured on celluloid. Problem solved, sure, but contrivance rears its ugly head, and the story doesn't hold up to this very fact: With so much money at stake, wouldn't a bank insist that its armored truck service be up-to-date with all the latest technological advancements, like a GPS unit? Of course, they would. Of mild interest, the heist isn't told in chronological order: the second phase preceeds the first phase, in which the latter is disguised as a hazing ritual that the veteran men perform on Ty(Columbus Short), the rookie, the stock honest man-type character who goes crooked when society seemingly forces him to. As a result, "Armored" has no real payoff. The truck disappears inside the warehouse and never comes out. The narrative is mostly limited to this single setting, an approach to filmmaking that didn't mar "Kontroll"(a subway system), or "Vacancy"(a motel), but does here, as claustrophobia quickly sets in for the moviegoer. While calamity after calamity piles up in the immediate hour after Mike(Matt Dillon) checks in with homebase, you never get a sense of real time, or palpable urgency, before he has to check in again. Expand
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