First time I'm watching this and im completely blown away. One of the best heist/action films I've ever seen, Michael Mann is a master of cinema and the Pacino/De Niro dynamic at its finest. Soundtrack and camera work is top-notch
A love-hate poem to L.A., and when Mann takes in the streets, the freeways and LAX, he doesn't give us shiny "Lethal Weapon"-style travelogues. He shows us an L.A. that's grim, bare, a bit smoggy and ruled by street smarts. [15 Dec 1995]
This is a brilliant film. While clocking in at a nearly three-hour running time, there isn't a single wasted scene, it is always entertaining and I think it is very rewatchable too. The cinematography, locations and scenery are superb, and the film's atmosphere and pace are also terrific. The story is plausible and beautifully structured with a breathtaking sequence towards the middle of the film, and there are a lot of memorable quotes. Heat is also brilliantly directed by Michael Mann and the acting of Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino is exemplary. So all in all, brilliant and absolutely worth it. 10/10 Bethany Cox
Always a blast to see DeNiro and Pacino together again in what was a pretty decent crime movie. Sadly, What could have been a classic is ruined by cringe-worthy dialogue and a poorly done final act that fails to match what the film had been up until that point.
I find Michael Mann to be inconsistent in many of his films.
The first 10 minutes of this movie are great. The robbery scene is one of the best ever but then the film begins to be self indulgent and full of clichés. The characters are written to be spectacular rather than real (especially the character of Al Pacino) and many scenes seem to be shot only for the mood but are not functional at all. However the cinematography is great.
The plot could've been much better,anyhow Al Pacino's acting destroyed the twisted parts of it,'cause the character has much more depth than what we see on the screen by Pacino.
The idea of the plot was to make you somehow relate the two characters of De Niro and Pacino to each other;But Al Pacino's acting has ruined it all...
The one and only positive point about this movie is Robert De Niro's acting,though even that doesn't make this movie a "Good One"!
It's the cinematic equivalent of internet click-bait. A cast you can't resist and then when you click on it cinematography that captivating.
My advice to all: Since you can stream it for free, watch Al Pacino over-act in his first scene. Has to be an accident, right? How could an actor with his talent over-act? Then the second scene, then the third, now it's no accident.
Now is the time to turn it off, before you find out the script is one cliché after another interspersed with unlikely coincidences and illogical action.
The worst should have been the best - De Niro and Pacino in their one scene together, sitting across a table having coffee, both dead as cold bacon, mouthing cliché after cliché.