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|Not So Much a Caper
as a Stately Waltz
Dir. Frank Oz,
with Robert DeNiro
and Marlon Brando
| I gave this two stars; i'd give it only one (which
is all the script and direction really deserve), but anything that has DeNiro
and Brando just breathing on the screen simultaneously is better than
But it's slow and it's dumb and it's a total waste of time. I find it hard
to believe that baby celluloids died to make this film possible.
The script and the direction by the usually-reliable Frank Oz never manage
to generate any significant amount of suspense or heat, and several technical
details of the overall plot are ludicrous. Ed Norton as the
potentially-treacherous partner is ridiculous and a bit offensive in his
impersonation (to penetrate the targeted facility) of someone suffering some
form of brain damage. Brando might as well not be there at all and DeNiro
has phoned in a performance that is so monotone no particular part of it
stands out as offensive or interesting.
Almost the only interesting parts of the film are the details of safecracking;
and you can see more of that, with better stories wrapped around it, in
Breaking In or
A total waste of time.