Chris P's: "Grand Heists" Collection


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This playlist depicts some of the best robberies ever filmed.

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1
Ocean's Eleven 2001,  PG-13)
2
The Sting 1973,  PG)
3
The Thomas Crown Affair 1968,  R)
4
Heat 1995,  R)
5
The Town 2010,  R)
6
Public Enemies 2009,  R)
7
Point Break 1991,  R)
8
Mission: Impossible 1996,  PG-13)
9
Inception 2010,  PG-13)
Inception
The Heist of the Millennium...

"Inception" director Christopher Nolan is in a league of his own when it comes to storytelling. His new film is his most complicated, most intriguing, most dynamic, and most original piece of film-work to date. He takes the audience on a journey through a vision, within a vision, within that very same vision, and dives even layers deeper.
"Inception" stars the always reliable Leonard DiCaprio as Cobb, a master dream thief who is hired to achieve a feat called Inception, which is the act of planting an idea in one's head through his/her dreams. What results is a literal battle of minds. I won't give anymore details away about the plot of this film. The impact of the film is lessened the more you know about it going into it. I made sure to stay away from as many trailers as possible before seeing this film. You should too.
The plot of this film is as complex as it is intelligent. So is the script and Nolan's visions of the dream worlds he creates. Dreams are a fascinating subject and this maybe the best movie ever made about dreams. It acts a fascinating piece about the human psyche. The movie develops similarly as Nolan's previous film "Memento" does at certain points and it has the epic feel of his previous blockbuster hit, "The Dark Knight". "Inception" may not be as entertaining as "Memento" or "The Dark Knight", but it is easily the best movie to have come out since "The Hurt Locker". It is the best heist movie since Michael Mann's "Heat". It probably will earn the title as the best movie of the year in my opinion.
Leonardo DiCaprio leads a huge cast of actors through this new age heist tale. He really doesn't bring much to the film in terms of his acting ability, but you don't mind him being the focal point of story. His performance is a more serious carbon copy of his previous performance in "Body of Lies". DiCaprio is a familiar face, we have taken a huge journey with him before in "Titanic" so we feel comfortable taking a new journey with him through this land of dreaming. I'm sure Nolan cast him to bring in a more "safe" performance to navigate through his masterpiece, though it leaves you wondering what a Robert Downey Jr. or a Tom Cruise or a Will Smith would have done with this role. I'm not knocking Leo, but he didn't take a single risk with his performance. He spends most of his performance explaining things and very little acting.
Behind Leo is a strong cast including Marion Cotlliard, Ellen Page, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, and an intriguing performance by the film's anti-villain, played by the wonderful Ken Wantanabe. They all add to the film's wonderful mystique. There is also a special cameo by Tom Beringer and Michael Cane who ground the film amidst all of the chaos.
The film looks superb. It shows how 2D is still and will always be the best way to show/tell a story. There is very little CGI used in this film (a huge relief) and a supremely talented stunt team that stands behind the director. Though I wish the film was slightly edited better as its closing action scenes drug along at some parts (when you get to the snow sequences you will understand).
"Inception" is truly a vision like no other. It is a film that defines why we love to watch movies so much. An original idea that leaves us thinking about the movie after we finish watching it. It will make my list as one the top 100 films ever made. As stated before it is the best heist movie since "Heat" and one of the best movies of the millennium. It is also one of the best times I had at the movies. See this masterpiece and enjoy the interesting dream you surely will have after seeing this movie.
10
Ocean's Thirteen 2007,  PG-13)

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