Saturday, January 30, 2010

Top 100 movies of the '90s: #9

9. Heat, 1995
Dir: Michael Mann
Cast: Robert Deniro, Al Pacino

It took awhile for it to sink in, but after viewing this movie about five or six times in the past few years, I feel that it's safe to say that this is one of the ten best movies of the '90s. I feel no qualms about that, none whatsoever. This film is really a brilliant cat-and-mouse game; a film that is just as much about the criminals as it is about the cops. The cops carefully try to retrace the criminal's steps while the criminals carefully try to dodge being caught by the cops.

Of course, each side has a leader that happens to be played by two of the best actors in their generation: Pacino and Deniro. Both of them are at their vintage best. Al Pacino playing a very tough, very smart cop; Robert Deniro played the bad criminal. I don't know what's so appealing about Robert Deniro, even when he plays a bad guy, but he just has such a commanding on-screen appearance that it's a joy to watch him work his magic. This all culminates to the classic scene in the middle of the movie where the cop and criminal meet for a cup of coffee. Why do they do this? To me, it's like they're taking a break from playing this "game" and are just sharing each other's philosophies on life.

But that just adds to this film's greatness. This is really Michael Mann at his absolute best. There is the iconic and influential shootout and heist sequences as well as the classic lines: "She's got a... GREAT ASS and you have your HEAD ALL THE WAY UP IT!"

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