IT ISN’T LOVE THAT MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND.
New York City veteran robber/con artist Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) and his crew are hired to do one last hit, this time against an airplane that carries gold. It is kind of hard to separate this film from that same year’s The Score; they’re equally good, but this one has the Mametspeak. The dialogue is fast and witty; no one talks like this in real life, but listening to it is fun. Hackman comes with a natural authority, but Rebecca Pidgeon and Danny DeVito are also good, delivering their lines with gusto. It’s all quite enjoyable, but surely David Mamet could have come up with something a bit more original?
2001-U.S. 107 min. Written and directed by David Mamet. Cast: Gene Hackman (Joe Moore), Danny DeVito (Mickey Bergman), Delroy Lindo (Bobby Blane), Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay… Patti LuPone.