I get into movie discussions frequently enough to say that about a couple of times a year, I find myself trying to keep a straight face when some “film buff” has the balls to bring up the 1995 film “Heat”. Here are some of the micro-blog reviews I’ve heard of this over-hyped gem:
“Come on. Pacino. DeNiro. What could be better, right?”
“A film for the ages. Michael Mann painted a three hour masterpiece.”
“Two masters of the craft, battling wits for cinematic glory.”
WTF. Put away the Jergen’s and get a grip. These idiotic statements are usually put forth from the guy who’s at a social gathering and wants to impress his date or a small time movie reviewer that wants to play it safe and go with the flow.
It’s like saying “Stairway to Heaven” is the greatest song of all time. Do you really feel that way, or are you just letting the general public pick your all time favorite for you? Hmm? HMMMM? The truth is I’ve watched “Heat” almost twice. The second time was to give it a fair chance to redeem itself. I made it approximately 45 minutes.
You really want to hear a truly fresh opinion about this overrated mess? Fine. Pacino and DeNiro play a great Pacino and DeNiro in the movie. They aren’t stretching, and it’s really just more of the same from these guys. Michael Mann wants to portray a vibe, and that’s where it all comes apart. It isn’t that the characters aren’t well explored, they just come out pancake flat, and provoke no emotion. They are cardboard cut outs in a beige painted world. That’s a bad mix in film. This movie has always been about DeNIRO V. PACINO! Inside a steel cage, with no time limit! It’s not a movie, it’s a Don King promotion, that disappoints like most heavyweight battles.
For those of you that want Pacino in a bank robbery movie, go rent “Dog Day Afternoon”. Stop peddling the crap like “Heat” that makes all the zombies nod their head in unison and say “UHHhhhhggg. Goooood movie.” No, it’s a bad movie…that had an excellent promotions team.