When Al Pacino and Robert De Niro square off, Heat sizzles. Written and directed by Michael Mann, heat includes dazzling set pieces and a bank heist that USA Today's Mike Clark calls "the greatest action scene of recent times". It also offers "the most impressive collection of actors in one movie this year". Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, tom Sizemore and Ashley Judd are among the memorable supporting players in this tale of a brilliant LA cop (Pacino) following the trail from a deadly armed robbery to a crew headed by an equally brilliant master thief (De Niro).
2 of the greatest actors = great film!
- Heat review by Kazzie
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You rated this film: 4
I heard this was a great classic, and as a Pacino/De Niro fan - I felt I needed to watch this.
It was nice to see both of my fav actors in a film although the roles were unexpected. Pacino played the dedicated cop who was hunting down the leader of a clever gang of thieves.
The only slight flaw I suppose is that it was longer than it could have been - but I personally didn't mind as it kept me interested. Each character had a little story of their own along side the main concept of Thieving/chasing.... but not to the point where you get confused. Very well written and directed. The stories come together at the end.
I must mention that Val Kilmer also plays a good part. He plays the character well and also sports a very different hairstyle! Lol!
A good watch and another addition to my list of classics.
The onscreen clash of the titans in Heat overshadows the rest of the film. Michael Mann shows his customary flair for detail and action sequences but Heat is bogged down by far too much excess. A more streamlined vision would have been beneficial.
I don't think having 2 icons playing opposite one another is necessarily a great plan. It doesn't double the intensity, probably because the chemistry is not appreciable. However the bank robbing scene is awesome. A shoot out between cops and robbers has never been done better. For this scene alone it must be watched. There are however a lot of domestic scenes of very questionable entertainment merit. Tense husbands rowing with bored, undervalued wives, even when one couple are apparently compared with another is just poor cinema. I did not think the use of '90s LA legalese slang added to the atmosphere only adding to the confusion.