The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
Released in 1995 and directed by Michael Mann, Heat is a cat and mouse crime drama about veteran detective Vincent Hanna, played by Al Pacino, as he attempts to track down and apprehend Neil McCauley, a professional thief, played by Robert De Niro.
Heat is the first film in which Robert De Niro and Al Pacino appear on screen together, despite both actors starring in the 1974 film, 'The Godfather, Part II'.
"M.O... is that they're good. Once it escalated into a murder-one beef for all of 'em, after they killed the first two guards, they didn't hesitate. Popped guard number three because.. what difference does it make? Why leave a living witness? Drop of a hat, these guys will rock-and-roll."
Heat is about the both sides of a conflict between Cops and Robbers. Neil McCauley is a professional thief whose credo is to sever any ties that can't be dropped in 30 seconds. Him and his crew do a job robbing an armored car that ends in a triple homicide. Vincent Hanna, part of the Robbery-Homicide division, starts tracking McCauley. Neil starts making designs on a bank robbery that will be his last job. The bank robbery itself goes flawlessly but the cops were tipped off about it. So the two groups clash right outside the bank leaving bullets and bodies in their wake. Neil escapes with what's left of his crew.
It all culminates to Neil going to a hotel to execute Waingro. He finishes him off and on his way back to his car gets seen by Vincent. Vincent chases Neil to a nearby power station at the air port. The two face off in the dark. Eventually Neil gets shot by Vincent in his attempt to use the run way lights as a blinding tool. As Neil lays dying, Vincent hangs over him sharing his last moments.
Heat begins with Neil McCauley stealing an ambulance and donning a paramedic uniform. The scene shifts over to Chris Shiherlis purchasing some explosives from a construction yard. It cuts away to Waingro wanting a refill on his coffee from a roadside fast food establishment. A green truck pulls up so he leaves without the refill. He gets in on the passenger side and talks to the driver, Michael Cheritto. Waingro talks about how he is new but looks forward to more jobs if this goes well. Michael tells him to shut up. The shifts over to Trejo talking to Neil via citizen band. He tells Neil that the armored car is leaving on schedule. Chris is seen in another ambulance wearing a uniform as well.
They put on hockey masks and box in the armored car underneath the freeway. The green truck rams into the armored car knocking it over into some cars. They quickly get out and set an explosive on the back door of the armored car. Meanwhile inside they radio for help. The crew start their 3 minute timer, before police response, and blow open the door. The explosion sends a shock wave that bursts the windows of nearby cars. They set up spike strip in their choke point and round up the guards. One member goes inside looking for specific bonds. Waingro holds a pistol over the guards. He tries to herd the guard on the right to no avail. Michael calls him slick and tells him that they can't hear him. They finish the job and are about to leave when Waingro shoots the guard. The guard in the middle goes for his ankle piece and gets shot. The guard on the left has a few uncomfortable moments before being double tapped in the chest. Once on the ground he gets a bullet to the head. They escape via an ambulance. Shortly after a few patrol cars run over the spike trap blowing out their tires. The crew torches the ambulance of evidence and gets into their getaway car.
At Vincent Hanna's house he has sex with his wife, Justine Hanna. Later he leaves without breakfast because of his job at Robbery-Homicide. His step daughter Lauren Gustafson has a small breakdown while getting ready to see her dad.
After successfully making off with the bonds Neil meets with his fence, Nate. He tells Neil that they should sell the bonds back Roger Van Zant. Most likely he would have insured the bonds and buying them back for less than their value would still be a deal. He also mentions that there is another job available. Neil is hesitant until a rough figure is mentioned. Afterwords Neil meets up with his gang at a diner. Waingro is the only one eating at the table. Neil slams Waingro's face into the table and then proceeds to take him outside. He attempts to kill him but gets distracted by a passing patrol car so Waingro slips away.
Vincent makes it to the scene of the armored truck robbery. From the clues he puts together the order and how the guards died. Also he mentions how professional the group is and how they didn't hesitate with firing. He talks to their only witness, a nearby homeless man, that mentions that one of the robbers called one others slick. With virtually no other leads he tells his team to talk to all their informants. So the next morning Vincent and Sergeant Drucker go to Vincent's informant at a scrap yard. He tells Albert Torena, the informant, that he's disappointed he hasn't called back. So Vincent pressures Albert until he concedes that he will wait for Vincent with his brother Richard in Koreatown at 2am. At the appointed time and place Richard tries to negotiate with Vincent. Vincent hears his terms but won't help until he hears the information. The information is about Michael, that he's an action junkie and is suddenly says he's up to nothing. At first it seems unrelated until Richard mentions that his former cell mate calls people slick. Later Vincent coerces Alan Marciano to help them because he is having an affair with Chris's wife Charlene. So Vincent starts tracking Michael and Chris until pay dirt.
Neil meets up with Kelso. The man with the job of a bank heist. He gives all the pertinent details about the job like the when, and how. He tells Neil that he grabbed all the information out of the sky with his satellite dish. Then Neil calls Van Zant and sets up a meeting for the bonds. The meeting takes place at a drive-in during the day. Neil begins the exchange with the supposed lone man in his vehicle as an assassin sneaks out of the bed of the truck. Chris tips Neil off since he had the vantage point with a rifle. Neil crushes the assassin with the truck and the driver makes a getaway. Michael is waiting outside the gate and shoots the driver. They look inside of the bag, that was supposed to have money, find that scrap paper is inside. Neil calls up Van Zant and tells him that he's talking to a dead man.
The crew and Neil break into a precious metals repository. Vincent and a SWAT team watch them with infrared imaging. Neil waits outside while Chris works on the safe. Neil gets suspicious and calls off the job. They escape while the SWAT team moves to arrest them. Vincent gets them to back off since all they could pin on them is breaking and entering. Afterwords Neil calls for information blackout since the cops are following them.