Movie Stats & Links
||Robert De Niro,
Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett
||Not enough action for them.
||It's pretty much a guy drama -
it's your call.
||There could have been more.
||A chuckle or two as De Niro and
Norton trade quipps.
||How Nick (De Niro) gets the safe
||"I'm on the phone
bitch!" - Our computer guru to his mom.
||Gary Foster, Lee
I know a lot of other critics will love "The
Score," and yes, great acting by three generations of different
actors is a plus in a movie, but great acting does not make a story
great and that was the problem I had with "The Score" Ė
the story just became too predictable.
A Movie Review
Picture this trio of actors: Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and
Edward Norton. Brando and De Diro have already made their respective
marks as great actors, and Edward Norton is coming into a superb
reputation with his performances in the likes of
History X" and "Fight Club" to name a few. Can this
trio form a chemistry, will egos get in the way, and can they let
each other not over-power a movie? Well, in "The Score"
they do a good job in their respective roles, but how could you ever
be surprised in a movie about a robbery where there was only one
neat twist that you might not have seen coming, but the rest of the
movie is riddled with predictability and a wonder why Angela Bassett
is even in the movie.
The story kind of goes like this: De Niro plays Nick. Heís an
aging thief who owns a jazz club in Montreal for cover and
stability. Like every other aging thief weíve ever seen in a
movie, well, Nick wants to get out of the business, maybe then the
love of his life will spend the rest of his life with him, but, how
does that line go, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me
back in," or at least something like that. Brando is Max, the
set-up man, meaning he finds the thing to get stolen, i.e. jewelry,
art, etc, that he can sell, gets Nick to steal it, and gives Nick a
cut. Well, Max has found the mother of all things to steal Ė a
historic scepter being kept in the Montreal customs building. The
scepter is priceless although the Montreal dopes donít know its
worth yet. Well, Jack (Norton), has been casing the customs building
posing as a disabled janitor, and Max knows that the scepter can
only been stolen if the two of them team together. The catch Ė Nick
hates teaming together and also knows better than to steal things in
the town you live in.
Well, eventually Jack convinces Nick that the job can be done and
we get to see the two of them work out the details on the heist. And
for this review Iíll leave the story at that, although I suppose I
could give the rest of it away because most of it was predictable,
especially the ending, but, Iíll be nice this time and leave the
It was just too bad for me that these three guys get wasted in
this story. Brando is in that role almost similar to the likes of
"The Godfather," being the man ultimately pulling the
strings, calmly twisting Jack and Nick into the necessity of getting
this job done. Then youíve got De Niro in a role as the trained
professional. He knows how to get the job done, he knows when things
are getting a little too hairy, and he knows that ultimately he has
to watch his back. And then youíve got Norton as the youngster,
still wet behind the ears, kinda arrogant, with another agenda, and
sometimes flying by the seat of his pants rather than being cool.
And these guys all do their jobs well, but as much as I liked their
acting I couldnít help but keep watching the story and going
"Iíll bet this happens next." Unfortunately, other than
my wondering how Nick was actually going to get the safe open and
being pleasantly surprised at his ingenuity (although even that was
hinted at earlier), it was really easy to see what was going to
Iím not saying that we need to totally shock people in
heist-style movies, but someone needs to write a screenplay where
three great actors like Norton, De Niro, and Brando can use their
talents in an original way.
Iíll give "The Score" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5, and mostly
only because of our trio of actors. Anyone else and the movie
probably would have really sucked, but if you desire to see three
different acting styles by three of the dudes who can do them best,
go to "The Score." Otherwise wait for video or cable and
just enjoy a night on the couch.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!