Saturday, July 31, 2010


Directed by Nimród Antal
Starring Columbus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Amaury Nolasco, Skeet Ulrich, Milo Ventimiglia, Fred Ward

I read a review somewhere where it said that Armored was like Die Hard on wheels. That's not true. Die Hard is one of the most glorious action classics of all time with it's beautiful photography, music, career making performances and an class-A direction by John McTiernan. Armored has a brief chase sequence and a few gunshots.

Ty Hackett (Short) is a security guard working for the armored transport division. He's broke and he's about to lose the house he and his trobled younger brother occupy. Along comes a plan by his co-workers to pull of a heist themselves and blame it on made up criminals. The plan goes wrong and as Ty's conscience starts to knock he finds himself in danger among his devoted colleagues.

This movie is by the numbers from start to finish. The action is flat, the characters are irrelevant and the script offers literally nothing new. What surprises me personally is how they got such an ensamble cast to show up for this standard paycheck. The mystery is solved once you observe the performances which are mostly phoned in. It's not a complete disaster but the lack of passion is clearly evident.

If director Antal got his next job Predators (2010) on the count of this.. well, I've heard it's quite good, but whoever took the leap of faith on him, did so with balls matching those of Indiana Jones himself at the end of Last Crusade.

Armored on erittäin orjallisesti kliseitä seuraava toimintaleffa, jonka toimintakohtauksetkaan eivät oikein vakuuta. Koko leffa haiskahtaa väkisin väännetyltä välityöltä.

Armored at IMDb