Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Brink's Job Review

The Brink's Job is a 1978 crime-comedy film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk and Peter Boyle. The film is based on the book Big Stick-Up at Brinks written by Noel Behn and the real-life Great Brink's Robbery which took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950. While the film features some very strong performances by its entire cast, as well as some very nice direction by Friedkin, it doesn't seem to really be that memorable of a movie and fails to deliver on some very important levels.

Not that this is a bad film by any means, but it just isn't as strong as other heist or caper movies out there. One thing that bothered me the most about it was the script. The pacing didn't seem to be very good and everything just seemed stretched. It was a simple caper story that may have worked better if it wasn't so warm and light hearted. I think that the script could have definitely used some rework before filming began. Some things just didn't seem to fit, and some things seemed to be missing. 

All in all, The Brink's Job is a film that left me with mixed reactions. It was alright, but I feel like it could have been great. Especially with the amount of talent that was involved with it. The film is definitely worth a watch to fans of heist films, but they should just keep in mind that this one is just a little bit different. I think that the greatest feature that the film has to offer is the stylish and sublime performance by Peter Falk. He gives us a very unique portrayal of a thief that would have been nearly impossible to match by any other actor.

Overall Rating: 3/5

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