Henry's Crime is a feel good film. I loved it. (by TCProd)
I didn't know what to expect when I saw the film first at the Toronto Film Festival. But I was very surprised to see Keanu Reeves in a non action special effects film. Henry's Crime is a perfect role for Reeves. I was also blown away by James Caan and Vera Farmiga. Both give standout performances worth of wards.The film is a funny heist story with a twist of romantic comedy. It doesn't go over the top, but it is a fun ride and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy at the end. Not quite a chick flick, but a good date movie as both men and women will appreciate the cast and the <more>
storyline. Other great cast mentions are Fisher Stevens as a conniving partner in crime and Bill Duke as a helpful security guard.The script is clever and the music is eclectic. I can't see anyone not enjoying the fun and funny film. Highly recommended!
I saw this film on it's opening night and very much enjoyed it. The plot and its' details were original in a sense, and the casting was perfect. Keanu's character 'Henry' was quiet and thoughtful, one of those people who seems shy but is mostly pensive. Which is refreshing in a sense that each time he speaks, you know it's something of substance. His chemistry with Vera is perfectly suited and humorous. And of course, with James Caan's con character thrown into the mix, the audience is in for a treat. The film is well outlined and easy to follow, yet interesting <more>
and suspenseful at times. I'd highly recommend going to see it.
Take it or leave it, this guy is on top of the game. (by TheMara61)
One bet I have loosed towards my friends: Keanu Reeves can do comedy gender. One big surprise, he can laugh again, the very one KR that asked us to measure happiness, so he can know for him if he has the right percent to be the happy man without a smile everybody needs... OK, enough of that. The plot is all right, even ingenious. The synopsis step hooked me Wow An ex-unjustified convict that has served his unjustified time chooses to be a real con? Cool. Comedy is the best way to make that way an educational way. We do not want unjustified cons, turning to real cons as an example for our <more>
kids. Keanu Reeves chooses to do Indies. Cool and risky, yet I'd like to be is his Indies shoes. Yes, he is not anymore the stubborn swat man from Speed, not the Devil's prefer ate son, not the naive Neo, not the romantic kisser from the Lake House, not the righteous Constantine we know, not the man that is in shape looking 45 in Street Kings, not 20 as we use to consider him. I always wandered. Why people do not like this superstar, so obviously a perfect example of modest billionaire human being? The most probable answer is that he is handsome and talented, probably one can be talented versus handsome and the other way, no both ways, no way. In addition, we expect that all our stars look happy, smiley like Barbie and Ken do. Therefore, my answer is that. Take it or leave it, this guy is on top of the game.
I went to see this movie yesterday and I have been positively surprised. Keanu Reeves has given a great performance as Henry, the main character. The chemistry between Reeves and his counterparts Vera Farmiga and James Caan was really good and palpable. The story was convincing, well written and from start to finish I actually believed in what was happening on the screen. Vera Farmiga, who plays the female lead character, is superb, credible and bitter enough to give convincing diva acting in the Checov's Cherry orchard play, which is crucial for the dynamic development of the movie <more>
itself.I left the theatre thinking I wanted to see it again. Highly recommended.
This isn't really a think piece although describing its structure makes it sound like one. Both Keanu Reeves and James Caan's careers have been on life support for a while but they both had a lot to work with here and they came through. Vera Farminga is now at the top of my list of favorite actresses. She is one strong capable woman and that comes flying out of the screen.The film which moves from one layer to the next, starting as an I-have-no-life-but-don't-know-it tragedy, to a theatrical drama which blossoms about half way through into a comedy which then plows into reality. <more>
But the plot is pretty simple: good guy decided to rob the bank he was unjustly sentenced to prison for. It's an interesting premise, but if that's all it had, it'd would only have been mediocre or average.I wrote and thanked the theater here for showing it.
Henry's Crime is about a man without a purpose caught in the middle of a thing he is blissfully and stupidly unaware of. Preposterous as it might all seem when you begin to understand what he is going to do, this film actually seizes the viewer into watching it till the end.Keanu Reeves plays Henry, the one who finally understands what life should be like, drawing on Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and its symbols and values. I guess the people who are also into theatre will appreciate the screenplay even more. While trying to give meaning to his own life, he also does so for his only <more>
true friend, Max, superbly performed by James Caan, and for an aspiring actress whom he falls for, Julie, again wonderfully rendered by Vera Farmiga. All these characters help each other in the movie and are bound together through this unexpected but appropriate association with Chekhov's play.I found myself laughing as in a real comedy a few times during the film, and I can honestly say that it is worthy of Guy Ritchie's comical gangster plans. If you liked LSTSB and Snatch, give this one a try as well. It's different, but it's also there. And Keanu is a good actor. A good actor!
A Very Different Romantic Take On The Bank Heist Genre (by AudioFileZ)
Throw out your preconceptions of bank heist films and you have a good start on "Henry's Crime". This one is a left-field success. The story isn't at all remarkable, other than it was imagined and realized. The thing that makes this flick fly is the fantastic performances. No one is acting, they're just being really low-key engaging. This makes the parts greater than the whole. You've seen some great movies with James Caan, but did you expect another now? I've sensed Keanu Reeves could use his "stiffness" to great effect if something which depended on <more>
that came along and this is it. Add some rich flavor with Vera Farmiga and a slight undercurrent of comedy and director Malcolm Venille delivers just the right end result.This bank heist film is more a comedic love story than anything And, it works. A slacker, who is actually happy married and going nowhere, becomes a witless victim of circumstance. While in prison he is told he has to have a dream or his life is meaningless. Once more circumstance intervenes and he realizes what he has longed for is the meaning life has once its shared. The trouble is that he is a bit slow to come to that realization and the dream he imagined, that being a bank robbery without violence, really isn't his dream at all. The whole thing is juxtaposed by his becoming an actor, the suitor, in Chekhov's play "The Orchard Thief". Again, low-key brilliance.This movie entertains first and foremost. It passes as if it is ten minutes due to the uniformly excellent performances of the cast. The direction gets out of the way and there isn't any need for any special effects or senseless action. It ends in the best possible way as to not try to tie up anything past the found love between two people. Simply put, entertaining low-key brilliant thus highly recommended.
Henry's Crime is about an unfulfilled man who is used as a patsy in a bank heist and is wrongly imprisoned. He figures since he did the time, he might as well do the crime and he happens upon an unusually accommodating gateway to the bank vault. Things become complicated when he is hit by a car by a local play actress and falls in love with her.I got the impression of classic Hollywood reminiscence within the romance aspect which portends to a beautiful and passionate resolution. The humor is quietly facetious and amenable but the ludicrous situations keep it from drying out. The main <more>
character Henry, played by Keanu Reeves leads an unfulfilled existence with nebulous ambitions and seemingly incurable apathy. The accidental imprisonment of his body leads inexorably to the liberation of his spirit. His mentor in prison, played by James Caan and his romance with a local play actress played by Vera Farmiga help guide him to his destined self-discovery. The movie's plot is also ingeniously juxtaposed with a play by Anton Chekhov, considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature. Eventually elements from the bank job, the play and the romance all begin to culminate into a fervent conclusion.Keanu Reeves is brilliant in his restraint and in his dexterity especially in roles where he emerges from dispassionate stoicism and opens the emotional floodgates slowly with control and precision. His style, subtle, graceful yet bold and veracious lends itself perfectly to this character.
A slow-paced but entertaining film. (by victorcastellanos77)
I've just watched this movie, and though my expectations were not very high, "Henry's Crime" surprised me in a very pleasant way. The acting is superb, starting with a sentimental Keanu Reeves, continuing with an excellent performance by Vera Farmiga, and ending with the always credible James Caan. The plot in itself is very simple, but that simplicity is an important feature of this film. Henry Reeves gets mixed up, unknowingly, in a bank robbery by an old high school buddy. After serving three years in prison, he decided to change the way he handled his life, by <more>
attempting to rob the same bank, though this time, with full intention. When casing the bank, he gets run over by Julie Farmiga , an actress working in a play in the theater next to the bank. From there on, they got to know each other, until they began a relationship. At the same time, Henry asks his former cell-mate, Max Caan , to help him out to rob the bank. The plot seems kind of unrealistic, but, in my opinion, it is not important. The real important thing is the portrayal of each character, very well done if you ask me. The writers focus on the fears, the dreams, and the feelings of each character to state how we may react in the different situations the movie presents. Though it has not the potential to win an Oscar, "Henry's Crime" is an excellent movie, entertaining, but above all, insightful, which is something not very common these days.