A Bang of surprisingly fresh filmaking (by Quinoa1984)
The Score is a movie that holds many elements together that makes is a highly watchable and ultimately suspensful crime movie. These elements are the cast, which has 3 of the finest American actors to ever grace the screen- Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Don Vito Corleone himself, Marlon Brando. Also though another elements is from director Frank Oz, who is a household name at least for me by being a muppeteer since 1963 and has also directed some hits Bowfinger, What About Bob and misses In and Out, Stepsitter . Now he tackles his first crime drama, and he does it exceptionally well <more>
in holding the suspense in a way that will hold it all together, unlike some thrillers that always pop up suspense and by the time the end comes your tired out from it all. While The Score holds a couple of things also that keep it from greatness Angela Basset's character isn't really needed for DeNiro's motivations and also the trailer revealed too much of the movie so that the movie had to try extra hard to be thrilling , it also holds controlled and outstanding performances and crackerjack suspense throughout. One of the few real must-see movies of the summer. A
Now undoubtedly Edward Norton is a strong lead and character actor, but he and DeNiro with the support of Marlon Brando, score big-time in this tale of thievery. I was kind o shocked at Norton playing a handy-capped young man in this as well as he pulled it off. He just stole the show in the midst of the plot too! It was a treat to see Brando and DeNiro sitting talking it out at the bar in the middle of town. The story was an exciting setting-up of a heist that these men are all about. This is their line. On top of the style of the story overall I loved the fact that DeNiro's character <more>
owned a jazz lounge club and had a townhouse above it. That would be my favorite type of living arrangement. The deception that Norton's man brought was building for a long time at his job and he being the inside man was looking at being recognized the fastest and overall he was the one that worked in the company not the other men in his crew. So he was the one with his neck on the chopping block if authorities put two and two together. This is a great story that has style and a sharp twist together.I would say, you don't even have to love Edward Norton's work or DeNiro or Brando, for this to be a nice addition to any home collection. Recommended Highly *****
Excellent plot, excellent actors and excellent ending. I love this movie from start to finish - Ed Norton was terrific as always and Robert De Niro was his usual outstanding self. Don't quite follow the reviews that said this movie was "boring". Sorry, there's no non-stop explosions or car chases, just plain old excellence.
Mastering suspense without violence (by trobster)
I found The Score a very rare treat in the era of Kill Bill 2 and Die Hard 9. In The Score there is plenty of suspense but very little violence. If I explain this too much, I will spoil. Except for lots of swear words, this is clearly PG-13, and provides a strong lesson in how to craft an action movie without a lot of explosions and gunfights. Plus: three generations of Method actors is a real treat, with Brando playful and seemingly content, DeNiro cool beyond cool, and Norton riffing away the whole movie. [Regarding DeNiro: what's cooler than a managing a sleek jazz club, in b sleek <more>
Montreal, with c Angela Bassett as your sleek flight attendant girlfriend?!] Rent it soon >> it's a sleeper.
The Score is an above average heist movie focused on a master thief Robert DeNiro who accepts a job which forces him to take on a partner Edward Norton and break all of his own rules of doing business for the possibility of a big payoff. Both of the leads are very convincing in their roles, particularly Edward Norton, who really plays two completely different roles here. Bringing them together is Max, well played by Marlon Brando, in what can be considered a cameo role. Once the caper begins, the tension builds steadily and the plot twists begin, leading to a very satisfying climax. The <more>
jazz-inspired score fits the movie well and is reminiscent of those from the great 70's caper flicks. The film's only flaw is the slow-moving romantic-interest plot, which really isn't necessary anyway. It would have been more effective the filmmakers had focused more on the planning and execution of the heist in even more detail and found another way to frame the film perhaps using the Brando character , but all in all this is a very good Heist movie with a rich payoff ending. It is a fabulous looking movie as well, with noir-ish, rich, dark tones. An old fashioned caper, carefully made, this is what going to the movies is all about, or should be.
The Score takes the age-old one-last-heist premise and makes it good again. (by Anonymous_Maxine)
Edward Norton is one of the best actors working today, and Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando are among the best film actors in history, so it is to be expected that a good film would result from a combined effort from all three of them. DeNiro plays Nick, a veteran break-in artist who is forced to do one last score before his plan to fade into blissfully obscure retirement with his clichéd girlfriend, and who doesn't like the entire set-up from the beginning. Norton plays the characters of Jack the man who investigated and set-up the heist from the beginning and Brian the man who works <more>
as a janitor at the building where the priceless scepter is kept, and who pretends to be mentally challenged to avoid drawing attention to himself . You can't help comparing these performances to his similar roles as Aaron and Roy in Primal Fear, which was Norton's second best performance ever, second only to his role as Derek Vineyard in American History X and followed closely by his Jack in Fight Club. Marlon Brando is back to remind the world of what a gigantic, gigantic man he has become. He plays the role of Max, the aging crime lord who has become wealthy and powerful enough so that he can preside over break-ins and take a cut of the final profit without doing any of the actual breaking and entering. The film follows the set-up and the execution of the heist, in which the three men plot to steal a French national treasure, and the plot becomes necessarily thicker as the movie goes on. It is a sign of skillful filmmaking when a two-hour film spends the vast majority of its screen time setting up a heist that we don't see until very late into the film, and it still manages to move along briskly and keep the audience's attention. spoilers The heist itself is particularly well done, with several new difficulties coming up even as the heist is in progress they've already had to deal with the sudden addition of motion detectors and cameras in the basement, after it was finally discovered how valuable that thing is that they found in the leg of the termite-infested piano , including new revelations about the characters themselves. There is a scene where Jack leaves Nick hanging upside down from the ceiling in the basement, and there is really no apparent reason for him to have done this other than to let us know that Nick seems to have some questionable intentions. The heist itself is obviously the most exciting portion of the film, and the tension escalates more and more with every passing minute. First we are on the edge of our seat because Jack is downstairs, turning cameras on and off for Nick, while we know that his janitor friend Danny is waiting for him upstairs, growing increasingly suspicious. Then Danny comes looking for him, and Jack locks him in a basement room, leaving the rest of the night crew to grow suspicious about both of them. The point of no return was passed a long time ago, and it seems at several points that something is going to go horribly wrong and force them to abort the entire thing, but we know that it's too late for them to be able to do that. The film's finale is truly respectable in that it avoids the traditional high action and manipulative shootouts, and we get a great twist involving Jack and Nick.Nick assumingly goes off into the sunset with his girlfriend, who is played by the under-used Angela Bassett, and everyone lives happily ever after except for Jack, now the subject of a massive manhunt, and Max, who presumably gets nothing from the whole deal. We know that this is a focused action film, even if only from the fact that no one in the film has a last name, but it manages to have an interesting and involved plot with several colorful characters, and an ending that is not exactly original but is made to work very well. Good action, good performances, good direction, and an excellent script make this an action film to remember.
A robber, Nick Robert De Niro wants to retire and marry his girlfriend Angela Bassett . But a friend of his Max Marlon Brando convinces him to do one last job with young brash Jackie Edward Norton . Naturally something goes wrong. Nothing new or inventive here but very well-done and engrossing. Also it's a pleasure to see three exceptional actors doing good work and enjoying themselves especially Brando . Only complaint--Bassett another great actor is completely wasted. Worth catching. Also, it needs to be seen on a wide screen--director Frank Oz uses the whole screen inventively <more>
Modern Crime Movie Where Acting Takes Precedence Over Action (by ccthemovieman-1)
Excellent acting is the attraction in this low-key heist movie, which only gets into high gear in the last 30 minutes of the two hours, and features some nice twists. Otherwise, it's a bit talky with a few lulls.However, I still found it interesting thanks to Edward Norton's superb acting. His character, "Jack Teller" was very intriguing. Robert De Niro, as "Nick Wells" also was good to watch. De Niro rarely is boring. The third major player here is the even-more famous Marlon Brando, who only is referred to as "Max." This certainly isn't one of his <more>
more appealing roles but then, how many did he play since the '60s anyway? He - like Norton and De Niro - always grabs your attention regardless of the role, too.Set in Canada, there were great shots of Montreal in this film, and a sharp DVD picture to show off the city. For those looking for a lot of action, skip this, but for those who are more interested in great acting, check this movie out.
Perhaps not exceptionally original, but brought in a very decent way. (by philip_vanderveken)
Roughly spoken, there are three genres of movies that I love most: war movies, gangster movies and thrillers including heist and crime movies . Next to that I also try to see as many movies possible with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino or Edward Norton in it, so when I came along this movie, I just had to see it...'The Score' is about Nick Wells De Niro , who decides it is about time to give up his career as professional criminal, since he nearly got caught on his last job. All he wants now is to live with his girlfriend and to manage his jazz club. But than his good friend Max Marlon <more>
Brando comes along with a deal so tempting that he can't possible refuse. He'll have to steal a priceless French scepter that has been discovered while being smuggled into the country in the leg of a piano. The only problem is that it is being kept in the Montreal Customs House, and that it soon will be returned to France. But Max has one of his men inside the Customs House, the young and talented, but also aggressive thief Jackie Teller Edward Norton . If they succeed they will never have financial problems in their entire live, but they don't know each other and don't know if they can trust each other...Some call this movie a heist movie like there have been many more before. They say there is nothing exceptional about it. Well, I disagree with that. I admit that the story is far from original, but the good acting and the way it was brought make up a lot. I can understand that many people expected something else, but personally I can only say that I really enjoyed this movie. Perhaps it is because I'm a fan of this kind of movies and because I almost always like the actors that played a mayor role in this movie. It doesn't matter what made me like this movie, I just did and I even give it an 8.5/10. A rating which I don't give very often.