Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Sometimes a movie comes along that is so bad that even when you know it's going to be a bad movie you're disappointed in how bad it is.  I knew from the previews that Armored would be an over-the-top shoot-em-up, but I thought the presence of Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, and Matt Dillon might raise the level a little.  It's not that their performances were that bad, or that the special effects were bad, but the overall dumbness level was too high.

The movie focuses on a crew who works for an armored truck service who devises a fool-proof plan to steal $42 million from the company and get away with it.  Of course we know that if the plan were really fool-proof, there would be no movie.  When things begin to go awry, the thieves turn on each other, and everything spirals out of control.  Dumbness on top of dumbness.
You have to admire some of the efforts here.  The chase scene with armored cars flying around the abandoned factory must have been quite a feat.  But wild, choreographed action sequences don't make up for a groan-inducing story and predictable plot.  You've been warned: if you choose to waste your time with this one, don't blame me.

Bottom line, 1 star.

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