Keanu Reeves stars in this so so heist/comedy movie as an everyman who returns from his night job one morning, and agrees to join an acquaintance in a baseball game as a susbsitute for another guy. Tough luck. The game turns out to be nonexistent. Instead, poor Henry ends up the accidental wheelman in a bank robbery that lands him in prison, where he shares a cozy cell with a conman named Max (James Caan in a funny role). After his release three years later, Henry reasons that he might as well go out and rob the bank, tunneling in from the theatre next door. He recruits his former cell mate for help, and they insinuate themselves into the Chekhov production as they try to re-open the tunnel and rob the vault from underneath.
The Good: There’s pleasure to be found in the offbeatness of this comedy. It obviously doesn’t take itself too seriously, and everyone seems to be having a good time (especially Caan who is amusing for really not caring if he goes back to prison or not).
The Bad: Keanu Reeves’s dedicated underplaying of his role is part of a larger problem with the movie. It doesn’t really know when to play it serious and when not to. It sort of bounces back in forth, but never really succeeds in being any of the above. Plus, if the heist portion of the film had been any good, “Henry’s Crime” might have worked. But the whole robbery scenes are so lame and unconvincing, that I found myself bored out of my mind. No offense to the cast, as they give it their best.
The Verdict: James Caan aside (I love that guy), there’s not much to discuss here. It’s not really that bad, but it’s hopelessly mediocre and extremely dull at times. It might not be a bad idea to watch it on TV one night if there’s nothing else playing, but a good movie it is not.
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