On the sunny and seemingly ordinary Friday of January 13, 2006, the bohemian martial-arts instructor, Fernando Araujo, and his hand-picked four-member crew stormed into the branch of Banco Río in the affluent neighbourhood of Acassuso, Buenos Aires. As the thieves work fast, emptying dozens of safety deposit boxes crammed with millions of dollars, precious jewellery, and heavy gold bullion bars, the chief negotiator, Miguel Sileo, and his armed-to-the-teeth men encircle the silent two-storey building, in the aftermath of the bloody Villa Ramallo robbery. Now, five determined bank thieves along with twenty-three helpless hostages find themselves trapped in the building. Will the audacious robbers get away with the heist of the century?Written by
In the real heist, when the special forces team finally stormed the bank, the seven bandits watched it live on TV while counting cash and eating pizza. Or at least they thought it was live. TV stations covered the operation on a 30-minute delay, because they assumed the gang would be watching from inside the bank and didn't want to tip them off that a raid was coming. They figured they would trick the thieves. See more »
Argie bank heist - comedy & crime translate over well...
This is one of the few Argentinian movies I've ever watched, so I'm not exactly aware of the overall quality of their output. Anyhow, this film is a surprisingly high quality Hollywood quality film, shot wonderfully with plenty of action camera work that would not feel out of place in a (low-key) summer blockbuster.
This film is a throwback to films I can remember stemming from the 70s & 80s, of a bank heist. It isn't Ocean's 11/12/13 etc but really imagine if your mad but smart left-field uncle decided to concoct a crazy plan with his mates to rob a bank and you get the gist. The film does comedy & crime well together.
This film is based on a true story (but admits to taking some liberties), and that is its strength & weakness. As it's based on fact, it's uncomfortable the way it pans out, as you are meant to be fully empathise with the team, and there is no moral or Robin Hood aspect to any of them despite comments in the movie of the like. I'm sure those who were affected by the bank robbery didn't see the funny side. This is no Dog Day Afternoon (probably the best in the genre).
It's a fine movie, and I loved the actors as much as the comedy which surprisingly translated well across the subtitles. It's a good evening movie, and one you'll enjoy but in some ways still leaves an unwanted taste in the mouth. If you can get past that, then you'll enjoy it even more than I ever will.
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