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Empire State (2013)

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Two childhood friends plan to rob an armored car depository. An NYPD officer stands in their way.

Director:

Dito Montiel

Writer:

Adam Mazer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Hemsworth ... Chris Potamitis
Michael Angarano ... Eddie
Dwayne Johnson ... Det. James Ransome
Paul Ben-Victor ... Tommy
Jerry Ferrara ... Jimmy the Greek
Greg Vrotsos ... Mike Dimitriu
Michael Rispoli ... Tony
Emma Roberts ... Nancy Michaelides
Nikki Reed ... Lizzette
Wayne Pére ... Williams
Craig Leydecker ... Chilewski
Shenae Grimes-Beech ... Eleni (as Shenae Grimes)
Sharon Angela ... Dina
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Spiro
Lucky Johnson ... Phil Johnson (as Kevin 'Lucky' Johnson)
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After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the EMPIRE STATE Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company's lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there - resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. History. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences. Written by Lionsgate

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His dream was became a cop, until he became a criminal. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Chris Potamitis was in real life the security guard who looked the other way, when the actual million dollar heist took place. He got 9 years in jail for his crime, but he is now a free man again. A short real life interview clip of him is featured during the end credits. It is suggested in that interview, that he is the only person who knows where the missing million dollars of the heist are. This convicted security guard now has financed (co-produced) this movie about his own heist. See more »

Goofs

Detective James Ransome is watching Chris and Eddie in the car park following the robbery, he's wearing a late model G Shock watch. G Shocks were invented in 1983 but the style of watch was square until 1990. See more »

Quotes

Chris Potamitis: [distraught] I really fucked up didn't I?
Phil JohnsonDet. James Ransome: [direct] Yes You Did!
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Connections

Featured in La noche de...: Asalto al furgón blindado (2016) See more »

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When The Fuel Runs Out
Written by Norman Harris, Allan Wayne Felder (as Allan W. Felder), Bunny Sigler & Ronald Tyson
Published by Chrysalis one Songs / BMG and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp o.b.o. itself and Golden Fleece Music Courtesy of Robbins Entertainment
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Apparently Based on a True Story
12 June 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 80's, in New York, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth) had dreamed on joining the police academy but his best friend Eddie (Michael Angarano) destroyed his dreams being caught by the police with marijuana together with him. Chris is hired by the Empire State Company to work as security guard in an armored truck with the driver Tony (Michael Rispoli). When Tony is murdered in a heist and the Empire States does not pay the insurance to the widow, Chris decides to steal money from the depository to give to her. Chris comments with Eddie, who is a lowlife and bigmouth person, the fails in the security system of the Empire State and Eddie plots a scheme with another smalltime criminal to steal the money from the depositary. The FBI agents do not believe that two morons like Eddie and Chris could have planned the heist but the experienced Detective Ransome (Dwayne Johnson) follows his instincts to solve the case.

"Empire State" is movie apparently based on a true story with one of the most unpleasant and irritating characters of the cinema history, the loser Eddie. Consequently the performance of Michael Angarano is top- notch. On the other size, Chris Potamitis is shown as a naive and quite innocent victim of the heist but it is hard to believe in this character. Therefore, despite the good performances, the screenplay is badly written and waste the good cast. My vote is five.

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Language:

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Release Date:

30 August 2013 (Taiwan) See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,212,500
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2.35 : 1
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