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“Armored”
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Sony
Genre:
Action
Release Date:
3/10/10
Special Features:

Featurettes, commentary tracks, BD-Live enabled extras, Digital Copy of the film, MovieIQ access, iPhone download

Review:

Like most banking relationships “Armored” promises much but delivers little and takes your cash to boot. Mike Cochrone (Matt Dillon) works as security for Eagle Shield Armored Transport Company. These are the trucks that haul all that cash around. Mike has a new partner Ty (Columbus Short) who is clearly having some financial issues so much so that Mike solicits his “help” essentially to commit the ultimate robbery. ***

Sadly “Armored” doesn’t have protection from the poor writing and direction that turns what could have been an interesting if routine thriller into a really bad comical direct-to-DVD type of project you might have been on home video about a decade ago. The film has a surprisingly good cast who were clearly all here for the payday; Lawrence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Amaury Nolasco, Skeet Ulrich, Fred Ward and other solid actors appear in this botched thriller. ---

Image & Sound: “Armored” looks better than it deserves to—colors are solid throughout and detail quite good although there are occasional flares of digital artifacts they aren’t all that bad (or at least as bad as the movie). *** Audio sounds quite solid throughout with a good 5.1 mix that truly comes to life during the action sequences. ---

Special Features:

We get a producer and cast commentary. Clearly they all thought they were making a better movie. ***

“Planning the Heist” gives us plenty of behind-the-scenes interviews and “Crash Course: Stunts” focuses on the action sequences of the film. “Armed and Underground: Production Design” goes to show that even when you’re making a really really bad movie you can still take some pride in the fact that it looks appropriately professional. ***

We also get a digital copy of the film as part of the Blu-ray package and the BD disc is BD enabled with MovieIQ allowing online interviews to be accessed. ---

Final Words:

Sadly there isn’t any protection from “Armored” if you decide to rent this horrible movie. A good cast trapped in a bad movie is never pretty.

 

 
 
 
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