Las Vegas Film Society

The Score

Directed by: Frank Oz
Written by: Daniel E. Taylor(story) & Kario Salem
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando
Angela Bassett

The one last good movie that we have seen Marlon Brando in was The Freshman (please rent it!). Now eleven years later, we get to honored with another good acting performance.

In the Score, a retiring thief, Nick Wells (Robert De Niro) is ready to settle down with his girlfriend Diane (Angela Bassett), when a friend of his, Max Baron (Marlon Brando) convinces him to pull off one last heist (or score) with the help of an insider, Jackie Teller (Edward Norton). The only problem is that the safe they are about to crack, is deemed to be impossible to open.

The are defiantly great actors here, with terrific performances, even Edward Norton seems to be sporting his acting abilities from Primal Fear (another good movie). Now, I don't want to spoil the film for anybody, so I'm going to keep this simple.

The first hour and a half of this movie is GREAT! BUT, I had a real problem with the last twenty minutes. I felt pretty cheated, as from the trailers, I thought I was going to get a great twist ending. Or one of those endings that someone screws over someone and screws over someone else. But, unfortunately we just get a simplified ending. I even thought Angela Bassett wasn't necessary, because they could have got any no name actress.

The other problem, no a huge one, but the safe cracking scenes wasn't that elaborate. It also was pretty simplified.

While this movie may seem great the first hour and a half or so, the ending is a real downer. So don't expect much at the end. I just wish we got a better pay off in the end, because if so, this would have been in my top ten of this year.

-John Steffens

Another proud member of the Emperor family.