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From the director of Vacancy and the upcoming Predators movie comes Armored, a B-grade action film about a group of armored truck guards who decide to steal their own cargo. The movie is what you'd expect it to be: completely watchable and yet fully forgettable.

Armored stars Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco and others as the group of guards-turned-bandits who devise a plot to steal millions of the dollars they are meant to protect. The wild card: rookie guard Ty Hackett (Columbus Short), who reluctantly agrees to go along with the plot but then changes his mind when an innocent bystander is murdered by the group.

The plot is pretty silly and the screenplay, by first-time writer James V. Simpson, cheesy. Though the movie has a respectable, recognizable cast, the characters are underdeveloped and unrealistic. Dillon has seemingly fallen back into playing predictably cheesy caricatures, and Fishburne once again delivers a hammy performance. Reno, despite some talent, will apparently sign up for any movie that has letters typed to a page.

The movie lacks a single memorable action sequence, and the rest of it fails to hold attention all that well, but despite its deficiencies, Armored is ultimately harmless and should appeal to a base crowd who don't want to think that much. It's these lack of risks that both keep it from disastrous results and aspiring to something greater.

Armored has its moments, but it's rudimentary delivery and uninspiring script keep it from being worthwhile.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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