Two of the best actors in the world combine in The Score, a robbery movie that is smart and suspenseful.
Robert DeNiro and Ed Norton are two thieves that team up to steal a priceless gold artifact from the Montreal Customs Building. DeNiro, who has been turning in good performances for decades, does not fail here, being just as smart, cunning, and solid as he has been in tons of other movies (and his character is somewhat similar to the one in Ronin, only a little more peaceful). Norton is the best actor to emerge in the last five or so years, and once again he does not fail. While this role isn't as powerful as his American History X role (which is hard to top), he does an above average job and pulls off the mentally disabled act very well.
Also along for the ride is Marlon Brando, who delivers a strong yet somewhat small role as DeNiro's friend and boss. It's really entertaining to see DeNiro and Brando together because, as most people know, they both won Oscars for the same role, in The Godfather and The Godfather II. Angela Bassett also has a part, although her role is small, unnecessary, and unexciting. As DeNiro's love interest, she is in the movie merely to act as a device to convince him to stop stealing. However, her character really is just a way to slow down the storyline.
And, in a way, the storyline is pretty slow. It doesn't lose pace and it doesn't stop being entertaining, but it definitely is a slower kind of movie. However, if you can respect the wonderful performances in this movie than you'll have no problem sitting through the movie.
Once the heist starts, The Score gets really good and really exciting. The entire sequence is smart, realistic, and exciting. If anything, the movie is worth seeing for this sequence alone (which is probably the reason why people are going to see this movie in the first place).
The Score is a well thought out piece of drama and suspense, with terrific acting and a good storyline. The movie is entertaining and becomes very exciting in the last forty-five minutes, and should be on the list of movies to go see this summer, especially considering the dreadful competition.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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