I’ve yet to make it all the way through Jeremy Iron and Robert De Niro in The Mission, a movie that Mr. Kung recommended to me. But it got me on a bit of a De Niro bender. So I happened upon this movie on Netflix, which is available for streaming: The Score. I had never heard of it. But how bad could it be? It stars Robert De Niro,
Bananarama, Ed Norton (no….not that one), and Marlon Brando (all 400 pounds of him).
It’s a criminal caper. Brando’s the boss, De Niro is the safe cracker, and Ed Norton has the inside info on the safe they’re going to try to crack. Angela Bassett plays the understanding girlfriend-of-a-hood who is dying for De Niro to give up his unlawful ways so that they can spend more quality time together — preferably on some remote tropical island.
De Nero is somewhat of the same mind. But he’s talked into doing one more score — and it’s a big one. There’s a French scepter worth millions being temporarily (and secretly…or so the government thinks) stored in Montreal’s custom house. If De Niro can grab it, he and his girlfriend are set for life. This booty will also take care of Brando’s debts to some unsavory people he’s gotten in deep with.
This is a fairly plot-driven movie, as you’d expect, so there’s not much more I can say about it. The plot isn’t particular earth-shakingly original. But it rolls along well enough and is interesting. Norton is particularly good. He plays a retarded fellow working in that Montreal customs house. But he’s not actually mentally challenged. He pretends to be in order to not arouse suspicion amongst his fellow workers who are mostly security guards. His job is as a janitor, and he uses his harmless demeanor as a free pass to case the joint.
The movie moves along swell enough. This isn’t Shakepeare, but there are enough twists and turns to make it watchable. Brando plays a minor character but, still, we’re talking Brando and De Niro together again. That’s no small thing (nor is Brando). And they are fun to watch. This is definitely a good popcorn film. And if you are a fellow De Niro fan, you might enjoy seeing him somewhat reprise his role as Harry Tuttle in 1985’s Brazil. • (1450 views)