Going In Style

Movie:  Going In Style

Rating:  4 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:    The Wexler Steel Company, a major employer of the community, has gone belly up and moving the operation to Vietnam.  Not only has that meant its employees are now out of a job, but through some dubious restructuring of the company’s debts, the bastards have sucked the money out of the company pension fund.  That leaves retirees like Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman), and Albert (Alan Arkin) up the creek without a paddle.  Joe is about to have his home repossessed by an unsympathetic bank, and Willie’s kidney is giving out and needs money for his medical bills.  The three best pals meet for lunch at Nat’s Diner every day as their funds dwindle, desperate for answers but don’t see a way out of their dilemma.

Then one day Joe is in line at the bank when a gang of masked gunmen burst into the bank and rob the place.  The hold-up goes like clockwork, and the obviously professional gang get away with a great deal of money.   The robbery plants a thought in Joe’s head.  What if we were able to rob a bank?  It would solve our problems.  After much debate, the trio decide to go for it.  What have they got to lose?  But they need help from a real criminal who can train them.  And they need a plan, a foolproof plan.  Because at their age, they can’t afford to get caught….

This movie is a joy to watch.  With three old pros like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin, all Academy Award winners, how can you go wrong?  The chemistry with this cast is perfect, with additional help from fine actors like Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, Matt Dillon and John Ortiz.  Along with the great actors you get a first rate heist caper with a plot that holds water and entertains the viewer till the very end of the movie.  Do yourself a favor and go see this film.

Mini Trailers:   Bank Robber – “Ladies and Gentlemen.  Thank you for your attention.  We’ve come to make a withdrawal!  Please do not call the police for 90 seconds.  A shootout never ends well.”

Steel Company Spokesman – “The company pension fund is being dissolved.”  Joe shouts – “Thirty years of hard work means shit to you people!”

Albert – “You could have been shot!  Or worse.”  Joe – “What’s worse than being shot?”  Albert – “Being shot twice.”

Waitress to Depressed Geezers – “No pies?”  Willie – “We’re watching our waistlines today.”  Albert – “Plus we’re shit broke!”

Joe – “We hit a bank and we get away with it, we keep out dignity.”  Albert – “What if we don’t?”  Joe – “We’ll get away with it.  We got experience and smarts.”  Willie – “And arthritis, shingles, and gout.”

Supermarket Security Officer to Geezers – “Look what you did to Cindy.  She looks like a Colombian drug mule!”

Criminal Tutor – “You have to be in great shape.  I realize you guys are 4000 years old, but under those masks you have to look in great shape.”

Bank Robber – “It is a culture’s duty to take care of its elders.”






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