Henry's Crime [DVD]
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Working the night shift as a toll collector on a lonely stretch of highway in Buffalo, New York, Henry (Keanu Reeves) is a man seemingly without ambition, dreams or purpose; sleepwalking his way through life. He gets his wake-up call early one morning when he becomes an unwitting participant in an ill-conceived bank heist. Rather than give up the names of the real culprits, Henry takes the fall and goes to jail. There he meets the irrepressible Max (James Caan), a con man who's grown fat too comfortable with the familiarity and security of his 'idyllic' life behind bars, but who also helps plant an idea in Henry's mind which will change his life forever: for a man to have a purpose, he must first have a dream.
Their plan is simple--by infiltrating the theatre and its current production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, the unlikely duo will buy just enough time to dig their way to the adjacent bank vault and drive off with their loot. Unfortunately that plan also includes Henry taking the lead role in the play, where he finds himself slowly falling for the production's mercurial leading lady Julie (Vera Farmiga).
By turns wry, off-beat and simply hilarious, Henry's Crime is the heart-warming story of a man who finds his purpose in life. And then finds his destiny.
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Keanu Reeves plays the meek Henry Torne, who works a toll booth in Buffalo. He is having some problems with his wife Debbie (Judy Greer, a young version of Susan Sarandon). He is conned into driving some guys to a baseball game, only as it turns out they rob a bank and Henry is the only one who gets caught. Henry meekly says nothing in his defense and gets sentenced to 3 years. During this time his wife leaves him for another man, which doesn't seem to bother Henry. In prison Henry meets Max Saltzman (James Caan), prison philosopher, barber, and story teller. Caan convinces Henry that if he did the time, he should do the crime.
Henry gets out of jail and appears to have walked home. His wife is pregnant by Joe (Danny Hoch), one of the bank robbers. Joe tries to recruit Henry to sell in his pyramid scheme, er ah multi-level... Henry's belongings are packed into one small box. Henry doesn't seem to mind at all.
Like a moth to a flame Henry is attracted to the bank...as he is walking in the middle of the street he gets hit by a female driver, who was paying no attention while chatting on her cell phone. She immediately gets out of the car and blames the victim.
Henry finally realizes his life's goal: To rob the bank he didn't rob. He goes to Max for help. Max is a lifer. He wants to stay in prison and not get out. At his review board he twitches and says to the panel if he got out he is going to kill their dog. Henry wants Max to get out and help him.
The theater, across from the bank, 80 years ago had a tunnel that went to the bank vault. Julie (Vera Farmiga), the woman who clocked Henry with her car is an actress, performing in "The Cherry Orchard" a play like the movie is both a comedy and tragedy.Read more ›
At first I thought it a little slow & I wanted to shake the character 'Henry' into fighting back but the film grows & develops into a touching story of the 4 main characters realising their lifes dreams. It is a touching build up of each character realising what they want from life & a their involvement in the unusal way they finally achieve it.
The film was certainly better the 2nd time of watching as I then understood the story line & knew that it would develop into a good, light hearted, entertaining, easy watch film.
I certainly recommend it & thoroughly enjoy watching it.
It had Vera Farmiga, who's one of the best and most undervalued actresses around.
On the downside it had Keanu Reeves, who redefines wooden acting, though he's somehow still amiable despite his limitations.
That he remain reliably plank-like in this film is, I THINK, intended. He's a man drifting through a humdrum life, who bizarrely takes the rap for a bank robbery. After doing his time he decides to do the crime, with the reluctant help of conman James Caan. Laughs ensue.
Caan relentless steals every scene with the ease of a grizzled veteran, and the wonderfully versatile Farmiga enjoys her role as a provincial actress making lottery commercials who dreams of getting a Hollywood break after her lead role on stage in The Cherry Orchard.
The theatre scenes are very amusing, and I imagine there are plenty of actors who would recognise the characters' featured, particularly the comically bullying director.
This is an unusual film, slightly odd and eccentric but entertaining, worthy of your attention if you can tolerate Keanu's brand of `mildly concussed' acting style.
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It's ok, not something that was really interesting but it's ok to watch now and againPublished 10 months ago by Buyer
It's fun to watch and makes you think as well . Love it and James Kahn and keanu reeves are fantastic .Published 23 months ago by miss k daniel
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