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3.6 out of 5 stars (48) IMDb 5.2/10
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After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), settles for a security guard job with the Empire State Armoured Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company‚s lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano, Haywire), and is soon drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the cash stored there ‚ resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. history. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne Johnson, Fast & Furious 6), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail.

Starring:
Michael Angarano, Liam Hemsworth
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Michael Angarano, Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson
Director Dito Montiel
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Michael Angarano, Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson
Director Dito Montiel
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 17 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This film started out with so much promise. The eighties look appeared authentic with what sounded like Tavares playing in the background and the premise was good but it just never really went anywhere. The story is allegedly based on what was then the highest grossing burglary in US history carried out by a complete idiot and his naÔve buddy played by Liam Hemsworth who gets a job as a guard in the most sloppy security company in America. It plays like it is an accurate portrayal of what happened because it is so low key and ordinary that you begin to wish the director had spiced it up a bit. It takes ages to get off the ground then explodes like a damp squib.
Dwayne Johnson playing himself with a badge is probably the best thing in this film apart from the period setting. Emma Roberts looks nice in a wig but is hardly utilised. Michael Angarano as Hemsworth's sidekick Eddie who just can't keep his mouth shut is either a total ass or a brilliant actor because you will want to slap him after about ten minutes.
This is definitely a film to rent if you're a Rock or Hemsworth fan, otherwise give it a miss.
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Format: Blu-ray
Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth) is a young man living in NYC in the late 70's. He manages to get a job as a security guard which involves large amounts of money, little security, and over whelming temptation. He lives in a neighborhood of Greeks, along with his loud mouth, foul mouth friend Eddie (Michael Angarano). He is the classic idiot side kick who messes everything up.

Eddie has big dreams for the money that Chris guards and desires to be a big shot, even though no one can stand him. Dwayne Johnson plays the investigating officer and comes in about half way through. His name as well as Emma Roberts are over billed for their actual roles. The film is based on an actual robbery, and like real crime, it is more akin to "dumb crook news" than a master criminal.

The film makes for an entertaining action drama.

Parental Guidance: Plenty of F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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Format: DVD
Its good film, Rock is the rock and its got a good story.

I just find it hard to believe how rubbish the security was for such a large amount of money and also how easy the guy got through the roof with all that protection.

That aside its a good film on the whole.
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By chelios1981 VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2016
Format: DVD
Empire State starts off well enough, setting the scene, as our young hero (Hemsworth) is down on his luck, he is takes a security job guarding cash trucks and the cash depot. Realizing the money at the depot is not the most secure, his friend thinks stealing it would be a solution to there problems. Sounds like a decent set up, but the delivery is not very good.

The film whilst short on runtime is quite dull. The theft itself is over very quick and the investigative cop (Johnson) does very little. Supporting characters are either stupid or annoying and the whole film feels almost incomplete.

Really not a good effort.
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Format: DVD
'Empire State' is a crime drama film, based on a true story that released direct to video in 2013. The reception has been poor on release.

The movie shows two friends (Liam Hemsworth and Michael Angarano) being responsible for the robbery of an armored truck company. They are ultimately investigated by an NYPD detective (Dwayne Johnson).

The feature had a promising cast and an interesting true story to go by. Unfortunately, what we see is a generic and boring heist thriller. Nothing really exciting happens for the full duration. Just one basic scene after the other.

Performances by Hemsworth and Angarano are the only notable and just about competent aspects of this movie. Mr. Johnson has only 10-15 minutes of screen time and there is nothing to rave about.

Dito Montiel's direction is uninteresting and the film is as predictable as it gets.

'Empire State' was released direct to video for a reason. However, I would wait out for the television release.
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When are people ever going to learn that when you are trusted with security around money never, never say a word even to your best mate. Now we have this movie because of a big mouth, okay back to this show everyone doesn't want money, there are a very few out there that would do the right thing, Story is about a security guard that mentions to his best friend about his job and a few bits and pieces, so now this friends decides to rip this place off using his mate as a partner. Well he thinks everything is cosy until gangsters want to know who did a job on their ground plus having the cops are involved so see there's the problem right there. An unusual type of movie that keeps the ideas floating around as to what needs to be done. I rated this an A grade plus for the slight bit of comedy and the actors did a fabulous job keeping this show moving even when you think it's the end, Never knowing what's next so I suggest to you gather up the movie collect the popcorn race home so you can sit and relax to a fantastic night in with this great show as it will keep you guessing. Enjoy!
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Great film, enjoyed it. Plots/ideas were obvious about 5 minutes before they happened but that's probably me just being smart. The Rock wasn't seen too much so don't buy if you want to see him, he's in every 10 minutes or so.
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