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Scenes Of The Crime [DVD] 
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When a routine delivery goes terribly wrong, young mob wheelman Lenny Burroughs (Jon Abrahams, TV's Boston Public ) finds himself holding Jimmy Berg (Jeff Bridges, Sea Biscuit)one of LA's top crime lordshostage in a van on a busy downtown street. Surrounded by Jimmy's bodyguards who are led by the ruthless Seth (Noah Wyle, TV's ER ), Lenny soon discovers he's secretly been working for rival mob boss Trevor Morrison (Brian Goodman), who's got a $7 million score to settle with Jimmy. Taking orders from Trevor over the phone, and negotiating in the van with the smooth-talking Jimmy, Lenny realizes he's exactly where he doesn't want to beright in the middle of a feud with two of the city's most ruthless and powerful gangsters.
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The story revolves around a young driver, Lenny (Jon Abrahams), who is working for a gangster. After the kidnapping of an enemy mobster, Jimmy Berg (Jeff Bridges), an argument erupts between the two groups with Lenny caught in the middle.
A lot of the film is simply Jeff Bridges and Jon Abrahams inside a van - and like any good theatre, it's compelling as the question Lenny has to answer is "whose side should I take?"
If the film had a bigger budget, it could have been one of those really classy films like Bullitt. As it is, it has shades of Hitchcock irony and suspense, and a good ending.
It's based on a true story, and I've given it four stars because you don't see films shot in this way very often and the acting is very good. It's also great because (apart from at the start) there isn't a very loud soundtrack. You can actually hear what the actors are saying!
I bought mine for a really low price and it was delivered within 5 days.
A darned good movie.
Bridges was excellent.
Not one to be watched if you're going to be disturbed.
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This film has a surprising realism. Gangster films have almost become a single genre, and as viewers, we've been bombarded with that particular gangster 'type', and to a certain extent, have become desensitized to it. They're simply not dangerous anymore or don't evoke that needed fear and tension. In ~Scenes of the Crime~ these men came across to me as seriously dangerous, very dangerous; just to know these guys would be a liability. This is what made this film enjoyable, its decision to keep the story real and the actor's more than believable performances.
What this film lacks in big budget fanfare, it more than makes up in excellent directing, editing and great acting from the entire cast.
It's a short film on a generally modest scale. It's nothing terribly special but it's certainly a very decent, nicely directed, intelligent, character-driven thriller well worth checking out. In its protracted focus on a single hopelessly pressured individual stuck in the middle of a city street waiting out a desperate situation and expecting to be shot at any second, it rather calls Schumacher's "Phone Booth" to mind but is a great deal better. The direction is taut, the intrigue and suspense nicely maintained. The nicest thing about it is the contrast, that so freaks Lenny out, between the apparently very nice and reasonable (Here, have some of my sandwich, trust me, I want to help you...) Jimmy, excellently played by Bridges, and the marvellously scary and unpleasant Seth, perfectly played by Noah Wyle, lurking outside the van with his creepy smile...
Brian Goodman should be a major star. He is subtle, sexy and scary....
The acting from some of the mafia people isn't the greatest. Noah Wyle (ER) tries to come across as this scary and capable main heavy, but you'll find him more amusing than believable. The convenience store owners were a bit weird. Supposedly this is based on a true story but how much artistic licence is anyone's guess. I would have thought if it went down like is shown the driver would have been shot in two seconds. The movie also sums up what happened at the end in one of those text spiel wrap ups which was quite annoying, rather than film a scene or two showing that playing out.