Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Classic and Gripping Bank Heist

by Sidney Lumet

Al Pacino is a great actor to watch, and it doesn’t get any better than his performance in Dog Day Afternoon. It’s a superbly written and directed film that breezes by as we watch a bank heist that doesn’t unfold as it was intended. Some films don’t age very well, but this one holds up as a wonderful example of the possibilities of great filmmaking when everyone is doing their best work. Pacino is mesmerizing to watch as the standoff wears on and we find out more about him and how things got to where they are in the film. It’s also a glimpse at another time with an odd innocence in the way that the police and the bank robbers interact along with the media and the public. It’s a great film that makes a statement and is also very entertaining.

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