Henry’s Crime (2010)
Runtime : 108 min
Genre : Comedy, Crime, Drama
Movie Release : 14 January 2011 (UK)
Director: Malcolm Venville
Writers: Sacha Gervasi (screenplay), David N. White (screenplay) (as David White)
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan
Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.
Time Out described it as a “Quiet Triumph” and I tend to agree. It’s not the best movie ever made but is clever, multi-layered (stories within stories within…) and an interesting, often tongue in cheek, look at acting as a process. It is enjoyable, although slightly uncomfortable in places as Farmiga plays self reliant/involved diva and ego-above-her-status-actress very well and with great aplomb. Caan’s comic relief as the wannabe lifer adds some one liners and fun to a film that has an old-fashioned serious classic quality both in style and direction (something to do with dimensions of camera angles/screen apparently), and the soundtrack is brilliant. Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard lends a certain gravitas to the proceedings, and a backdrop for the real-life storyline, as does Reeves’ deliberate delivery and method metamorphosis from downtrodden bored/boring-but-nice average Joe to cavalier passionate lovestruck criminal-mastermind, which is impressive! I think this film is a slow burner… after watching it, it stayed in my mind and I want to see it again, sure there will be more layers and nuances that I missed.
Henry’s Crime Trailer