Monday, 4 March 2013
The Great Train Robbery Review
The Great Train Robbery follows the basic elements of a good heist movie. There's the setup where the main character sees an opportunity for personal gain. This is followed by recruiting some help and then moving into the preparation stage. It is the preparation stage that is the most important in these films because it is more about how they cross their 't's and dot their lower case 'j's than it is about execution. This story does an excellent job in laying out how they go about getting all four keys and dealing with the inevitable road bumps along the way. It is during one of those road bumps that the movie takes a slightly darker turn that doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the tone. How they deal with Clean Willy is a deviation from the rest and it still kind of bothers me. But, throughout the buildup to the heist there is a fine mix of tension and comic relief to make it very entertaining.
Finally, the heist itself is a bit anti-climactic in that there is really no crisis to be dealt with other than Connery hanging out on the edge of a train. It's almost as if their planning was too thorough. Other than Connery dealing with wave after wave of bridges on the top of the train, there's no real suspense. But they don't dwell on it and the film actually wraps up quite quickly.
Overall, it's a well-paced, lighthearted heist with some decent performances. See it.