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It’s hard to not love a heist movie. Sure, the majority of them are predicated on the same basic idea — criminals/criminal associates get in hot water and need one last big score to make their all troubles disappear — but the thrill comes from the special details added to the mix. The crew. The stakes. The target. The execution. And the ever present question of “Will they get away with it?” If a heist movie can properly put those puzzle pieces together, it’s a winner.
Director Steve McQueen cuts right to the chase in getting you immediately hooked into the film’s introduction. I thought that the first 10-15 mins of the film were done in an effective way to really setup a number of different elements to the story, the characters, and more. We don’t get a lot of exposition, but more so a series of transitional shots from one story, to another, from one time to another. While that may sound a bit confusing, watching the sequence of events makes a lot more sense, and is very easy to digest for viewers. I just appreciated the exciting and explosive way the film kicked off because it immediately grabs all of your attention and doesn’t let go.
There’s an underlying subplot for Viola’s character that I thought didn’t fit very well in terms of the writing of the film. It’s not that it didn’t make sense for the movie per se, because it did. It’s just that it felt like a bit of a reach. There’s yet another social justice tie-in with this subplot, however, this connective story tries to also serve as a source of motivation for another character in the film. I didn’t think it was effective nor believable to drive a certain character to do what they do later in the movie. Essentially, that minor story felt shoehorned into the film.