Tight script

This film is deliberately paced. We follow the life of a career criminal played by De Niro. His life is deliberately paced. Concidence? Probably not. Frank Oz does a nice job of keeping the flow even, although it might be a little slow for some.

De Niro is aging and looking towards the future. His jazz club might even make an appropriate retirement if he can just make the last big score. The heist is big and complex - made more so by the act that he has to pull off the job with a goofy younger criminal played by Edward Norton. This is a great role for both characters. The tension builds slowly and the complexity of the story does too. There's a lot of plot twists at the end.

The only disappointment is a strange comedic appearance by Marlon Brando.

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