Oct 30, 2010

The Code, 2009

The Code, 2009
Director: Mimi Leder
Cast: Rade Serbedzija, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas

The Code in short: A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.

Stage:home theatre

Preps: again one of those, standing in line, striving to get the attention. I see Morgan Freeman in lead cast and I am satisfied, I simply adore the man. I wonder what the latest achievement is, so the curiosity drives my attention.

Reality: Hm, first a surprise. I have it (the movie) under Thick as Thieves. WTF is the Code? And why? Is this even the same movie? Curiosity drives me to go ahead with the piece. It resembles the best of Mission Impossible, some russian spy movies and some great theft movies. Hence the title, Thick as Thieves. Banderas as a thief that you can lick your fingers upon - based on his expertise, and Freeman, as one of the most haunted criminals (thieves) ever.. joining forces to steal something impossible to steal.

The movie is filled with witty dialogues, amazing impossible scenes, some unreal and others to admire, what some people are capable of ( I mean those in real business ;)
The power of money is exposed, passing the limits one would go over just to get more of it in his wallet. And on the other hand, some philosophical dilemmas. Are you supposed to have a spouse, if you are a shooting target? Is a modern Robin Hood more or less the villain the genuine Robin Hood was? Last, but not least - how come all the "impossible to break in" - vaults have a movie way to get into them.. a lot of material to think about and the movie is already over. Good Sunday entertainment, but nothing really beyond this.

One of the best quotes:
Keith Ripley: Some people were born to compose music. Others to split the atom. I was born to steal shit.

My personal rating: 7,0 (a pretty decent piece, and good to see Morgan Freeman and Banderas again, in not such bad roles - maybe they could think a bit more about their mutual energy before going into some scenes - because the cast in some of them is truly awful.)

The Code on IMDB

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