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The Maiden Heist (2009/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Film: C+



When I saw a heist comedy with Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walker, William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden had been made, I was very interested in seeing the results.  Peter Hewitt is not my favorite director, but The Maiden Heist (2009) is easily his best film and it is still uneven.  The cast (also including good supporting performances like comic actor Brecklin Meyer) is not bad, but it is the script by Michael LeSieur (You, Me & Dupree, reviewed elsewhere on this site) that is the trouble.


Walker and Freeman are guards at a museum.  They like their job enough and love the art works they guard.  When the exhibit they admire is going to be sold and moved elsewhere, they are not very happy about it.  Then they meet an oddball (Macy) who likes the art in unusual ways and once they meet, decide to switch the originals with well-made fakes, but this is not going to go as they expect.


Harden proves once again to be one of the best comic actresses alive and seeing these great actors all working together and the chemistry that comes with that is a plus, something so commonplace in good filmmaking just a few decades ago rarely seen now.  However, the script is too predictable and does not try to do enough new, which is a real shame considering they were able to get such a great cast together.  However, it is worth a look and for a few laughs.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is a little soft throughout and is either a digital shoot or Super 35mm film.  Otherwise, someone did not do their job transferring the material properly.  Color is sometimes odd and detail can be an issue, but the framing is not bad.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is dialogue-based and more towards the front speakers than I would have liked, but is well-recorded.  Extras include a making of featurette, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary, Director/Writer/Producer feature length audio commentary, trailers for other Sony releases and a Bloopers Reel.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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