Sunday, November 27, 2016

Movie review: The Heat

Ashburn is an uptight, ambitious FBI agent hoping her insistence on protocol and procedure will land her a promotion. In Boston to hunt down a Russian gangster, she finds herself paired with local cop Mullins and her strong dislike for protocol and procedure.

Sandra Bullock (Ashburn), Melissa McCarthy (Mullins), Demian Bichir (Hale), Marlon Wayans (Levy), Michael Rapaport (Jason), Jane Curtin (Mrs. Mullins), Spoken Reasons (Rojas), Thomas Wilson (Capt. Woods).

The Heat begins by showing us what a great cop Ashburn is, and how strongly she is focused on following the book. Next we get to see what a great cop Mullins is, despite her strong disregard for everyone and everything, including rules. The story then puts the two of them together, assigns them to taking down a Russian gangster, and the rest is a string of laughs as the two poke at each other through the bitter end. While there are some good laughs here, the plot and storyline are really pointless in relation to the humor.

Acting was decent from both Bullock and McCarthy, and the two seemed to work well together. The two delivered some decent comedy along with the rest of the cast despite some slow spots. Bichir was good in a smallish role, as was Wayans, Rapaport, Curtin and the remainder of the cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were reasonably well done if somewhat plain and minimalistic. Action scenes were decent and usually added nicely to the humor. Dialogue was campy, corny, and about as expected. The reliance on foul language was a bit disappointing but did generate some laughs. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

If you enjoy a mild, late night comedy check out The Heat. If on the other hand you are easily offended, pass on this one. Likewise if you are looking for a solid, detailed plot.

With plenty of persistent foul language, violence, and drugs save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 11.6.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Action Comedy, Late Night Comedy

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