L.A. Takedown details
|Starring:||Michael Rooker, Vincent Guastaferro, Alex McArthur, Scott Plank, Ely Pouget|
|Studio:||MIA VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT LTD|
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Basic, unpolished, original, to superior HeatBy boogsy (160 reviews) from Moston , 13 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Having watched this, expecting something close to the re-make (Heat) I can safely confirm, that this is nothing like the re-make.
Same story, but you would never guess, such is the basic direction, low key actors (Cop is actually very good, rest not so) and ultimately, low budget, that really doesn't do justice to the story.
When you see Heat, with the A class actors, perfectly suited to the roles, the brilliant direction, cinematography, lighting, set pieces, etc etc it's all a world away from this.
Not a bad film, but if you've seen heat, this is interesting only as a comparison, to see how an average film, can be made spectacular, in the right hands, and budget.
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IF A FILM NEEDED A REMAKE IT'S THIS ONE.By MARKSMAN (1 review) , 10 Jun 2011I NOW KNOW WHY MICHAEL MANN FELT COMPELLED TO REMAKE THIS FILM.THEY WANT AT LEAST 20 WORDS FOR THIS REVIEW.I THINK I SAID IT ALL IN 12.
Just another low budget film!By Imran.M. from Bolton, England , 29 Apr 2006The only reason why anyone would watch this film cos its from the director of HEAT doing the same story. What a good way to sell a crap film. The story is simular to HEAT thats all. It cannot be compared to HEAT. The worst thing about this film is the set (location) its shot in the wrong place with the wrong light. This is rubbish, do your self a favour and avoid.
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Not as hot as HeatBy a customer from Muckle Roe, Shetland, Scotland , 30 Jan 2006This is a strange scenario A director makes the same film twice. Everyone knows about the amazing Michael Mann film Heat where a Bank Robber (De Niro) tries to take down one last score while a top detective (Pacino) puts everything into putting him away. This film however it Mr Manns first attempt at the heat story. Even with the plethora of remakes currently on our screens it is rare to see one that is almost word for word with the original. Still worth a watch even if youve seen Heat as there is some differences between them, the most noticeable of which is the ending. However if youre going to go for one you would have to go for heat as the acting Is far superior but then it would be with De NIro and Pacino. Also Mann probably looked at all the bad points of this film and tried to eradicate them for Heat.
L.A. TakedownBy Ryan Kent from Salford, Manchester , 15 Jan 2006Nowhere near as good as Heat but for a TV movie it ain't so bad. Alex McArthur and Scott Plank make credible leads and this is quite a decent movie but if you're comparing it unfairly to Heat, which I did, then you're going to be quite disappointed. It doesn't have the style nor are the rest of the cast any good as saying their lines with a bit of realism. If I had the choice I would have preferred to see this before seeing Heat and viewed it without the comparrison. Includes a lot of the same scenes and dialogue but doesn't build any of the supporting characters such as Chris. L.A. Takedown also doesn't include some of the characters seen in Heat like Chris's wife or Natalie Portman's character. But like I said try to view it without the comparrison if you can.
Interesting for admirers of HeatBy stevetd from Wilts , 18 May 2005Interesting preliminary sketch for Heat. Shares the same love for LA at night; deafening gunshots in city canyons; several "still life" type shots like cover of "Starnge Days". The cop is good, the thief less convincing. Some interesting variations e.g. death of the thief, Waingro etc. Lack of sub-plots (eg Vincent's step-daughter, Chris's family) does no harm but the Tom Sizemore & William Fichtner characters give depth to later film.
Billy Idol definitely no substitute for Moby!