Now here’s a movie that your parents might enjoy, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t find it interesting. Although this is a “technological” movie, utilizing the latest technology available in 1992 and ideas that are by now already realized, it still looks good enough. With an all-star cast led by Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier, Sneakers is a very relaxed movie that transferred that vibe to an almost every aspect imaginable. You just know somehow that everything is going to be okay and that there will be no casualties. This took some of the atmosphere and suspense but made the movie less demanding for watching. This tradeoff is the most important aspect of the movie, if you are looking some engaging heist thrillers you best skip this one, and then again if you want to relax with a sure thing, Sneakers is the movie for you.

Sneakers posterWe start the movie in 1969 with two students, Martin and Cosmo hacking the college systems and redistributing the funds more appropriately. As luck would have it, Martin accidentally leaves to get food, while the police arrests Cosmo who ends up in jail and later dead in the same place. We pick up the story in 1992, where Martin is living his life under a different name leading a group of people whose job it is to break into banks. They are hired by the banks to spot weaknesses in their security systems, but when two new customers appear with an offer backed with a file revealing the true Martins identity he will have to think carefully about his next move.

Sneakers is very well written and there are no plot holes, but as I said earlier the light mood sort of dulls that fact. Also I didn’t like all those forced jokes throughout the movie that were really pushing it too far. It’s like someone made fun of this movie and its elderly crew so they decided to show them what’s what, but in the end it all turned out pretty lame. The twists are relatively good, but sometimes too predictable, and when you combine this with the running time of over two hours, Sneakers seem like a waste of time. But they are not, if for nothing else then for the very good crew, and if you’re a heist movie fan boy, well you’re in for a treat.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Writer: Phil Alden Robinson, Lawrence Lasker

Cast: Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Denise Dowse, Eddie Jones

Fun Facts: The computer in the room off of Cosmo’s office in the PlayTronics building (the one that looks like a circular bench) is actually a Cray Y-MP, a multi-million dollar supercomputer that was one of the worlds fastest computers at the time the film was made.


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