Heat Must the good guy always win? Watching Heat , the slick, Michael Mann-directed crime drama that boasts as its centerpiece the first official Al Pacino-Robert… Heat Must the good guy always win? Watching Heat , the slick, Michael Mann-directed crime drama that boasts as its centerpiece the first official Al Pacino-Robert…
DVD Review

Heat (2005)

Robert De Niro, Heat | BAD FELLA De Niro as McCauley
Image credit: Heat: Frank Connor
BAD FELLA De Niro as McCauley
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 22, 2005; DVD Release Date: Feb 22, 2005; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

Must the good guy always win? Watching Heat, the slick, Michael Mann-directed crime drama that boasts as its centerpiece the first official Al Pacino-Robert De Niro face-off, it's impossible not to root for the villain. Neil McCauley, De Niro's professional thief, is cold, calculating, and certainly a sociopath. He's also got control, finesse, and ''it''all over Pacino's overbearing and frequently overacted homicide detective, Vincent Hanna.

But as one of the film's crew members explains, Heat, however thrilling and unconventional, is still a glorified cowboy story, and the lawman must ultimately rope the black hat in.

EXTRAS Five mini-docs, including one about the actual cop and robber who inspired the film. Now if only the real deal Neil hadn't gone to prison...

Originally posted Feb 21, 2005 Published in issue #808 Feb 25, 2005 Order article reprints