Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Code (2008) R - 3 Stars

Morgan Freeman is one of my all time favorite actors and even though this movie is not the greatest, his acting shines through to save the story. Being paired up with Antonio Banderas is an unlikely, but good choose. The two play well off each other to add excitement to the plot. Aka, Thick as Thieves, it's well worth the price of a rental for Morgan alone.

Ripley (Morgan Freeman), is an experienced veteran thief who owes money to the Russian Mafia and needs to pull one last robbery in order to retire. The payload is two priceless and heavily guarded, Faberge Imperial Eggs. It's a two man operation and Ripley has his eye on a rookie thief Gabriel (Antonio Banderas), as he watches him pull off a jewelry heist on a NY subway. After some convincing, Gabriel reluctantly agrees to join Ripley in his quest. But they don't plan on Ripley's god daughter, Alexandra Korolenko (Radha Mitchell), being kidnapped by a Russian crime boss (Rade Serbedzija), who uses her as a pawn to get the valuable eggs for himself.

With the police and the F.B.I. hot on their tails, Ripley and Gabriel attempt the heist of their lives and put true meaning behind the phrase, "Never trust a thief." Now they just need to make it out alive.

First Look Pictures
Director: Mimi Leder
Writer: Ted Humphrey
Producers: Danny Lerner, Randall Emmett, Lori McCreary
I viewed 7/09

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