Mann’s most cohesive film. No weak areas. The domestic drama works. He’s able to produce thrill and suspense to great effect without the heist sequences, gunfights, car chases and the like.
BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE:
Russell Crowe, The Insider
I just realized that I didn’t touch on Crowe’s performance in the review of The Insider. Russell Crowe was a surprise in his nuanced and controlled performance.. He captured the rollercoaster of emotions caused by all the internal turmoil that Wigand had to go through in the story.
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE:
Brian Cox, Manhunter
Simply stole every scene he was in.
McCauley and Hanna in the Diner, Heat
Quoting from my review: ” (Heat) can maintain tension even in its quiet moments, and has one of the most electric scenes you can ever have between two people talking in a diner.” — This is that scene.
BEST STYLIZED ACTION SEQUENCE:
The Second Heist, Thief
It was either this or the downtown shootout from Heat. This heist scene just impressed me more because of how meticulously detailed and believably authentic it was.
MARATHON SCORE: 66/100