Robert De Niro
On a more positive note, rarely will you see three actors of the calibre of DeNiro, Norton and Brando on the same screen, but unfortunately they spend their time chatting away some heist movie clichés (“big payday”, “I walk”, etc.). Norton and DeNiro are solid and Brando is his usual charismatic self, but one can’t look at Brando and not remember the way he looked in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE without shedding some tears. The man has not aged well, my friends. All in all, the movie’s an okay way to kill a couple of hours, but make sure you drink plenty of coffee before you load it up.
Another feature is a 15-minute Making-Of spot. I don’t know why they called it that way, because they never show you anything about how they made the movie, they just pretty much run through the plot and turn the thing into a really long trailer. Of course, it features cast and crew throwing around some various niceties about each other. Lame.
Last but not least, this DVD contains one of the worst commentary tracks I’ve heard in a while. Director Frank Oz and Director of Photography Rob Hahn basically explain in detail the lighting techniques used for every shot. I don’t care how big a movie fan you are, I’m pretty damn sure you don’t want to listen to an hour of these two guys explaining why they used a filter to cover a portion of the overpass in the shot where a guy hands a bag to another guy. Not only that, but they’re pretty pretentious as well. They gloat over having been able to reunite three great actors in the same shot over and over again. Now I like these three great actors as much as the next guy, but we’re not talking about the cure for cancer here, it’s just three guys acting!