Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and William H. Macy star in this light hearted comedy-drama about a trio of security guards employed by a museum, each besotted with a different piece of classic art which they spend their shifts gazing on lovingly.
Their happy work lives are threatened when a new curator joins the museum and announces plans to sell off the entire collection to a Dutch gallery, and replace them with a display of animal genitalia.
Desperate not to be separated from the objects of their obsessions, the three hatch a plan to steal the originals and ship fakes to the new owners.
The Heist is a simple, straightforward affair with a by-numbers plot which doesn’t overly burden the characters or viewers with too many hurdles before reaching its never in doubt conclusion.
However that simplicity lends the film a definite sense of charm, as do some outrageously OTT performances by the three leads. The sight of Freeman playing camp is worth the cost of the DVD.
A fun, enjoyable crime romp where the audience won’t feel guilty cheering on the crooks, The Heist is a perfect way to while away a lazy afternoon.