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The Score (2001)

Director:
Frank Oz

COUNTRY
USA/Germany

Genre
Drama/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Score

RUNNING TIME
123 minutes

Producers:
Gary Foster
Lee Rich
Screenwriters:
Kario Salem
Lem Dobbs
Scott Marshall Smith


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Nick Wells Robert De Niro
Jack Teller Edward Norton
Max Marlon Brando
Diane Angela Bassett

 

Review

Three outstanding, idiosyncratic individualists of the method acting school who are partly pulling in each their direction is one of several problems this classically structured thriller must deal with. Together with director Frank Oz they try to make these somewhat too familiar movie characters interesting while navigating through a script that never tries to hide its fascination for the good old-fashioned heist movies. And the problem isn't this homage in itself, but that neither the actors or Oz are able to give the project any thrust or distinction. Oz' direction has a mechanic feel; it clearly lacks inspiration and flair. What we're left with is a technically apt thriller of only mediocre thematic and artistic value. Brando, De Niro and Norton are always fun to watch, but the considerable amount of talent on display in The Score hasn't been converted to more than the sum of its parts.

Copyright 26.12.2003 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 12.11.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)
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