Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
|Featuring||Matt Dillon (Mike Cochrone), Jean Reno (Quinn), Laurence Fishburne (Baines), Amaury Nolasco (Palmer), Fred Ward (Duncan Ashcroft), Milo Ventimiglia (Eckehart), Skeet Ulrich (Dobbs), Columbus Short (Ty Hackett), Andre Kinney (Jimmy Hackett), See all »|
|Producer||Buckaroo Entertainment, Farah Films & Management, See all »|
|Distributor||Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Entertainment|
“Who will be the last man standing?”
“Armored” is a male flick through and through. There aren’t any female leads that cause distraction, nor are there cheesy plotlines or over-the-top gimmicks. It’s simply a movie about a group of armored guards who want to pull off the perfect heist in order to rob over 40 million dollars. The heist begins within the first thirty minutes and five minutes later, the heist goes wrong. While the movie carries well with its strong cast, a slightly more complicated script would have made it an even better film.
After his parents’ death, Ty Hackett (Columbus Short) is an Iraqi veteran who’s struggling to make ends meet and trying to avoid foreclosure on his house. In addition, he has custody of his rebellious younger brother. During the day, he works as an armored guard with some close friends. Among the guys at work, he’s seemingly the closest to Mike (Matt Dillon) who knew Ty’s parents. When Mike confides in Ty that the group of friends intends to pull off a heist, Ty initially refuses. After a surprise visit of the Child Welfare Services, Ty decides to partake in the heist in order to avoid losing custody of his brother.
With some careful planning, the heist begins to go perfectly well, with the men laughing at their newfound fortune. While hiding the money at an abandoned factory, an unexpected homeless man becomes an unwanted witness. Within the chaos which ensues, the man is shot. Rushing to his side, Ty attempts to bring aide to the man before he is finished off by Mike. With things quickly unraveling, Ty locks himself in the armored truck with the remaining money.
The plot is formulaic to the core, and, if not for the cast, “Armored” would have most likely been a direct DVD release. All the ingredients of the botched heist, friends turned to enemies, and the main character’s spontaneous ingenuity are within the mix. However, “Armored” has genuineness when it comes to the raw, conflicting emotions one might feel when countered with the dilemma of being caught or going further into the realm of evil in order to satisfy greed.
Before committing to the heist, Ty made Mike promise him that no one would get hurt, a promise which the friend readily made. I’m sure Mike meant it, at the time. They never imagined that there would be a homeless man added within the heist equation. However, with the extra set of eyes, it was determined to eliminate him. Ty refused to participate any longer and went with his conscience. While the others argued, they eventually relented and proceeded to go along with the heist and murdered, when they deemed it necessary. In the wake of greed, this solution is indeed evil, but completely realistic. This correlates with 1 Timothy 6:9-10:
“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
Christians have been hit by the recent economic times. We often suffer money issues just like any other person. However, those who have their foundation firmly planted within Christ have the comfort of knowing that God is loving and just and will provide for our needs.
Interestingly, there is one guard who’s shown to be a Christian. In the beginning of the film, he reads Scripture and mentions how God saved him. I thought he’d be one of the emotionally swinging members of the group, but turns out he murders someone and then kills himself after asking if God would forgive him. While Christians suffer temptation, we should be grateful that God gave us the Scripture for guidance on how to live a life full of godliness. And within the chapters, there are plenty of warnings about staying away from sin and its enormous consequences.
How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer
How can I decide whether a particular activity—such as smoking, gambling, etc.—is wrong? Answer
I do not personally recommend “Armored.” While there is no sexual content, the cursing is quite heavy with 27 uses, including 3 GDs and about 15 sh*t. There are several murders by shootings, stabbings, and explosions; these are realistically depicted and rather disturbing. It’s definitely noteworthy how Ty stood up for what was right even at the risk of his own life. If one would like to read a similar story of a murderous man who later became a Christian, I recommend the wonderful story of Paul.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: None
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.