Deux frères (Adrien Brody & Hayden Christensen) aux passés troubles se retrouvent mêlés à un braquage de banque.
Un film de Sarik Andreasyan | USA
avec Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster et Akon.
Two brothers (Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) with troubled pasts become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery, in this indie action thriller also starring Jordana Brewster and Akon, based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery.
A film by Sarik Andreasyan
USA, 2014, Fiction
starring Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster and Akon.
related: Family Relations, Crime, Thriller, Violence
NOTE OF THE PROGRAMMER
Stories about troubled brothers have been with us since Cain and Abel. Director Sarik Andreasyan injects new energy into the subject with American Heist, a highly charged crime caper set in present-day New Orleans.
James (Hayden Christensen) has a checkered past, but he's trying to put his life on the straight and narrow. He has a decent job in an auto shop, plans to start his own business, and there's even the promise of love on the horizon. But one day, before his dream can become a reality, he opens his front door to find his older brother Frankie (Adrien Brody), recently released from a ten-year stretch in prison. Frankie has some money-making strategies of his own, and he needs James to help him one last time - in a spectacularly elaborate bank heist. Even though it's Frankie's influence that James is trying to escape, he finds himself drawn into the unsavoury plan due to a combination of guilt, greed, and misguided brotherly devotion.
This criminal collaboration between the two brothers - and some other very smart, very bad men - leads to several of the most inventive and explosive action sequences to be found in a film this fall. But despite the off-the-charts levels of excitement and suspense, the film's true heart is the relationship between James and Frankie: bonded by a difficult childhood, but separated by their subsequent experience and vastly different moral wiring. Christensen's and Brody's deeply considered performances, evidencing a lifetime's worth of bad blood, bitterness, and love, elevate this already compelling crime story to near-mythological proportions.
JANE SCHOETTLE (TIFF 2014, Toronto)
Runtime: 94 minutes
Principal Cast: Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles, Aliaune "AKON" Thiam
Director: Sarik Andreasyan
Screenplay: Raul Inglis, based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery
Cinematographer: Antonio Calvache
Editor: Kirill Kozlov, Kiran Pallegada
Sound: Laird Fryer, Dick Hansen, David Mann, Steve Neal, Michael Perricone, Eric Raber, Derek A. Schwebel, Leonard Suwalski, Chris Terhune
Music: Artashes Andreasyan, Alim Zairov, Roman Vishnevsky, Aliaune "AKON" Thiam
Production Designer: James A. Gelarden
Executive Producer: Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, JoJo Ryder, George Castrounis, Michael Wexler, Arcadiy Golubovich, Jack Nasser, Joseph Nasser, Aliaune "AKON" Thiam
Producer: Tove Christensen, Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan, Georgy Malkov, Vladimir Poliakov
Production Company: Glacier Films
US Sales Agent: Paradigm
International Sales Agent: Voltage Pictures
2014 | 39th TIFF - Toronto Intl Film Festival, Canada | Sept 4 - 14
* Selection - Special Presentations
* Premiere Status: World Premiere