In Theatres: 
Dec 04, 2009
Running Time: 
88 minutes

Being an armored guard is a lot tougher than you would imagine. When transporting millions of dollars, you have to watch out for criminals and having all that money right in front of your face can be very tempting for some.

Ty Hackett (Columbus Short) is a novice armored guard  who is struggling with taking care of his younger brother and keeping the bank from taking their house. Veteran guards, led by Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, and Laurence Fishburne, are planing a heist of $42 million and want to cut Ty in. Despite needing the cash, Ty is reluctant to go with the although he eventually joins in the plan. Things take a turn when  the group shoots a cop who stumbles upon their plan and Ty ends up locking himself in the armored truck with the cash and the cop, waiting it out for help to arrive.

Armored started out decent, giving a little background to all the guards and focusing on Ty and Cochrane. It then begins to fall apart as by the time the heist occurs, the movie is practically half way done. With it being less than 90 minutes, it's over quite quickly. 

Aside from Short, the rest of the cast acts way too old for the film. Dillon, Reno, and Fishburne fail to create any suspense during the film. The cop, played by Peter Petrelli Milo Ventimiglia, really can be played by anyone as all he does is lie there and bleed. 

The biggest breath holder comes from trying to get into the armored vehicle by pounding a railroad spike with a giant metal instrument. With each pound comes a cringe  from the audience as it inches closer to the guards' bare hands. Other than that, you're just like, "okay, whatever."

By the time the film is over, you don't have any feelings towards either Ty or the rest of the guards. You're left with this empty feeling, wondering what you just watched. Plus, the entire story is utterly ridiculous. Anyone who thinks they can steal millions from their own armored car and get away scot-free is crazy.

Matt Rodriguez
Review by Matt Rodriguez
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