William Goldman is rewriting the remake of 1986 Heat, a Burt Reynolds movie. The remake is for Jason Statham to star and Brian de Palma is directing. What a combination!
What is very cool is that Goldman also wrote the screenplay for the original – now he’s changed it for a more modern tone.
The story centers on a recovering gambling addict. His job is providing protection in the rough edges of the gambling world, and he refuses gunplay. Instead, he uses hand and edged weapon combat. His friend is brutally beaten by a mobster, and he helps the victim seek out revenge.
If you are not familiar with Goldman, he wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as well as other classics. He even wrote about screenwriting in Hollywood called “Nobody Knows Nothing“.
All right, folks, strap in and keep your remotes handy because today I’m going to talk about Heat, one of the longest movies you’ll ever love.
The folks out at Warner Brothers sent me a copy of Heat, and you might be wondering why I’m talking about a movie this old. Well, it’s not like some of you haven’t heard of it, but it was just released on Blu-ray, so we’ve got a responsibility to cover it.
Heat features Val Kilmer and the gigantic concentrated awesome heap that is Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the same movie. It’s about a career thief who leads a team of thieves through an incredible robbery that nets the team just over a million and a half bucks in bearer bonds. The bonds were insured, so the only real victim here is the insurance company, and we’ve all been able to agree that they could have used a kick in the slats since 1995 anyway. Anyway, the fun really starts when the team tries to sell back the stolen bonds instead of laundering them.
Heat is a long–VERY long!–and incredibly involving tale of deceit, thievery and murder that’s actually very engrossing. I’d actually seen this one maybe five or six times over the last (nearly) fifteen years, so it was a welcome treat. But you will have to brace yourself adequately. Clear your calendar, get your snacks together in advance, because this is a LONG movie. Nearly THREE HOURS worth of long, in fact.
But the critical takeaway here is that it’s also really, REALLY exciting.
The Screenhead Ten Scale loves my taste in movies and hands this a seven out of ten for being a solid actioner with a lot of twists, even if it’s a bit too long.