So I come to the end of the two weeks off I had at home since Covid-19 led to the cancellation of my trip to Canada. I would have definitely rather have shown my husband the wonders of that beautiful nation, but instead have used the time to try and build some of the blog lead back that I lost thanks to my lost summer.
I am going to really miss watching so many films – but Heat was a cool watch for the Sunday before going back to work. It’s long, action-packed and it takes your mind off of the potential nightmare that awaits. Plus, there’s the added advantage of seeing the film that inspired one of the heists in Grand Theft Auto V – one of the many places where the influence of this film can be felt.
Along with Die Hard, Michael Mann’s Heat is pretty much as high as you can get in the world of critically acclaimed action films. I think that watching this has helped me realize that action movies may not be one of my favourite genres. Not that it was really in the running, but Heat is one of those films where I can see that this is a massive influence and really well made – but I thought it was really good rather than great.
The big thing that I was astonished about in this film was how quickly the time went by. This is a film where (credits removed) you have 160 minutes of plot, but the pacing is done so well that you don’t really feel it. The only real exception is when you get to the extremely long shoot out, where I began to get a bit bored of the exploration of every type of bullet hole in an every day object.
I think it is also mentioning the scene where Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are opposite each other in the cafe. It’s one of those scenes that people mention online and have a vague recollection of it being in a cringeworthy segment of The Graham Norton Show featuring Thomas Hiddleston. Maybe it’s because it was so bigged up about the power in this scene, or maybe because it’s the idea of getting these juggernauts of their generation acting together in the same scene – but I was left a bit disappointed.
It feels like I am dragging this film a bit, and I don’t mean to – Heat is a great film within its genre and one that is hugely influential and referenced in later works. I just think that this isn’t always the sort of film that hits for me.