Henry Torne (played by Keanu Reeves) is a tollbooth operator in Buffalo. His is a straightforward but uneventful life. One day, an old school acquantance arrives at Henry’s house and tricks him into being part of a bank robbery. Henry is caught, takes the rap and is sent to jail, where he meets his cell mate Max Saltzman (by James Caan), who prefers jail to the outside world. Henry maintains he didn’t commit the crime he was jailed for – to the amusement of the other prisoners. When he is released, his life is empty – until one day near the bank he was jailed for robbing, he meets the beautiful Julie Ivanova (by Vera Farmiga) who is part of a drama group working in a nearby theatre. By chance, Henry finds out about a tunnel under the bank and he hatches a plan to actually rob the bank he was already convicted of robbing.
This movie has its ups and downs. The scenes that involve any combination of the three of the stars are very entertaining – the characters begin to emerge from the screen with amusing dialogue, good performances and good pace. However, the rest of the movie doesn’t really have much to offer. It would be okay to watch if you had time on your hands and it was on free-to-air television.
Made in 2010. Directed by Malcolm Venville.