Henry's Crime

(2010)

Genres: Comedy

Review: Henry's Crime

Transcript for Review: Henry's Crime

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Ok, thank you so much for that Roger. Our next movie is "Henry's Crime," a comedy starring Keanu Reeves as a guy who goes to prison for a bank robbery he didn't commit. But that's OK with him. Reeves plays Henry, who's stuck working the overnight shift at a toll booth in Buffalo. When some high school friends ask him to play softball one day -- and stop at the bank first -- he ends up spending time behind bars for driving the getaway car. That gives him a chance to start over -- and it gives him an idea.

Clip 1 -- Henry visits Max in jail


CHRISTY:

That's James Caan as Henry's cellmate, a smooth-talking con who ends up helping with this scheme once he gets out. 

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CHRISTY:
The plan involves digging through an old bootlegger's tunnel that connects the bank vault with the town's community theater, where they're staging Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard." Vera Farmiga is the play's brassy and volatile star.

Clip 4 -- Julie at rehearsal


CHRISTY:

Now I don't want to tell you where "Henry's Crime" goes from here, because while it may seem a bit predictable, the writing is so smart and so snappy -- and the performances are all so great -- it all feels fresh. This is a very clever little movie that is definitely worth seeking out. Thumb’s up.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
You know Keannu Reeves ahs this natural blankness where he sort of as this air where he is an amnesiac who doesn’t really remember who he is, but he doesn’t want anybody else to know and I think borrowing like an adapation of Barnaby the Scrivener, this is a perfect conduit for this role for that particular quality that he has as an actor and I think everyone in this film is equally perfectly cast.  I mean I’ve gotta say this has gotta be James Caan’s best performance in at least 20 years.

CHRISTY:
Decades yeah.  No, I love Keanu Reeves in this.  I think it’s a brilliant bit of casting.  The idea that he is Neo, he’s the one, but here he’s a tollbooth guy, he’s a blank slate and yet, again I don’t want to give too much away, but he gets a chance to show there’s a lot more to him than that, he gets to sort of flip a switch and become a totally different guy sometimes and that is hugely captivating because you’re like, where did that come from…

IGNATIY:
And there’s an eccentricity to the film, but it doesn’t become, I think it doesn’t become gratingly quirky.  

CHRISTY:
Like so many independent comedies are.

IGNATIY:
Yeah, like so many independent comedies.  There are all of these odd bits to it.  There is a really great…the soundtrack to the film which is all stuff off of Daftone Records, a lot of kind of soul revival.  Sounds you know everything about this film is kind of unusual, but it all works.  You know, I found this really entertaining and a lot of fun.

CHRISTY:
Yeah I always like Vera Farmiga.  I know she prefers to do supporting roles, but wherever you see her whether it’s this or Up in the Air, or The Departed, you always want to see more of her, so she’s great in this.

IGNATIY:
Yeah, no she’s really good in this. It’s true.