Written by John Delia
If you are a Keanu Reeves fan, then you won’t want to miss Henry’s Crime, now out on DVD. The movie, released in 2010, has a thin storyline, but the good acting overshadows this downside. His support cast includes nice performances by Vera Farmiga and James Caan, so the film can’t be all that bad. The film is directed by Malcolm Venville.
Billed as a comedy with romance, the film centers on Henry (Reeves) a naïve tollbooth collector who finds himself behind bars after some old school chums trick him into helping them rob a bank. He doesn’t turn in the others and serves four years in prison. During his stint he meets Max (Caan) who befriends Henry and protects him from his fellow cons.
Upon release Harry decides to return to the scene of the crime where he ‘bumps’ into Julie (Farmiga), an actress who performs at the theatre next door to the bank. When Harry finds out that there was an old tunnel leading from the theatre to the bank during prohibition, he formulates a plan to rob the bank that put him in prison.
Although I did have fun watching the predictable little film, I soon remembered why it was familiar: The Ladykillers. Of course if you didn’t see that film, then you won’t have to worry about déjà vu.
The format I watched is quite standard AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC and provides a nice presentation of the film especially if you have a digital television. Henry’s Crime is rated R and contains violence, language, drug use and adult situations. The running time is 1 hour and 48 minutes and is also available in Blu-ray.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A fairly good film with some good laughs.