"'Armored' starts slow but ends with a satisfying conclusion." – Movie Review

“Armored” is the latest attempt by Hollywood to look engaged and aware of the current economic condition. At its center is a character making less than a living wage and about to lose his home and the desperate lengths he considers going to in order to save everything.

Columbus Short stars in “Armored” as Ty, an Iraq war veteran who returns home to a crumbling neighborhood and a teenage brother to take care of. The bank is looking to foreclose on Ty's house and the only job he can get is a part time gig as a guard working for an armored car company.

Ty's pal Mike (Matt Dillon) got him the job and does what he can to help him out. Mike has a plan, with the help of 4 other guards they will set up a robbery of their own trucks. $42 million dollars can go a long way toward solving Ty's problems but he only agrees to go along after a threat by child services to take his little brother away.



The plan comes off without a hitch, initially. Hiding the trucks in an abandoned industrial building the crew begins off-loading the cash when Baines (Laurence Fishburne) shoots a homeless guy hiding in the building. Ty realizes then that things have gone too far so he locks himself in one of the trucks and looks for a way to turn things around.

Directed by Nimrod Antal, “Armored” gets off to an exceptionally slow start but once it picks up some speed it gets pretty entertaining. Columbus Short is a likable actor who holds the screen well as our hero. Matt Dillon as the villain is backed up by a strong supporting cast including Fishburne, Skeet Ulrich and Jean Reno.

As for how timely “Armored” is, the idea of a guy willing to rob an armored truck to save his house is more of a motivational conceit than a comment on our times. “Armored” is an action movie first and foremost and merely gains a bit of cultural cache from the conditions at the time of its release.

“Armored” is an old school action flick with good chase scenes, gunplay and a strong hero. Director Nimrod Antal takes a little while to get things going but the final act moves fast toward a satisfying action flick conclusion. If everything is tied up a little too neatly; call it a function of modern pop entertainment as modern audiences hate a down ending.

BYLINE:

Sean Patrick Kernan is a film critic. Check him out at: http://www.myspace.com/number1ramjamfan. Email Sean at sean@zoiksonline.com.

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