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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Maiden Heist DVD Review

The Maiden Heist - An E1 Films Release

DVD Release Date: November 24th, 2009

Rated PG for mature themes

Running time: 90 minutes

Peter Hewitt (dir.)

Michael LeSieur (writer)

Rupert Gregson-Williams (music)

Morgan Freeman as Charles

Christopher Walken as Roger Barlow

William H. Macy as George McLendon

Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Barlow

Our reviews below:


The Maiden Heist Review By John C.

***1/2 (out of 4)

The Maiden Heist is a hilarious caper-comedy, headed by an all-star cast including Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman and William H. Macy. Three security guards at an art museum each have a piece of art which they connect with. When they find out that the two paintings and a statue that they love so much are being moved to a different museum, they devise a plan to steal them, and replace them with fakes.

What ensues is a tale of suspense, that keeps the laughs coming right through to the end. I love a great caper and a good comedy, and this film delivers on both fronts. The Maiden Heist is definitely worth seeking out for a great evening in.

The DVD includes audio commentary with the actors, director and producer, deleted scenes and a blooper reel.


The Maiden Heist DVD Review By Erin V.

***1/2 (out of 4)

Unfortunately never getting a theatrical release, I think The Maiden Heist would have been very well received, both critically, and with public audiences. The story is that of three security guards at an art museum undergoing exhibit changes. The three, played expertly by Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and William H. Macy, each have a favourite piece in the original exhibit that they really connect to. Unfortunately, these three pieces are among the ones being replaced by new modern art, and moved to Denmark. Unable to let their beloved pieces go, they concoct a convoluted plan to steal the paintings and replace them with forgeries, before they lose them forever...

This is a fun, suspenseful, and well-written film that will be enjoyed by teens and adults. It really is quite well made, not too long, and with a well matched score by Rupert Gregson-Williams. Of course, the acting is great as well, but I would expect no less from the three leads...

If you can find it, definitely try to see this one. There is a trailer if you search for it on the internet, but as it shows a fair bit, I would suggest just watching the actual film.


The Maiden Heist DVD Review By Nicole

***1/2 (out of 4)

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The Maiden Heist DVD Review By Maureen

*** (out of 4)

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The Maiden Heist DVD Review By Tony

***1/2 (out of 4)

Roger (Christopher Walken), Charles (Morgan Freeman) and George (William H. Macy) are three art gallery security guards, each obsessed with a particular work. Sharing none of his interest in art, Roger’s beloved wife (Marcia Gay Harden), just wants to save her beauty salon tips for a Florida trip. When the gallery decides to swap its collection (for installations of crap–literally) with a Danish institution, they conspire to steal their pieces and replace them with fakes. As an ex-Marine (a proud veteran of the Grenada campaign) George tries to run the caper with military precision. With quirky twists along the way, the film is a joy to watch right to the end.

The only sad thing about The Maiden Heist is that due to business problems it is going straight to DVD with little promotion. I am sure that the obvious joy of the cast, all at the top of their game, have shared in this tiny perfect film is greater compensation than the millions cashed in by the principals of a silly vehicle like Old Dogs, which I am also currently reviewing.


Consensus: ***1/2 (Out of 4)

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