Rob the Mob (2014)
Director: Raymond De Felitta
This movie is right up my alley. It has a lot of actors I like such as Andy Garcia, and Michael Pitt (of Boardwalk Empire) and puts them into a genre in which they are more than at home, a historical gangster piece. That may in fact be one of the movies few weaknesses, is that it is yet another entry into what is a very tapped out genre. That said though, I am a fan of the genre so I heartily enjoyed this offering. This movie tells the strange but true story of two young idiots (I say that with all love and respect) who decide upon the so stupid its brilliant plan of sticking up known mafia locations and robbing them blind. It’s stupid for obvious reasons, but they get away with it for quite a while due to the fact that this is all going on during the infamous John Gotti trials in New York. With that in mind, none of the mobsters are brazen enough to be packing heat in their preferred hangouts in case of a police raid, and of course, after they get robbed, it’s not like they’re gonna call the police themselves. So Tommy and Rosie (our main couple) go on leading double lives, holding down boring office jobs of a day, and leading these crazy adventures by night. The main boss of the family being robbed is played by Andy Garcia, who is portrayed as more of an annoyed grandfatherly type than a ruthless killer. Tommy and Rosie’s main ally is a New York journalist played by Ray Romano in a very strong performance. Michael Pitt is tremendous as the likable, but dimwitted dreamer in this movie, and Nina Arianda is also charming as his fiancée Rosie. That you come to actually like and care about these knuckleheads is a testament to the likability of the actors here. Seek this movie out if you are a fan of movies like “Donnie Brasco”, “Goodfellas”, or “The Departed”…. It’s not quite on that level, but it’s still very good.
Daily Inquiry: What’s your favorite gangster movie?