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Heist Movies

Author: JOEL | Grade: 8 | Year: 2006

"Because, the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big and then you take the house."

That, my friends, was a quote from a brilliant ex-con named Daniel Ocean when he was explaining to his friend, Rusty, why it would be a good idea to pull of one of his many heists. Because that's what you need when you're pulling off a heist. A reason. That's what I take into account whenever I'm about to steal from a bank or a casino. I'm not going to steal from anyone who doesn't deserve it. I learned that after I was in prison for 4 years.

Did I trick you? Did you believe that I was a convict? Well, I was acting. Just like George Clooney was doing when he said that quote. Daniel Ocean is the character he played in Ocean's Eleven. When I was saying my convict monologue, I saw that a lot of you were very interested in the idea of sticking it to the man. The most intense way to do this, by entertaining the audiences every time is making a movie about a heist or a robbery. Heist movies, like the robberies themselves are very hard to plan and make. I'm going to talk to you about how to create a heist movie and maybe by the end, you will be able to make one yourself.

When a writer is writing a heist movie, there are certain characters that they need to write into the script in order to have a successful movie. Writers are so committed to doing this that they have made nicknames for each character.

First is the "Idea Man" or the "man behind the plan" who is the character who plans the heist and is the smartest character in the movie. He is considered the leader of the group.

"The Pro" is the "Idea man's" partner or assistant and usually plays a big part in the heist. The "rookie" is the new member of the crew that is brought in at the last minute. At the beginning the "rookie" always messes up and nobody likes him, but at the end he shows up and saves the day. Every good heist movie also needs a "Basher", who is good with explosives and usually has a bad temper. And last but not least, the "eye in the sky" who is good with computers and taps into security cameras and cell phone signals. Of course, there always has to be a scene where the "eye in the sky" is delayed and he says:
"Just one second, just give me one minute."

Heightening the intensity in that scene and of course, there has to be at least one character in the movie, who has a rough British accent, leading to some comic relief.

"So unless we're gonna do this job in Reno, we're in Barney. Barney Ruble. TROUBLE!"

But a heist movie isn't just made with the characters, it needs a behind the scenes crew just as smart as the on-screen crew. As I mentioned before, the writer is an important member of the movie. Like the "Ideas man", he has to be the smartest person on set, because without a smart writer, you can't have a good script and without a good script you can't have a descent heist movie. Did anyone see Ocean's twelve? Yuck! Also, in your crew, you need a director that is very experienced and knowledgeable. They need to know every different camera shot there could be to keep the movie intense.

Well, heist movies are the only genre of movie where the bad guys are considered the good guys. They focus around one simple situation that happens in real life and exaggerate it completely. So in no way should you try and plan a heist with the information I just told you, because nobody really knows how to successfully plan a robbery, except those who actually already have, but they won't tell us unless they want to be arrested, So we'll have to leave all of our heist knowledge to the movies and if you believed my acting at the beginning of this speech, me.