(USA) The best laid plans are often a bit like true love—rarely do they unfold as smoothly as you’d like them to. Or as MacGyver used to say, “The tighter your plan, the more likely you are to run into something unpredictable.” Clearly, the rogue security officers in Armored do not share his prescience because their supposedly idiot-proof plan (i.e. to rob their own security transport company of $42 million without hurting anyone) goes horribly wrong—despite assurances from Matt Dillon’s character that no one would get hurt.
When a movie is proudly marketed as being “From the producer of ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The Patriot’” and is “inspired” by a true story, you know you’re in for two hours of sighs, groans and repeated glances at your Seiko. Once again, producer Dean Devlin showcases his two most discernable skills: 1) the ability to make everyone in the theater feel they can construct a better movie script and 2) his ability to deftly avoiding piracy and leaks by having no semblance whatsoever of an interesting plot.
Rodney Saint James (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is an uptown rat living a pampered, domesticated life as a pet to a well-off family in London. His comfy world literally goes down the toilet, however, when gutter rat Sid (Shane Ritchie) invades his peaceful home and sends him spiralling down into the sewers, where he discovers an entire city of rats.
Symbolism and historical analysis made the The Da Vinci Code novel a fascinating read. Pity none of this is in the movie version.