2013 / Director. Dito Montiel.
EMPIRE STATE is based on the true story of one of America's biggest money heists. In the early 80s an armoured truck company were robbed of over ten million dollars. The men behind the robbery were a newly hired security guard and two neighbourhood criminals. With the police and FBI honing in on them, their world begins to shrink to the point of no escape. The true story lends itself well to a film adaptation but EMPIRE STATE is such a lacklustre and pathetic attempt at telling it. This is the type of story that ought to be taken seriously and it should have a gritty TRAINING DAY-esque feel about it or perhaps something resembling CLOCKERS in aesthetic. Instead EMPIRE STATE is riddled with cliches, stereotypes and sloppy storytelling. If it wasn't for Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth you could easily mistake it for a midday movie. Emma Roberts is also featured in the film and she's completely useless. She's not a terrible actress by any means but her talent is wasted. Her character serves no purpose whatsoever. There really isn't much left to say... at least nothing worthy of my energy. Hmm... reckon I might watch MONEY MOVERS now.... THAT'S how it's done!