The Score (2001)

“After this no more jobs. This is the last one I’m doing. I’m quitting for good.” – Nick Wells

Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Oct 2001 and 25 Feb 2022)

Brief Synopsis – An aging thief is convinced to partake in one last deal before he retires from crime for good.

My Take on it – Fun thriller that works due to the stellar cast.

Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando are all great here and help make these characters so enjoyable to watch.

They do a wonderful job here explaining the heist and how things will play out.

They expertly avoid getting too technical which helps keep things on the level as the plot unfolds.

Loved the way that the story has some nice twists and turns along the way that enhance the story because they take away some of the aspects that could be seen as being far too predictable along the way.

The film also is able to show how great an actor Norton can be because of the way that he takes on a whole different persona for his undercover work and that also helps keep things more engaging and enjoyable to watch unfold.

The idea of one last heist before retirement is a movie trope that has been used quite often over the years, yet they find ways here to keep it feeling fresh and unique despite this.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Marlon Brando took to calling director Frank Oz “Fozzy” and “Miss Piggy” during this movie. Oz has been the voice of Fozzy Bear and Miss Piggy in the various Muppet productions since the beginning. Brando’s hazing of Oz over his work with the Muppets got so bad that Robert De Niro was forced to direct Brando instead, with Oz giving him instructions via headset. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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