8.30PM, GO! ★★ ★ ★
Vincent Hanna ( Al Pacino) is one of those cops who has been chewed up and spat out by the very system he used to believe in so much. He rails so hard against what he knows to be unjust that there is simply no room for justice in his own life. Then along comes chameleon crook Neil McCauley ( Robert DeNiro) and his crack troop of high- rolling thieves. McCauley is about to pull off the job of a lifetime, and woe betide anyone stupid enough to stand in his way. Unbelievably, this was the fi rst fi lm to bring together DeNiro and Pacino, and the scene in which they fi nally come face to face – a lengthy exchange in a late- night diner – is the highpoint of an intelligent and exciting actioner that’s jam- packed with great moments. A crack supporting cast includes Val Kilmer, Natalie Portman, Tom Sizemore and Ashley Judd.