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Henry's Crime
Keanu Reeves, James Caan, Vera Farmiga
Directed by Malcolm Venville
Fox Home Entertainment 2011
108 minutes

Henry’s Crime is a billed as a crime comedy Blu-ray. It takes an hour for the crime to get started. The comedy takes longer than that. This movie has a good premise: guy who went to jail for not really robbing a bank gets released and decides to rob the bank in a since he did the time he may as well do the crime philosophy. The problem is partly that the Henry’s Crime forgets its main plot and mostly that it stars Keanu Reeves.

The bank vault is connected by a forgotten prohibition era tunnel to the theater across the street. Henry (Reeves) and career con man Max (Caan) start hanging around the theater. Henry starts dating the theater’s lead actress in an upcoming production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. He then most improbably gets cast in one of the roles when the actor originally slated to play it gets a better offer. An hour into the movie Max and a buddy are finally digging the tunnel through Henry’s dressing room while Henry is rehearsing on stage.

Reeves plays Henry with all the emotions of a bowl of soup. His total lack of energy and definition makes getting into Henry’s Crime almost impossible.

James Caan does what he can as the old con Henry talks into helping him but the poor guy is given very little to do.

Vera Farmiga plays Julie, the lead actress in The Cherry Orchard and the movie’s love interest. She gets a bit more to do but is about as talented as Julie is in the play.

Meanwhile Reeves just stands around and delivers his lines like an automaton.

Henry’s Crime is the movie itself. Stick to the trailer.

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