Marauders Blu-ray Review: A Bank Heist Movie Worth Watching

If the story had been tightened up a little bit, this movie would have gotten a lot more attention and been more successful.
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FBI agents Montgomery (Christopher Meloni) and Stockwell (Dave Bautista) are tasked with investigating a sophisticated group of bank robbers who got away with millions from the heist while killing a bank manager in the process. Due to the murder, they are forced to work with a local homicide unit lead by Detective Mims (Johnathon Schaech) in addition to taking on a rookie agent (Adrian Grenier).

In the course of the investigation, they become suspicious of the bank president (Bruce Willis) whose younger brother was recently kidnapped and murdered. When a second robbery occurs involving another death, they begin to believe that there is much more going to with this band of thieves and as they follow the twists and turns, the delineation between right and wrong becomes gray.

There are so many bank heist movies, and this one is unique enough to make it worth watching. It does get very complicated and somewhat convoluted along the way. I'm still not really sure about some aspects of the story. If only the story had been tightened up a little bit, this movie would have gotten a lot more attention and been more successful.

Meloni and Bautista's performances are the standouts. Meloni's tortured character is well developed and the most interesting. Willis calls in his small role, which is unfortunate since he is one of my favorites and a main of the reason I wanted to see it.

The film is shot impressively. The look and feel is dark and foreboding. The robbery scenes are especially well done with not only the action being intense but the sound too.

The special features provided include a commentary with director Steven C. Miller and cinematographer Brandon Cox. "The Making of Marauders" is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with interviews of and the cast and crew, and lastly, there are deleted and extended scenes.

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