This week in theaters is Henry’s Crime, a sweet, cops and robbers film, with a bit of a romantic -omedy edge hits theaters with Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga. All I can say is that if you can find it, you should see it. It’s a sweet film, with a lot of interesting twists that gives it, it’s own edge in the sea of mundane cinema.

The Plot:

Henry’s Crime centers on a man who’s down on his luck, who joins a play in order to successfully pull off a bank heist. It sounds ridiculous, but there’s more. He falls in love with his leading lady all the while getting advice from a convict who happens to really love prison.

The Players:

  • Directed by: Malcolm Venville
  • Writing credits: Sacha Gervasi and David N. White (screenplay) and Stephen Hamel and Sacha Gervasi (story)
  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Judy Greer, Fisher Stevens
  • Cinematography by: Paul Cameron

The Good:

  • Vera Farmiga: She seems to be the woman to go to when you want a strong female to play the cliched male role but as a hot lady. She’s wonderfully insane and risks being completely unlikable (which is why she’s so interesting to watch and ironically quite likable) and really takes the comedy of this role as seriously as any major drama she’s impressed us in before.
  • It’s Cute: For such a convoluted plot, there are a number of rather sweet, and for lack of a better word, cute moments throughout the film that really make you side with it even in the most insane of situations.
  • The Last Line: Don’t worry! I won’t give it away, but it was a nice touch and much like the characters in the film are saying “damn the man” to the police force, this ending does the same to the cliched Hollywood ending — sometimes not giving us the answer gives us everything we need.
  • Mocking a Production: Film/theater — they’re different but the people who make them are equally as crazy and the filmmakers obviously know this. It was nice to see the insanity and behind the scenes banter portrayed in such a humorous and at times sadly realistic way.

The Middle:

  • Keanu Reeves: When in the right role, he’s amazing. This was ALMOST the perfect role for him. The simple, sweet character fit him perfectly, it’s just hard to believe that someone who would go through with such an elaborate plan wouldn’t have some kind of twist or dark side. Maybe that’s a writer/director choice, or maybe that’s a lack of character — either way, I was always waiting for that other shoe to drop and was slightly disappointed when it didn’t — though it did make me ponder and think more about his character!

The Bad:

  • Not Everything Makes Sense: There were definitely a few moments where your brain had to stretch in order for some concepts to fully work. Not enough to ruin the film or leave one disappointed, but they were there.
  • The Pace: There were a few moments where the pace felt a little slow and this might have been helped by a score. From what I can find, the film only had songs and a music supervisor, no composer, and it definitely could have been helped with a little bit of original music to keep it flowing.


It was a pleasent, fun film with a few moments of fine acting and a couple of chuckles. It’s any easy watch if you’re looking for something relaxing and not to emotionally strenuous or taxing, and it’s not without its clever moments that will keep you engaged.

Rating: 7/10

Henry’s Crime is in select theaters in LA starting April 15th


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