- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 23, 2007
- Label: First Look Pictures
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Description by OLDIES.com:
In this downbeat drama, a reformed criminal finds himself led back to a life of crime. Fresh out of prison, former safecracker Victor Kelly (Christopher Walken) wants to support his daughter Miriam (Vera Farmiga) and Aunt Dierdre (Anne Pitoniak) with his new career in auto repair. But Victor's deep in debt, and he's in no position to say no when he and his Irish gangster cousin Michael (Peter McDonald) hook up with two security guards (Jose Zuniga and (Donal Logue) looking for someone who can open a safe. The Opportunists was written and directed by Myles Connell in his feature debut; the supporting cast includes pop singer Cyndi Lauper as Victor's girlfriend.
Part of this impression comes from easy pacing, of course, but it's reinforced by a simple story and low-key performances. Christopher Walken, in particular, plays the main character with measured but effortless quiet intensity, inward and reserved but not entirely closed. He makes even the tensest moments seem muted. It's this performance that only Walken could give in just this way that's the most engaging aspect of the film.
In terms of story this is a mild ex-con-gets-drawn-back-for-one-more-job heist movie. The setting is the suburban Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens in New York. Walken is the ex-con ex-safecracker who is having severe problems making ends meet while trying to make his way legally. His difficulties are presented to the point of redundancy, making sure we sympathize with him as a decent, ordinary man (as ordinary as an expert safecracker played by Christopher Walken can be) stretched to his limits. An element of mystery is added in a character claiming to be Walken's cousin from the old country, Ireland, who may not be who he claims to be. There are twists in the story, though I didn't find them surprising. One key twist was oddly telegraphed, maybe to add tension. There's enough suspense to hold interest. There is at least one rather large implausibility about the ending, but for the most part the story holds together well. There's some interesting detail in the heist preparation. Little violence, rated R for language.