A suspensful thriller which will have you rooting for the father.

Heist, Blu-ray (2015)

Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Robert De Niro, Kate Bosworth, Gina Carano
Director: Scott Mann
Video: 16:9 1080p HD color
Audio: English DTS-HD MA audio
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Studio: Lionsgate [12/29/15]
Extras: Commentary track by director, Deleted & extended scenes, “The Making of Heist” featurette, Cast & crew interviews, Trailer gallery
Length: 93 min.
Rating: ****

Vaughn (Morgan) is a vet and works for a casino owner, The Pope (Niro). Vaughn’s sick young daughter will be taken off the transplant list if he doesn’t get the huge amount of money soon to pay for it. He decides to hook up with a fellow far more criminal to rob his boss of three million. Things go wrong and they are forced to hijack a city bus. The action-packed and emotional scenes are actually filmed aboard the bus. You can’t help rooting for Vaughn even though what he’s doing is highly illegal. Next to the other guy he’s a saint.

This is one of the best straight-to-video films out there, quite exciting to watch and similar to some great films of the past. The female cop also has a major role and in the end makes it possible for Vaughn to get out of his predicament. The De Niro character has a change of heart at the end (partly because he’s dying) and frees Vaughn from his violent enforcer.

—John Sunier