L.A. Takedown Reviews
material which Michael Mann created after long-lasting struggle to make
his dream movie come true.
Mann decided that he waited enough for a big-time production and to use
this great script for TV release with the intention to continue it to a
But, let's get to the point...
1.1 I've read the 1994 revision of the script, which included
unrealized shots and dialogue in the 1995's "Heat". The good thing
about "L.A. Takedown" is that you have the chance to see some of those
good lines and additional storyline, which serves as a bonus to what
you already saw in "Heat".
1.2. Directing was very decent, but anyway I wouldn't recognize it that
Mann stays behind it if I didn't knew already.
1.3 You can see the growth from the original version to the remake as
Heat. Comparing LA Takedown to Heat you can recognize the development
and decisions which Mann took in order to make "Heat" such a classic
that it is.
2.1 Poor Cast & Acting. Since it is TV low budget movie I guess we
couldn't expect more but this was some "piece of work". Hanna's
character was developed Okay, but that's all. Patrick McLaren (a.k.a.
Neil in Heat) was a complete nightmare, it doesn't correspond to the
image you can visualize in the script. I know that the benchmark is too
high having such a great cast for Heat - comparison is out of the
question.. Nevertheless those wanna-be actors on LA Takedown doesn't
even deserve to be chosen for a porn movie with a storyline...
3. Bottom line: if you are a fan of "Heat" and Michael Mann - see it
for the above mentioned pros.. It's like looking at the draft of Mona
Lisa or some other masterpiece - so it is kinda of interesting... If
you are not a fan - then it is a waste of time.
Look out for it on DVD. Be interesting to see....