Henry’s Crime looks and sounds as if it is going to be a really good film, but in actual fact I was rather disappointed when I finally got to watch it. I would give this film 3 stars, as it has it’s good points, but they are offset by plenty of negatives.
The premise of the story is good, a man locked up for a crime he did not commit decides that he may as well go ahead and commit the crime after his release from prison. The film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Johnny Mnemonic) and James Caan (The Godfather, Misery) as former cell mates turned accomplices.
I have always been a fan of Keanu Reeves, which added to my anticipation of watching Henry’s Crime, but I have to admit that in this, I agree with the people who say that his acting is wooden. Although a lot of it seems to be intentional there are times when you feel he just isn’t trying. Or maybe he is – which is worrying.
The one thing which carries the film more than anything is the performance of James Caan who is magnificent as ever, and downright scary in places. Also good and eclipsing Keanu Reeves is his co-star, Vera Farmiga (The Manchurian Candidate, The Departed) who plays the role of self-centred actress to perfection.
Henry’s Crime is billed as a comedy, but although it is is mildly amusing in a few places, comedy is a bit of an exaggeration, in fact it even gets quite boring after a while.
Included on the disc are interviews with the cast and crew and a theatrical trailer.
All in all, Henry’s Crime is an okay film, fairly entertaining but will never set the world on fire.