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Directed by Nimród Antal
Produced by Sam Raimi
Josh Donen
Dan Farah
Written by James V. Simpson
Starring Matt Dillon
Jean Reno
Laurence Fishburne
Amaury Nolasco
Milo Ventimiglia
with Skeet Ulrich
and Columbus Short
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release date(s) December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04)
Running time 88 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Gross revenue $18,504,342

Armored is a 2009 American crime thriller film directed by Nimród Antal, written by first-time screenwriter James V. Simpson, and starring Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne. It was released on December 4, 2009.[1]



Ty Hackett (Columbus Short) is an employee at the Eagle Shield armored car company. He is a former Marine with service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but was forced to come home after his parents died and he was the sole remaining adult relative who could take guardianship of his brother Jimmy (Andre Kinney). The armed escort teams are supposedly closely-knitted like real brothers. In a bar or pub after a heist prank played on Hackett, there were several talk about historical attacks on Eagle Shield Security. It was revealed that Ashcroft (Fred Ward), their immediate supervisor, was once involved in an escort that were ambushed. There were no payouts because he was the sole survivor who stopped the ambush, walks with a cane as an injury result and got promoted. This is a very important element in the ending of this movie. In the other job, the Abilene job, the team supposedly exchanged USD 4 million in return for one of their team members life. However, the raiders were never caught or heard again and it was believed that the escort teams involved staged it all and took the money for their own. After the bank threatens to foreclose on his house, Hackett finds himself in need of additional money to help make ends meet. While attempting to come up with a way to make more money, Hackett is approached by Mike Cochrane (Matt Dillon), one of the men who he works with at the armored car company (and the godfather for Ty and Jimmy), who has devised a plan to steal money being transferred from the Federal Reserve to the local banks in advance of a bank inspection. This was going to resemble the Abilene job. Upset that it would contradict his principles, Hackett turns down the offer and leaves for his home. Upon arriving, he finds a welfare worker who reveals that Hackett's brother has missed most of the school year, and that the absences have prompted the state to consider placing Jimmy in a foster home.

The following morning, Hackett arrives for work. And after receiving assurances from Mike that the plan will not leave blood on his hands, Hackett reluctantly agrees to go along with the heist. Hackett and the other thieves are dispatched in two trucks to collect 42 million from the federal reserve, and after a radio check with their superiors the thieves set their plan into motion by driving to an abandoned steel mill located in a radio dead-zone. Here the team begins to unload the money for storage, intending to collect the cash after the heat from the heist dies down. The group offloads half of the 42 million from the first truck, but their plan takes an unexpected turn when one of the guards, Quinn (Jean Reno), notices a homeless man living in the mill observing the offloading process. A chase ensues, which results in the thieves catching the man, but when he attempts to flee again Baines (Laurence Fishburne), a guard armed with a shotgun, shoots him. This causes Hackett to have a change of heart, but as he attempts to get the homeless man into one of the armored cars, Mike pulls out his gun and kills the man, stating that he had no choice. Upset over this, Hackett barricades himself inside the truck with the remaining 21 million. After an attempt to flee in the truck fails, Hackett sets off the truck's alarm, which catches the attention of a local sheriff's deputy, Jake Eckehart (Milo Ventimiglia).

Baines pulls out the fuse to the siren, turning it off, but Eckehart finds it anyway. He gets out of his car and goes to investigate, but Mike stops him before he enters, and claims to be a security guard for the abandoned steel mill. Just as Mike convinces Eckehart to leave, Hackett successfully restores power to the truck's alarm. In a panic, Baines fires his weapon again, incapacitating the officer. When the thieves get into an argument over what do about this latest setback, Hackett takes the opportunity to debark from his disabled truck. He retrieves Eckehart and sets fire to the stored money before returning to his truck. Once the truck is secured, Hackett dresses the deputy's wounds as best he can. The remaining thieves devise a plan to break into the truck by knocking off the hinges, which will allow them to remove the doors. One of the men, Dobbs (Skeet Ulrich), begins to have second thoughts about the operation as he goes over to the truck, wanting to help Hackett stop them. Dobbs agrees to try and get the fuse to the siren again, but is caught trying to pickpocket it out of Mike's jacket. They tell him that everything will be okay, but then Dobbs' partner, Palmer (Amaury Nolasco), stabs him to death.

While the men attempt to remove the hinges from the door Hackett discovers that the floor in the back of his truck has a panel that can be removed. After covering the windows of the truck, Hackett successfully removes the panel, and taking the officer's radio, carefully works his way to the roof to see if he can get a message out. His attempt succeeds, but Palmer catches him on the roof trying to make the call. Palmer holds Hackett up and threatens to shoot him, but Hackett talks him out of it. Palmer asks Hackett if he thinks "God" will forgive him, and jumps off the building, killing himself. Before the deputies arrive, the remaining thieves kidnap Jimmy and demand that Ty debarks from the truck. Hackett complies, and two of the remaining three thieves - Quinn and Baines - head for the money; however Hackett has rigged the money case with a booby trap, which detonates upon opening. The explosion destroys the money and kills both Quinn and Baines, leaving only Mike.

Enraged at the loss of all of the money, Mike chases after Hackett, who attempts to flee the scene in the deputy's car. After the car becomes disabled, Hackett flees on foot with the surviving truck in pursuit. Before Mike can catch Hackett his truck falls through a hole in the plant, which results in the death of Mike. In the final scene, Eckehart is debriefed at the hospital. As the officers leave the room Hackett stands, expecting to be taken in; however the men walk past him. Ashcroft then approaches and congratulates him, and hints at a reward for a job well done. The men exchanged glances before departing and the camera focuses on Ty's shocked expression implying that he finally understood that the same thing had happened to Ashcroft as per recalled by the team members in the bar at the beginning of the film. Ashcroft had stopped a self-stage heist from his team members resulting in all their deaths. Then Ty and Jimmy go home.



Filming took place in Los Angeles.[2]

Playstation network leak

Sony mistakenly released the movie onto their playstation network video sharing service and issued it for free. The movie was issued while it was still showing in theaters, and although the mistake was eventually spotted, it is thought it was downloaded thousands of times before the error was fixed.[1]


The film was not screened in advance to critics.[3] The film received mixed reviews, getting a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

A.O. Scott, in a The New York Times review, wrote that the Hungarian director, Nimród Antal, "has an old-fashioned, functional style. [...] He has made an unabashed B movie: basic, brutal and sometimes clumsy, but far from dumb, and not bad at all."[3] The film doesn't minimize the seriousness of killing and conveys a bleak outlook on economic blight "with quiet passion and conviction", Scott wrote. The cinematography of Andrzej Sekula (whose work also appears in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction) helps capture that mood, according to Scott.[3]

The film was accidentally released by Sony on Playstation Network for free, though was pulled after an unspecified amount of time. However, the film had a huge number of downloads. It was confirmed that the film finished its processing for digital download.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Siegel, Tatiana (January 24, 2008). "Fishburne, Reno get 'Armored'". Variety. Archived from the original on November 28, 2009. Retrieved April 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Scott, A. O., "Truck Heist Hits a Skid In a B Movie With a Soul", review, The New York Times, p C9, December 5, 2009, retrieved same day

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