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Tom Sizemore is No Cop

I am behind in everything because of illness. And then I worked this weekend to catch up at one of my jobs that actually pays me. But while I was sick, I had the opportunity to watch the movie Heat about five times. The main thing that struck me was Tom Sizemore

Tom Sizemore Close-up. When I first learned that Sizemore was part of that ever growing fraternity of "was once a junkie and who knows about now", I was not thrilled. All I thought was, well maybe he's not such a bad guy after all. But I found that I really liked him in Heat, and I realized it was because he wasn't playing a cop. I was always seeing him as a cop, which doesn't exactly inspire my friendliness. So here is Sizemore playing a really likable thief with a wife and kids. Hell, now I want to invite him over to hang.

Enough of Mr. Sizemore, however; we will return to him later. I want to talk about what is the worst aspect of this film Heat. Surprisingly, it is not Al Pacino's acting which is so far over the top, it's coming up from below. No, the worst part is Al Pacino's character (Vincent Hanna) giving his wife an example of the work he does and why he doesn't "share" with her. He tells her about a junkie who burned up his baby in a microwave because it was crying too loud.

Alright. Alright. Alright. Junkies do a lot of bad things. But this is just too much. I can image a junkie neglecting a child, but I'm pretty sure that a junkie is less likely than a straight person to do such an awful thing. But why not just tack "A junkie did" onto another phrase that means any bad thing you can think of? I'll tell you why not, because junkies already take the blame for far more bad than they are responsible.

The writer and director, Michael Mann, also fills the movie with drinking. But of course, nothing bad ever comes of that. Wake up, Mr. Mann, the reality is that those drinks are a lot more likely to lead to fried babies than the drug Mr. Sizemore may or may not have been doing in between takes of Heat.

by Dr. H © 2002


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