HENRY’S CRIME

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Henry’s Crime” is about an unfulfilled man who is used as a patsy in a bank heist and is wrongly imprisoned. He figures since he did the time, he might as well do the crime and he happens upon an unusually accommodating gateway to the bank vault. Things become complicated when he is hit by a car by a local play actress and falls in love with her. I got the impression of classic Hollywood reminiscence within the romance aspect which portends to a beautiful and passionate resolution. The humor is quietly facetious and amenable but the ludicrous situations keep it from drying out. The main character Henry, played by Keanu Reeves leads an unfulfilled existence with nebulous ambitions and seemingly incurable apathy.

The accidental imprisonment of his body leads inexorably to the liberation of his spirit. His mentor inHenry shows no reaction to anything, to the extent that I wondered if he was supposed to be simple minded. You never know what he is feeling or thinking and, therefore, what his motivations are and, given the plot line, this is a serious failing. And it’s a failing in the conception of the character, not in Reeves’ acting, because Henry suddenly starts reacting and behaving normally about a third of the way through.

The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. But, you get a clean DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. The 1080p transfer is quite amazing, but it lacks any field of depth. For a film that was shot with a bigger cast, it shows the mistake of an indie crime film through and through. The back channels don’t get much sound play. There is a semi-haze permeating throughout the print and then it shows off no light during dark scenes. I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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