Rob the Mob (Blu-ray)

July 7, 2014 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Michael Pitt plays Tommy Uva, he and his girlfriend Rosie (Nina Arianda) try to rob a floral shop, but are caught. The two of them do jail time, but Tommy serves more. Rosie finds a job at a collection agency, and eventually Tommy gets a job there as well. They’re still barely making ends meet. That is until Tommy hatches a scheme to rob a mafia club. He learns (through sitting in on a mafia trial) that no guns are allowed in this club. The film is based on a true story set in Brooklyn in the early 90’s. During the robbery it’s clear that Tommy doesn’t really know what he’s doing. He even tells Rosie that he’s unsure how to use an Uzi. Still, he’s successful at the robbery. The guys who were robbed then try to piece together who it was that robbed them. Tommy continues to do more robberies throughout the course of the film, building nicely to its inevitable conclusion. There’s also a small subplot where Tommy threatens one of the men with ratting them out after he says he’s obtained a list that could ruin the entire family. He obtains much of this information from sitting in on various court hearings. Anyone is free to walk in and watch.

Rob the Mob also has a fine supporting cast worth mentioning. Andy Garcia, Ray Romano and several others show up. It’s also worth noting that there is a small bit of humor involved in the film. Thankfully, it’s subtle and doesn’t overpower the main story or undermine the tension. I enjoyed a moment in the middle of the film where Tommy robs the club with several Senior citizens. One of them argues insists that he not take his wallet or his bus pass. The others then chime in that it’s only fair that they get to keep their bus pass as well. The film is worth watching and moves at a reasonable pace, but some moments tend to lag. They don’t cause the film to collapse, but I think a slightly stronger focus would’ve benefited the final film. With a bit of trimming here and there, this could’ve made a stronger impression. The cast and central premise do enough to keep things interesting, however. Rent it.

Video: How’s it look?

The image, while not overly flashy, still serves the film well. Colors were always nice and smooth, accurate flesh tones, details strong throughout. The print is clean and free of noticeable defects. Articles of clothing and the textures are given nice details as well. I learned that this 1.85:1 ratio has been modified from the wider 2.35:1 that it’s listed as. I still think it works well enough that fans shouldn’t complain.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We get a Dolby True HD track that is also fine, but nothing to write home about either. It started a little flat, but did seem to get better as the film went on. Vocals were always front and center with no major issues. Surrounds aren’t used too often, but there are some instances of strong background city noise that adds to the track. Fans will be pleased as there is nothing serious to complain about it. It serves the film nicely.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  •  Audio Commentary – The Director provides a running commentary for the film. It’s fairly insightful and worth checking out.
  • Deleted Scenes – We get three scenes here.
  • Previews

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