Nick Wells (Robert De Niro) is a thief that is ready to retire and live off of his ill-gotten gains with his lover Diane (Angela Bassett). He’s promised her that he has no more jobs to do and he’s ready to settle down.
That’s until Jack Teller (Edward Norton) shows up into his life. Nick’s friend has tempted him with a big job, a 16th century royal scepter worth $30 million to be exact. This time Nick has to work with the brash and hot headed Jack Teller.
Diane begs Nick not to take the job. She feels that something is just not right with this job. The score seems perfect until Jack gets greedy with the merchandise. Nick finds out who Jack really is and what he’s actually dealing with. Then it becomes a battle of wills between two con men.
The Score is a well thought out action crime thriller under the direction of Frank Oz. Of course I wouldn’t expect anything else from a man who has been perfecting his craft since the early 60’s through acting in, directing, and producing movies.
The Score offers just enough storyline and action sequence to keep a viewer at the end of their seat. The storyline and action sequences would not go smoothly without two very animated characters. I don’t think that the casting director could have picked two better actors for these two roles.
I have a feeling that viewers are going to build a love hate relationship with Jack Teller. Edward Norton plays one smooth con man with a disguise that everyone can fall in love with. His ability to change from a smooth talking con man to a mentally challenged employee is amazing. I literally found myself hissing at the television with Edward Norton’s character took a turn for the worst.
I loved Robert De Niro as the role of Nick Wells. Not only did he fit the character like a leather glove but also there was this quiet danger that was wrapped around the character. I like that in movie roles. I like the fact that people can send off energy that they have a dark history but it doesn’t have to be pushed in your face every minute. Robert De Niro’s character was just like that.
The Score, though is the classic con man takes one more job storyline, De Niro and Norton make it a pleasure to watch.