The Heavy- The Movie
Of course we all know “The Heavy”, yes? No?
No not the UK group which did the song How Do You Like Me Now? Yes, the one featured in TV series and the KIA commercial. The Heavy is a movie, which features, of all people, Christopher Lee, (and no he did not bite anyone by the neck.) Back to our story–
The movie stars Gary Stretch and Vinnie Jones. While they may not be household names here in the USA, Gary Stretch was a lefty and won the light middleweight championship in Britain. Vinnie Jones on the other hand won fame on the pitch at Wimbledon where helped them to the FA Cup title over Liverpool and Jones captained the Welsh National Team. A tough guy on the pitch Jones moved from world football to pictures 1998 in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.
Christopher, Vinnie nor Gary’s personal lives are not the point of this article. The movie was panned by everyone I read. Horrible, terrible, and other common words were used. If one is going to bash something from their lofty perch, shouldn’t they use more eloquent words? On the surface the movie had no glaring edit holes, nor was the cinema that bad. Released in 2010, the movie did not seem a remake of any other genre. That may have been part of its problem for the reviewers, there was no easy to follow format.
The plot contained twists and turns, but, I figured it out about two thirds in. (That’s a credit because I’m usually better than that.) No tv blurb could do this film justice, as it’s about people, family and relationships. That may be the problem. The movie runs along a course much as underground stream, knowing it’s there and being able to see it are two different things. Emotions and history make up much of our lives, our subconscious drives most of us more than we realize. We act in ways which on the surface might seem odd to a stranger. Trying to capture that on film could be the shortfall of the film. Reaching for something does not always make it happen.
Rather than ruin the film, I suggest if one enjoys studying the human condition and the sometimes automatic responses we have in life “The Heavy” might be worth investing the time. The sound track was compiled by Paul Oakenfold, but, I cannot find a cut from the movie on any youtube vids.
No, the movie is not Macbeth, nor, should it be considered an attempt at such. But, art like music speaks to different people. Not many like the constant beat of the techno genre, I, personally, find it hypnotic, which is probably why a sub-sect of the genre is called Trance. Open minds are a great thing, if we have the capacity to open and close at will and understand the state of our present condition of the off/on switch. Viewing art and listening to music sometimes require that kind of awareness to benefit fully. The Trailer