Since Ocean’s 11 release nearly two decades ago, the heist movie scene has been upgraded to a new level of brilliance. Heist movies have a way of drawing the viewer into a much-desired yet deeply suppressed need which humanity inherently have, to break free from the set structures of society, to break the rules and achieve the impossible. Through these scenes of brilliance, the villainous heroes are doing the dirty work for us, while the viewer remains consequence-free as handsome hunks and superhot women steal from the rich. Over the past years Danny Ocean and his courageous crew have managed to grip our attention many times, successfully pulling off a daring casino heist again and again, but what are the needed elements, the crucial ingredients to deliver on the perfect heist movie?
The structure of a great heist is often separated into three stages. A lot of time is spent on the planning phase, which is often the time when viewers get to know the personality of the characters. This stage is usually making up for the most significant time chunk of the screening time. The actual execution stage is the climax of the movie when it all comes together the crew overcomes specific unexpected challenges, and then very little time is spent on the escape from the crime scene. Nobody expects these heroes of the underworld to be caught. The fact that they do manage to walk away after pulling off something as daring as robbing the Bellagio is quite merely an afterthought.
This is vital the energy alive and viewers engaged. By this phase in the script, your audience is engaged and emotionally invested in the characters and an unexpected twist keep them that way. This is as a crucial part when individuals are added to perform the unexpected and the brilliant while the team usually have many crew members who don’t see eye-to-eye. This part often includes a humorous element.
Pulling off some of the most daring heists is never about the money alone. Yes, wealth is carrying a great allure, but in the perfect storyline, the robbery is driven by a desire, revenge, payback for some wrongs committed in past lives. Whatever the reason, the audience doesn’t care about the money; they care about why.
In no excellent heist movie has the viewers ever been rooting for anyone else than the villains. This is because they give their audience a reason to root for them. Through some twists in the tale, these criminals earn the affection, the support and the favour of their viewers again and again. The heist isn’t something that everyone would be able to do, yet it must be something that someone should be able to do. Being over the top and almost impossible is vital to success, but the viewers’ intelligence shouldn’t be underestimated. It should still be plausible.