By Natalie Paterson

To celebrate the release of Michael Mann’s newest film, Blackhat, TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting screenings of several of Mann’s other incredibly influential films released over the years. I was able to attend one of the two screenings for Heat, Mann’s powerful crime drama starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. The film, released in 1995, has De Niro playing Neil McCauley, a professional thief with Lt. Vincent Hanna, played by Pacino, hot on the tail of McCauley and his crew.

Without going too into detail of the plot (spoilers aren’t fun!), McCauley and his crew are looking to take on one final heist before going into retirement; one that will secure their financial situations for years to come. Hanna learns of the heist, and is determined to put McCauley and his crew behind bars once and for all, even after the two men gain a mutual respect for the other’s line of work and commitment to the profession.

This movie is one that keeps you on the edge of your seat, with very few pauses for calm moments. It’s a constant stream of high energy, action and adrenaline that will leave you wondering what’s going to happen next. I was shocked by the plot twists on more than one occasion. It’s definitely a worthwhile film to catch, even if it’s not on the big screen. Although if you wanted to, it is playing again on March 20th, so don’t miss out on that!

 Neon Nights: The films of Michael Mann runs until March 26th at TIFF Bell Lightbox.