There are movies that come along that may not seem like they have much to offer, but the stories end up being quite interesting. The latest, Rob the Mob takes on the mob genre with a true story, but not in a way most may expect. The film sports an interesting cast including Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, and Michael Rispoli but does it have the story to back it up or will it be a botched robbery?
Rob the Mob follows a Queens couple who specialize in robbing mafia social clubs that stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, becoming targets of both the mob and the FBI in the process. Glancing at the box art this film almost feels like it might be some sort of comedy and while it does have some amusing moments it is anything but. Knowing this is based on a true story makes this even more intriguing. It is one of those stories that are just unbelievable in regards to the way things went down. The world of the mob is interesting enough and filled with stories that out there in regards to how members of these organized crime families were brought down and this is one more of them. Michael Pitt is always great, but here he seems to be really enjoying the role and brings a simple mindedness to the character who knows little, but seems to be determined to become some sort of mastermind. The rest of the cast do a great job rounding everything out most notable Griffin Dunne whose character is a bit out there and adds a strangeness to the reality of it all. Ray Romano’s role is fairly small but plays an important part to the overall story and alongside Andy Garcia’s always great performance help to give this film the extra bump it needs. You wonder how two kids could possibly rob the mafia, but as the story unfolds and is explained it was actually the perfect plan had they listened to some of those around them. The very first robbery in the movie sets the tone and is pretty funny just due to the characters lack of experience.
This film tells an interesting story that most may not ever know occurred during the famed mob trials and thanks to the cast and good script manages to deliver. While this film isn’t breaking any new ground it manages to bring a side of the world of the criminal underground to film that most know nothing about. This is one of those surprising little films that entertains and enlightens a time that most are fascinated by and is sure to do it that much more.