Armored (2009)

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A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.

"Armored" is a 2009 American criminal activity thriller movie directed by Nimród Antal and including an ensemble cast consisting of Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco, Milo Ventimiglia, Skeet Ulrich, and Columbus Short. The film revolves around an ill-fated heist effort staged by a group of corrupt armored truck guards.

Plot Summary
The lead character, Ty Hackett (Columbus Short), is an embellished Iraq war veteran having a hard time to support his family after his parents' death. He gets a task as an armored truck guard at Eagle Shield Security with the assistance of his godfather, Mike Cochrane (Matt Dillon). When his more youthful brother Jimmy almost gets taken into Child Protective Services due to financial problems, Ty accepts a seemingly safe proposal by Mike to take $42 million from their business, with the guarantee that nobody would be harmed at the same time.

The group of experienced armored transportation staff members comprises Mike, Ty, Baines (Laurence Fishburne), Quinn (Jean Reno), Dobbs (Skeet Ulrich), and Palmer (Amaury Nolasco). They hatch a strategy to fake a break-in effort, protect the money, and divided it uniformly. The plan starts efficiently, with the team deserting their armored cars in an isolated, abandoned steel mill and transferring the cash to a hiding spot.

Twist in the Tale
However, things take a turn when an unsuspecting homeless guy wanders into the mill and is faced by the team. Baines, who is uncomfortable with the scenario, shoots the guy, causing Ty to fight back and lock himself in one of the armored trucks eradicating Ty from the gang. From this point, the film turns into a survival story, with Ty inside the armored truck, and the rest of the gang outside attempting to burglarize the truck.

In a final bid to help secure his life and ethical standing, Ty initiates an SOS signal utilizing the truck's alarm. The movie climaxes with a law enforcement officer reacting to the call. A worried Dobbs shoots the officer, escalating the situation even more. Mike attempts to reason with Ty, he sidetracks Mike enough time for Ty to knock him out and to his death. Then Ty takes Dobbs and Baines out, saving officer Jake Eckehart (Milo Ventimiglia).

In the end, Ty leaves the scene with the enduring officer, leaving his erstwhile partners and the cash. The film ends with Ty being cleared of any participation in the attempted heist, thanks to the testament of Eckehart, followed by Ty returning house to discover Jimmy awaiting him with Child Protective Services.

"Armored" provides a high-tension, engaging cinematic experience loaded with plot twists, ethical disputes and edge-of-the-seat thrill series. With a runtime of 88 minutes, the movie is a mix of action and thriller that generally explores themes of loyalty, morality, and greed.

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