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Columbus Day

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Cast: Marg Helgenberger, Val Kilmer, Wilmer Valderrama, Bobb'e J. Thompson

Director: Charles Burmeister


Year: 2008


After the heist of his life, a thief hides out in a city park as he plans to strike a deal to unload the stolen goods. There, he begins an unusual friendship with a precocious boy, prompting him to reach out via phone to his ex-wife and estranged daughter, who he hopes will reunite with him now that he is about to be rich. As his business deal begins to unravel, he fights to keep the kid out of harm's way and escape to Florida to join up with his family.

Columbus Day is an action/thriller laced with drama,John Cologne is a thieve who plans on finally getting out of the business after getting the cash for the goods. He hangs out in Echo Park waiting, and after meeting a little boy he begins having thoughts about the past life he had and misses. Val Kilmer is John, on the outside he seems to be nothing more than a typical thieve but under all that he is a complex person with real life issues and Kilmer delivers on bringing this character to life like only he can. I have seen a few of his most recent movies and found them to be ok at best but nothing I am use to seeing him in so I was curious to check this one out and I wasn't disappointed. The chemistry between him and the little boy played by Bobb'e J. Thompson could not be better and that was very important as they are the central characters here. Forget that this is a heist movie because that is only a sub plot in what is a superbly acted and directed movie about friendship what is most important in one's life. Writer/Director,Charles Burmeister does a fantastic job combining the movies themes and at the same time giving it great pace and most importantly getting the most out of his wonderful cast. Columbus Day is a rare crime film that has so much going it,the acting, editing, cinematography and the music are all fantastic. Combining thriller,drama,action and suspense makes this a must-see film and Val Kilmer's fantastic performance makes this a must own DVD. Released by Starz / Anchor Bay Entertainment. **** Out Of *****