Review – Styx (2001)

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I have seen Styx a few times since it came out. Peter Weller generally gives a good performance and tends to choose roles he can do well in. Since the Millenials won’t have any idea who he is I will tell them he played Admiral Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Styx is your basic diamond heist movie. It has a bit of a low budget feel to it. Not a Walmart made with forced labor in a work camp in China low budget feel, more of a J.C. Penny’s/Sears/Marshal Fields kind of budget instead of Neiman Marcus type budgets we expect out of Hollywood. That’s a fair critique since Lions Gate put this out. Of course big budget usually means big flop for Lions Gate so I guess I should be thankful this movie felt quite a bit cheaper.

This movie is a reliably decent 94 minutes. There is no one scene which sticks in my mind as particularly good or bad. I have seen others give it much lower star ratings, but I feel they are comparing this heist movie with massive budget heist movies.

Styx is worth putting on your rental list or saving from the $5 or less discount bin. As I said, I’ve seen it a few times over the course of its life. It has a very comfortable feel to it. You might even want to add it to your “the weather sucks outside” DVD collection.

For other rental list ideas please check out list one and list two.

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