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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Language, drugs in excellent true-crime thriller.

Movie R 2022 126 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Robert is/was a good man.

This movie caught my attention immediately. It's playful but not silly and will have you hoping the "robin hood" of the story gets away. I'm happy to see more movies such as this one, coming out with more goodness and less violence. It's a movie I would take my child to, for sure.

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While treading in familiar cat-and-mouse territory, this is still a true-crime thriller that's actually thrilling. Bandit is over two hours long, but the balance between the action and the story is so solid that it's easy to get lost in what's happening. Based on a true story, our "hero," played with charming gusto by Josh Duhamel, robs 59 banks in Canada, but the robberies aren't especially violent, and there are even some laugh-out-loud moments in how polite and Canadian the interactions are between the robber and tellers. There are a couple of moments of gratuitous nudity and violence, but on the whole, the action remains focused on the characters.

Again, it's a familiar-enough story of determined law enforcement pursuing a brilliant and elusive criminal, but the fun of it is that there's also some exploration of whether an anti-hero is born bad or if it's society's fault. Bandit takes a clear side in this debate at the outset, placing the action against the backdrop of the 1980s and Reaganomics (even though it's set in Canada, but never mind). As the movie progresses, some cracks in this viewpoint emerge, but Bandit is at its best when the story takes full advantage of that murky territory between heroes and villains.

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