The Code , released in 2009, is a fabulous crime movie. The crime involves crime-world intrigue, two Faberge Eggs worth twenty million dollars each, and a devout New York City Police Department Lieutenant Weber (Robert Forster) who has dedicated his career to catching Ripley (Morgan Freeman), a notorious jewel thief. Ripley is the most slipperiest of thieves, has the uncanny ability of alluding the law.
The plot thickens when Ripley recruits Gabriel from Miami (Antonio Banderas) as his partner. Ripley is deeply indebted to the Russian Mob and knows he cannot do the heist alone to settle his debt. Gabriel is a two-bit burglar who for unknown reasons pulls off a particular jewel burglary on the Subway that impresses Ripley enough to follow him and propose a partnership to Gabriel, including Gabriel on his plans for stealing two Faberge Eggs circa 1917 a.d. from the famous jewelry cartel Romanov's in New York City. Not an easy task; virtually impossible. At first Gabriel balks. The Russian Mob kidnaps Alex (Radha Mitchell), Ripley's god-daughter, thereby insisting both Ripley and Gabriel do the heist; giving both no choice. Alex's life is on the line. They have to do this to save her.
I truly appreciated Lieutenant Weber's (Robert Forster) dedication to catching Ripley in the act. How Weber was in the background with his people working toward Ripley's arrest; simultaneously the FBI telling Lieutenant Weber it was their jurisdiction and to lay off.
The Code has an excellent plot and tender romantic subplot. This film had me on the edge of my seat the entire 1 hour 43 minutes. This movie has an excellent cast, script, and special effects. The overall expertise exhibited in this movie by all involved with its creation was superb. Hats off to entire cast and crew!
Rest of primary cast in order of appearance: Rade Sherbeldgia (played Nicky/Victor), Stefan Shitlerey (was Giorgi),Vladmir Kolev (portrayed Andrei), Todd Jensen (FBI Commissioner Morelli), and Deyan Donkov (as Gregor Romanov).
The Code is rated R and available on DVD. Highly recommend for those who love a good mystery or crime to solve. This is one movie not to be missed, especially if an Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman fan!
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