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“Entertaining and edge-of-your-seat
  exciting, Armored’s all-star cast lead
  you nicely into this heist thriller about
  the crew of a security van tempted
  into stealing millions of dollars in the
  firm belief that they will get away
  with it — until something goes horribly

WORKING WITH HIS GODFATHER Mike Cochrane (Academy Award-nominee Matt Dillon: Best Supporting Actor, Crash, 2004) escorting a security van, Ty Hackett (Columbus Short: Stomp The Yard) feels safe. Until the bank threaten to repossess his home and leave him and his younger brother Jimmy (Andre Jamal Kinney) on the street.

When his workmates decide to risk their lives when by embarking on the ultimate heist against their employer, Eagle Shield Security Transport, to steal millions of dollars in cash, Ty is reluctant to take part. But when a Child Welfare Agent (Lorna Raver) threatens to take his brother into care, decorated Iraq war veteran Ty knows he has to act fast and finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

Given just 51 minutes to transfer the $42 million, the crew hijack their own van and carry out their apparently foolproof plan to get themselves a fortune, with the reassurance that nobody will be hurt. But things begin to go terribly wrong when they're seen by a homeless man (Nick Jameson), who could cause them to lose everything.

Desperate and dangerous, the men start to fight among themselves and tragedy soon drives them apart. With Ty in a seemingly hopeless position and on a life-saving mission, he is finally forced to choose between the two people who need him most. And sometimes, even friends let you down.

Armored is a fine film, highly entertaining, nerve-wracking and well-paced with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked. The talented, all-star cast feed you red herrings while time flies by. The film features stunningly clear picture and sound that puts viewers smack in the middle of the action. Fans of heist films like Inside Man and The Italian Job won't want to miss Armored. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions contain great bonus features.

Filmed in part at Sony Pictures Studio, Culver City, California, Armored also features: Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code) as Quinn; Academy Award-nominee Laurence Fishburne (Best Actor, What's Love Got To Do With It, 1993; The Matrix) as Baines; Amaury Nolasco (Television's Prison Break) as Palmer; Fred Ward (Sweet Home Alabama) as Duncan Ashcroft; Milo Ventimiglia (Television's Heroes) as Eckehart; and Skeet Ulrich (Scream) as Dobbs. Music is by John Murphy; Director of Photography is Andrzej Sekula; Produced by Joshua Donen (upcoming Priest, Drag Me To Hell) and Dan Farah (The Legend of Awesomest Maximus, Visioneers); Written by James V Simpson, making his screenwriting debut with Armored; and Directed by Nimrod Antal (upcoming Predators; Vacancy). Executive Producers are Debra James (The House Bunny, Next) and Russell Hollander (Good Luck Chuck; Malibu's Most Wanted).

After keeping audiences on the edge of their cinema seats, Armored revs up for no-holds-barred action and suspense as the explosively entertaining, action-packed heist thriller comes to Blu-ray and DVD, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, on 31 May (2010). RRP: Blu-ray 22.99; DVD 17.99 | Certificate: 12 | Running time: 84 minutes.

DVD Bonus Features include: Producer and Cast Commentary | Making Of Featurettes: Planning The Heist; Making Of, Featuring Cast and Crew Interviews | Crash Course: Stunts, Spotlighting The Choreography Behind The Film's Breakthrough Action Sequences | Armed And Underground Production Design: How The Filmmakers Achieved The Film's Uniquely Gritty Look

Blu-ray Bonus Features include all of the above plus exclusive bonus features that include the BD-Live enabled movieIQ+sync, which lets viewers access live information about the cast, crew, music and production trivia of Armored — all while watching the movie. You can go beyond the disc via an internet-connected Blu-ray player. Download content, give feedback through an exclusive survey and register for rewards. Viewers can also get the full movieIQ experience on their computer or iPhone by linking to their Blu-ray player.

"Armored is a fine film, highly entertaining, nerve-wracking and well-paced with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar