All Victor Kelly (Christopher Walken) really wants is to be a responsible man, earn an honest living and, in so doing, redeem himself for the lifetime of trouble he has brought down on his small, fractured family. But Vic’s skills as an auto mechanic are not nearly as marketable as his safe-cracking skills, and he soon finds himself risking everything for a chance to make an easy score. Set against the unique, ethnically diverse backdrop of the Sunnyside, Queens neighborhood of New York City, The Opportunists is the story of a proud man, who can’t seem to do the right thing, no matter how hard he tries. Released by First Look Pictures.
Three dimensional characters and solid performances highlight this crime caper that goes awry. However, we cannot recommend this film because it glorifies thievery. During the time of the Hayes Code, Hollywood was restricted in how it could portray crooks. Men had to serve time for their misdeeds. Now, we sit there rooting that they will get away with their crimes. In recent years, nearly every film that showcases the lead as a gangster of some sort, shows him getting away with his illegal activity. I’m beginning to wonder if this may be an unhealthy message and a sad commentary where moviegoers are pleased that the bandits get away with larceny.