In some alternate, happier Michael Mann universe, Robert De Niro just keeps driving to LAX and Pacino has the shootout with Kevin Gage’s Waingro. Justice wouldn’t be served, but I’d like that ending very much – and not just because it would be so unexpected. But even if we all know that De Niro and Pacino are going to shoot it out at the end, it all still works in this nearly immaculate thriller. A thriller that manages to be tense even as it if feels inevitable. Despite being a Mann fan, I’d somehow missed Heat – his most famous movie. I finally rectified that gap, and I’m damn glad I did. (Netflix)

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