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The Opportunists The Opportunists

From Irish immigrant Myles O'Connell comes a slice of life, independent feature, filmed in six weeks that isn't very compelling.  It has, however, an allure from its directness and intimacy in dealing with its characters in a section of Queens, that isn't accessible to many outsiders.

The obvious shortcoming is the life like tortoise pace, but O'Connell overcomes this with an honest depiction of people.  Christopher Walken's old Queens neighborhood and his flawed Vic has a wholesome quality, which the Oscar winning actor embraces.  The Opportunists wisely uses its characters against its emigrant backdrop of a waterfront area, that once ensured gainful employment.

Yet, Vic won't borrow necessary money from girlfriend Sally, done with low key intuition by another native from Queens, Cyndi Lauper.  So, it becomes an opportunity for an easy score when his repair business is undermined with the abrupt cancellation of a key payment to make ends meet.

The Opportunists then weaves its enveloping characterizations into a variation on Palookaville with less emphasis on comedy even though the main action, a late night heist, has some light moments after Michael steps on a squeaking dog toy.

Walken and McDonld oddly play well off one another, as their individual paths appear to be inverted but their best laid plans have a unique effect on one's affinity for belonging to a community.

Besides the tough love, subdued Lauper, Tom Noonan is credible as the veteran thief who helps Vic get up to speed on combination locks.  Donal Logue (The Patriot and The Tao of Steve) and Jose Zuniga (Smoke) are affable as disgruntled, scheming security guards who know that Vic is the one who can get the money bag from the vault.

What knocked on the door of The Opportunists for Walken was the chance to give Vic an integrity that people can observe from a strong familial and vivid section of New York.

The Opportunists

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