The heist film is an incredible sub-genre which tends to stay remarkably inventive, as I have written before at The 405. Momentum Pictures will release the latest iteration in the genre with the action thriller 211 in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD June 8, 2018.

The film stars Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Cory Hardrict (American Sniper), Michael Rainey Jr. (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Dwayne Cameron (McLarenOri Pfeffer (Hacksaw Ridge), Weston Cage (Lord of War), Sophie Skelton (Day of the Dead: Bloodline), Alexandra Dinu (Final Score) and was written & directed by York Shackleton (Kush, Pretty Perfect).

Inspired by one of the longest and bloodiest real-life events in police history. Officer Mike Chandler (Cage) and a young civilian passenger find themselves under-prepared and outgunned when fate puts them squarely in the crosshairs of a daring bank heist in progress by a fearless team of highly trained and heavily armed men. 

The film was inspired by a real bank robbery that happened in Los Angeles in 1997 referred to as the Battle of North Hollywood or the North Hollywood Shootout. The shootout was an armed confrontation between two heavily armed bank robbers and the Los Angeles Police Department. In the end, perpetrators were killed, twelve police officers and eight civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and property destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and police.

Due to the large number of injuries, the number of rounds fired, the weapons used, and overall length of the shootout, it is regarded as one of the longest and bloodiest events in American police history. The incident sparked debate on the need for patrol officers to upgrade their firepower in preparation for similar situations in the future. It marked a significant time, as before this bank robbery police officers had never used assault weapons. Standard issue side arms carried by most local patrol officers at the time were 9mm pistols or .38 Special revolvers with some patrol cars equipped with a 12-gauge shotgun. When this robbery happened, the bank robbers went in so fully armed that the police were under-prepared and outgunned. Afterward, law enforcement ended up changing a lot of their rules so officers could carry heavier weaponry with them.

See the trailer for 211 below, and a embedded raw LA news footage from the real Battle of North Hollywood.

One of the robbers in the Battle of North Hollywood. Courtesy of NBC Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police officers took cover behind police cars with windows shattered from gunfire, outside the Bank of America branch. Still courtesy of NBC Los Angeles.

Footage courtesy of the LA News Archive.