In the late 60s, two college student hackers named Martin and Cosmo break into their university library and begin to transfer mass quantities of money. After losing a coin toss, Martin steps out for a few minutes to get pizza to fuel their misadventures. But when he returns, Martin finds that the authorities were alerted to their schemes and arrested Cosmo. Martin flees the scene and after years of hiding, he is now a successful business man. His business is what he does best – breaking, entering, and hacking private companies with his crew of ex-cons.
With a truly ensemble cast, Sneakers is a prototype entry into the comedic buddy heist genre. Starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier, a young River Phoenix, and many more, the movie has a plenty of star power to play with and it pays off in spades. While it does start to feel a little long about 100 minutes in, it is still very entertaining. With laughs aplenty, classic Hollywood royalty in Poitier and Redford, and a near timeless story, Sneakers is worth the rental fee.
Sneakers is available to rent on Prime Video ($).