‘Empire State’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Wants to Know Where the Money Is

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If you want to pull off the perfect heist, then working for the company you’re stealing from is probably a good way to start. In Dito Montiel’s new crime thriller Empire State, Liam Hemsworth plays a young New Yorker who fails to get accepted by the NYPD and subsequently decides to go to the other extreme, taking up a job as a security guard with the Empire State armored truck company and using his position and knowledge of the company’s lax security to pull off a $9 million robbery.

Attempting to track down the money is Dwayne Johnson, who plays a suspicious cop trying to find the evidence needed to send Hemsworth’s character to jail. Emma Roberts (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) and Michael Angarano (Sky High) co-star, and the whole thing is based on a massive real-life heist that was pulled off in the 1980s. The first trailer for Empire State has just been revealed by production company Grindstone Pictures, ahead of the film’s release this fall.

Since Johnson and Hemsworth are adversaries in the film, its level of engagement will probably rest on how much on-screen chemistry the two actors have. This is something that’s worth keeping an eye on, since the two are set to reunite for Chuck Russell’s 3D adventure Arabian Nights, in which Hemsworth will play Ali Baba (just go with it) and Johnson will play Sinbad.

Dwayne Johnson in Empire State Empire State Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Wants to Know Where the Money Is

Director Montiel has so far yet to repeat the success of his autobiographical feature debut, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, but for a direct-to-DVD release Empire State actually looks pretty good. Hemsworth is a competent (if somewhat bland) actor who has recently garnered attention for his role as rebel and love interest Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games, and his screen time is likely to be stepped up quite a bit for the sequel, Catching Fire, which should bring some extra attention to Empire State. Johnson is already a proven entity, with both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast & Furious 6 dominating the box office this year (though his first 2013 release, Snitch, didn’t perform quite as well).

The trailer features some action scenes and shoot-outs that look quite intense, and also gives the impression that the film will tackle the moral ambiguity of the heist. One clip shows Hemsworth’s character giving an envelope full of (presumably stolen) money to the widow of a colleague who died in the line of duty, suggesting that there will be a Robin Hood aspect to his motivations.

Does Empire State look like something you’ll pick up when it hits stores later this year, or would you have preferred to see it on the big screen?


Empire State is available on DVD and Blu-ray from September 3, 2013.

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  1. This has Dwayne Johnson so I will watch it and I will like it. Although I will probably wait until its on dvd or something.

    • Did you not read the article? It is a dvd only release

  2. is there a script that rocky wont attach himself too … he must have zero free time

  3. if it wasnt for the rock i wouldnt even be considering checking this out. but since he is in it…

  4. Seems about right for straight to DVD. I wonder if heist flicks are going to become a trend for The Rock(Fast & Furious franchise, Pain and Gain, and now this).

  5. This looks awful, can’t believe the rock has even made something so mediocre, reminds me of LA Takedown, the TV movie version of Heat, without Pacino and DeNiro!

    Grindstone Pictures, one for the blacklist, along with Troma and the Asylum!

  6. Hemsworth and Johnson as Ali Baba and Sinbad??!! Are you serious, or did someone fall off their flying carpet. Both watchable actors, but in these parts?! Horkin’, Sesame!

  7. I don’t mind a half black/half Samoan Sinbad . . . . but a caucasian Ali Baba? Is that supposed to be the undercover name for his REAL character, Tobias Reginald the 3rd?

    • What, another Mandarin/Trevor shenanigan? If it’s true, you heard it here first, folks!

  8. “Based on a true story” shwows up, movie died for me….

    if i want true stories, i go in front of my door…..

  9. I love it when they show the whole movie in the trailer.

  10. Just got this movie from Redbox.. I ended up watching it twice in a row. Such a great movie! But of course you can do no wrong when the rock is starring in the movie. Liam hemsworth has also turned me into a fan. Together they pulled this movie off perfectly! If you like movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time, you have to check this movie out!