On the surface, the movie Heat is the story of the lives of police and criminals of Los Angeles. A deeper look reveals the drive of these people and how they see themselves and those around them.
Neil McCauley is a master of his trade, to which he is totally devoted and disciplined. He also happens to be the bad guy.
A climatic scene in the movie features a bank heist meticulously planned by Neil and his crew but the police have been tipped off and a full-out urban battle ensues in the streets of Los Angeles.