DAYLIGHT ROBBERY: DVD
Alex (Geoff Bell) masterminds an ambitious plan to steal millions in untraceable cash that is stacked in the vaults of the London Exchange Bank, on the way to be incinerated. Lucky (Vas Blackwood), Matty (Leo Gregory), Terry (Johnny Harris), Chubby (Paul Nicholls), Norman (Justin Salinger) and Jay make up his unlikely gang. Setting up their alibi, the gang checks in along with thousands of England supporters heading to The World Cup in Germany. Instead of passing through to the departure lounge, the gang slip out into a carpark, pile into a van and head into central London where they spectacularly ram raid London Exchange Bank, blocking any exit for those caught up inside. But with an unexpected turn of events, they are left with a whole lot more than just a bank robbery to deal with.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Lots of things can go wrong in a daring bank robbery - or any bank robbery for that matter - and the Brits know how to handle the heist movie better than anyone, except perhaps the French. That's because the screenplay invests in detail and in character. In this case, there is also Paris Leonti's assured, high octane direction. There's not a second wasted as the story of a gang of typical British lowlife try to steal cash earmarked for incineration at the end of its useful life. It's a lot of cash and takes a lot of stealing.
And when something goes wrong, it's chaos. The scenario is livened by its juxtaposition to an upcoming World Cup game, in which the Brits have a stake. Other layers are added to take the story into the personal territory of some of the characters, and the naturalistic style carries plenty of dramatic weight.
The cast is flawless; young stupid crims, older stupid crims and plain mean-spirited guys, as well as the obligatory softie, whose girlfriend has just about had enough, and is at home nursing their baby, while he's jammed in the bowels of the bank in central London.
The one flaw is the way the ending of the story is told on a card instead of at least partly shown; we prefer to see the action than to be told about it.
Published October 16, 2008
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DAYLIGHT ROBBERY: DVD (M)
CAST: Geoff Bell, Johnny Harris, Leo Gregory, Vas Blackwood, Justin Salinger, Antonio Gil
PRODUCER: Nick O'Hagan
DIRECTOR: Paris Leonti
SCRIPT: Paris Leonti
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Milton Kam
EDITOR: Hasse Billing
MUSIC: Richard Chester
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Will Field
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: All Interactive
DVD RELEASE: September 26, 2008