- Promise, The
- Belko Experiment, The
- Finding Fatimah
- Free Fire
- Their Finest
- Fast & Furious 8
- Hatton Garden Job, The
- Boss Baby, The (3D)
- Autopsy of Jane Doe, The
- Lost City of Z, The
- City of Tiny Lights
- Quiet Passion, A
- Void, The
- Man Down
- Ghost in the Shell (3D)
- Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood
Director: Alex & Benjamin Brewer
Films that change the mood two-thirds of the way through are rarely less than disappointing (think Thunderbolt and Lightfoot): and here's another. For the most part, this is a distinctly quirky crime drama with oddball dialogue and an even further-out central character in Jim Stone (Cage), a cop who persuades his younger colleague David Waters (Wood) to investigate a mysterious locked area behind a café, with a view to robbery.
For an hour, indeed, this is almost a comic Rififi, but with the planned heist haphazard to say the least. Waters is horrified to see the photos that will 'help' them pull off the heist. 'You mean,' he gasps, 'a homeless person took these?' 'Well,' admits Stone, 'I paid him a little.'
Surveying a map of the joint laid out in the police yard, Stone observes a squiggle in a 'wall'. "Oh,' says Waters. 'A bee flew in my face.'
So far, so funny, in its off-the-wall way. But then the tone changes and turns our expectations on their heads. And not in a good way. It becomes a conventionally violent thriller with an ending that intentionally leaves us with nothing.
Former comic icon Jerry Lewis bewilderingly gets star billing alongside Cage and Wood on the strength of one tiny cameo. The French, who admire his work, might have described the appearance as 'avec le participation minuscule'!
USA 2016. UK Distributor: Signature. Colour by Runway.
91 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.
Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 1, Swearing 2.
Review date: 22 May 2016