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Hatton Garden Job, The


Stars: Phil Daniels, Matthew Goode, Joely Richardson, Larry Lamb, David Calder, Clive Russell, Stephen Moyer, Mark Harris, Sarah-Jane Crawford

Director: Ronnie Thompson

The only gem that the diamond geezers here have seen in their own diamond jubilee. For this run-of-the-mill, if snappily directed piece is based on the record-breaking heist pulled off by four old lags, all way past 60, and the younger crook (an uneasily cast Goode), who pulled them into the crime.

The amusingly ironic twist is that the robbers (Daniels, Lamb, Calder, Russell) abandoned the Hatton Garden safe vault when part of their equipment broke down.

When threatened with reprisals by those above them, including a crooked ex-cop (Harris) and a Hungarian mastermind (Richardson, struggling with her accent), they bought a new piece for their equipment and returned to the scene of the crime!

Performances are pretty much par for the course, with Calder, usually seen in more patrician roles, a stand-out as 'missile' man Terry Perkins who, like most of his confederates, gets out of breath after too much exertion.

The robbery itself, though, is just a wee bit boring, with little sense of danger. Upping the tension here would have helped a lot.

David Quinlan

UK 2016. UK Distributor: Signature. Colour by Panalux.
94 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 11 Apr 2017