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Vault, The


Stars: Francesca Eastwood, Taryn Manning, Scott Haze, Q'orianka Kilcher, James Franco, Clifton Collins Jr

Director: Dan Bush

Here's an oddity: a bank robbery thriller that turns into a horror film. Estranged sisters Leah (Eastwood, daughter of Clint) and Vee (Manning) plan to plunder a bank to get their brother Michael (Haze) out of debt. Taking along a couple of heavies, they execute their plan to perfection.

But the loot totals only $70,000, not enough to get Michael out of trouble (boy, is he in trouble). Helpful assistant bank manager Ed Maas (Franco), an odd sort of cove, tells them that $6 million is stashed in the basement vault in a safe that dates back to 1982.

The inexperienced robbers decide to go for it. Big mistake. What lurks down in the basement looks like Boris Karloff on a bad night.

The results are pretty much horror by rote, with nothing particularly unexpected, apart from a final 'shock' scene that's completely unbelievable.

Seems like the bank was bloodily looted 35 years before, with multiple hostage casualties, giving rise to my favourite line: 'One was executed in the depository.' Ouch!

Acting is competent all the way through, with the slinky young Eastwood looking capable of going on to bigger things.

David Quinlan

USA 2017. UK Distributor: Content Media. Colour (unspecified).
91 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

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

Review date: 30 Aug 2017