Director: Simon Aboud
Cast: Timothy Spall, Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd
104min Britflic heist drama UK
With all the promise of a fake Rolex and none of satisfaction of the real deal, this film about a jewellery heist from successful commercials director Simon Aboud proves that throwing money and goodwill at an idea and a decent cast doesn’t guarantee you’ll strike gold. If the script and characterisation are not watertight, the end result will always let you down; and that’s the strange alchemy of film. Timothy Spall’s role at the helm of Mayfair jeweller ‘Clara’ is stiff and stagey and although Imogen Poots does her best as a precious platinum blond vendeuse there’s no reason why she would remotely go for Craig Robert’s (Submarine) rough and not particularly attractive bellboy Sam with a strange accent, who finds himself the hapless victim of two masked gunmen when he acts on her suggestion to visit the gemstore. The whole ensemble feels abit like an student end of term project where everyone gets a mention and a prize but the audience is left disappointed. It’s not slick enough or real enough or sparkling enough to be on West End release but might work as a TV two-parter.
Meredith Taylor ©
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