Five people head into a bank with the intention of leaving with the money. However, this is no ordinary bank and what should have been an easy heist, becomes anything but.
The Eastwood family continue their march onto our screens. First with father Clint, next Scott began showing he could produce a turn and now it’s the turn of daughter/sister Francesca.
She stars alongside Taryn Manning (8 Mile, Orange Is The New Black (TV)) and Scott Haze (Midnight Special, Child of God) as the Dillon family.
They, along with Jeff Gum (Who’s Driving Doug, The Domino Effect) and Keith Loneker (Superbad, Lakeview Terrace), are talked into robbing a bank to help Haze with some financial troubles.
They bag the staff and successfully gain access to the vault, only to discover there’s just $70k, not the $250k they were expecting.
Step up James Franco (The Night Before, 127 Hours) as the assistant bank manager who doesn’t want to see any hostages get hurt.
He advises the bank robbers on the protocol required to not set off the alarm. He also tells them about another vault, in the basement, where the real money is.
What he doesn’t tell them is that no-one goes in the basement as the ghost of a previous bank robber still roams the area.
Writer and director Dan Bush (The Signal, The Reconstruction of William Zero) and fellow writer Conal Byrne (The Blood Bond, The Reconstruction of William Zero), have created something that will pique your interest and quicken your pulse.
The Vault is a short, snappy (one and a half hours) horror / thriller. Franco adds gravitas to the casting along with Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim, Star Trek) as a cop trying to bring things to an end.
Eastwood and bank teller, Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World, Te Ata) hold their own though everyone else feels a little ‘straight to video’.
The trouble with The Vault are the usual horror genre things that crop up: All the bank robbers carry guns but I can’t remember anyone actually firing them, even when faced with a nasty.
Despite being warned, and seeing what’s happening, they never just decide to call it a day, blindly powering through with plan A.
Bush does bring tension and thrills to the film but there are times when this ebbs away. Moments when the robbers are stood around watching a monitor or staring at the police through the window, slow everything down and the tension must be built up all over again.
The Vault is a good, moderately budgeted film. Old Porcelain Mask man (needs a better name), is a decent enough bad-guy but we just don’t get to see him nearly enough.
Throughout The Vault though, Bush and Byrne tease us with his back story. I wanted to know more, I think a prequel could be very interesting.
THE VAULT is in cinemas and on iTunes & digital HD from 8th September