Film review: A study of criminal characters

2008-07-20 00:00

The end credits of this movie are the most profound part. It’s easy to miss when everyone is getting up and leaving. The text comes up on the screen and reads: “The names of characters in this film have been changed to protect the guilty.” There are no good guys in this movie, just different levels of bad guys.

In many heist movies, like the Ocean’s franchise and The Italian Job, the plan to grab the loot is pretty convoluted. Not so here. It’s oddly simple: drill into the vault from underneath, grab the loot and hit the road. The film’s focus is on the characters, with Statham as the streetwise but flawed ringleader, who is the love interest of his ex-girlfriend Martine (Saffron Burrows), who in turn is the love interest of Kevin (Stephen Campbell Moore). Comical ditz Dave (Daniel Mays), and con pro Guy (James Faulkner), make up the numbers and there’s plenty to keep the audience engaged.

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