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Daylight Robbery

Daylight Robbery

Paris Leonti (2007)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

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Bank robbers use the 2006 World Cup in Germany as a cover for their heist in this low-budget thriller that feels like a belated addition to the raft of mockney British gangster movies inspired by Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. First-time writer/director Paris Leonti depicts the heist itself with rigour, the ingenious use of an airport check-in desk supposedly giving the gang a watertight alibi. But the robbery itself is fraught with problems, as greed, incompetence and sheer bad luck take their toll on ringleaders Alex (Geoff Bell) and Norman (Justin Salinger). Despite marshalling his ensemble cast with military precision, Leonti's workmanlike direction isn't helped by his limitations as a writer. A lack of character development turns the robbers into Identikit antiheroes and even the intended comic relief offered by Shaun Williamson's inept copper fails to deliver much in the way of amusement. Ultimately, this is a by-the-numbers heist movie with a payoff that fails to add up.

Summary

A gang of crooks hatches a plan to steal millions of pounds in untraceable currency from a London exchange bank, using the world cup to provide an alibi. But the plan goes horribly wrong when the police lay siege to the bank, and the thieves are forced to take hostages. Crime thriller, starring Geoff Bell and Vas Blackwood.

Cast & Crew

Alex Geoff Bell
Chubby Paul Nicholls
Norman Justin Salinger
Jay Robert Boulter
Lucky Vas Blackwood
Terry Johnny Harris
Matty Leo Gregory
Police chief Shaun Williamson
Doctor Max Brown
Yardie Shaun Parkes
Director Paris Leonti
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Liberation Entertainment Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 29 Aug 2008

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