Writer: Tom DeNucci, B. Nolan (Screenplay)
Starring: Theo Rossi, Clive Standen, Samira Wiley, Chazz Palminteri, Don Johnson, William Forsythe, Sean Ringgold
Plot: Vault tells a story about a group of small time criminals in 1975 who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in American history: stealing over $30 million from the Mafia in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island.
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Vault starts as we meet two small-time criminals Deuce (Rossi) and Chucky (Standen) who commit robberies, in the middle of the battle for power within the Mafia, with Raymond (Palminteri) being in charge and Gerry (Johnson) wanting more.
After the pair get caught, they meet Gerry in prison and he offers them a job when they are out, one to rob the vault of the Mafia, to be one of the biggest robberies in history.
Thoughts on Vault
Characters – Deuce is one half of the crime partnership, he doesn’t want to get involved with wearing a mask, only for him to meet his girlfriend on the job and show his family side, he doesn’t want to remain in the world as much as his partner. Chucky is the partner to Deuce that loves the criminal world and will do anything to stay in it, always pushing Deuce into the next job. Karyn is the woman that Deuce meets on the job, she wants him to get out of the life of crime even after standing next to him during his prison stint. Raymond is the head of the Mafia that isn’t willing to let anyone has power, while Gerry is the one trying to gain the power.
Performances – The performances in the film aren’t the best, with most just being your typical criminal figures and the one from Samira Wiley all about wanting to have the lifestyle and showing the reluctance to be in the world.
Story – The story here follows two small-time thieves that find themselves drawn into a bigger job which will see them take on the Mafia, with on of the biggest robberies, only for the consequences being bigger than they imagined. This does fall into the category of story that is just another criminal heist which is filled with consequences, with unlikeable characters, that just drags along at a poor pace, never getting going in anyway.
Action/Crime – The action is slow and focuses more on the gangster mentality of the world, with the criminal world never getting going as they are more naïve than smart about what they were doing.
Settings – The film doesn’t use the settings well enough because it never shows us just how intense the locations end up being.
Scene of the Movie – The first robbery.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – The pace is all over the place.
Final Thoughts – This is a poor crime thriller that never gets going and by the end of the film, you will have forgotten what you have just seen.