Review in Brief: The Vault (2017)

THE VAULT isn’t a very good…anything. Marketed as a horror-thriller (haunted bank vaults: why isn’t that a genre go-to?) but it just doesn’t work because it’s not scary and it’s not exciting. I think they might have been going for bank robbers doing a bad thing for the right reasons, a Robin Hood-type thing, but the character motivations and storytelling are so muddled that nothing really sticks. Taryn Manning and Francesca Eastwood are both fine as the sibling bank robbers, but James Franco makes no impact despite his character being pretty key to the plot and everyone else in the movie is just a cardboard cutout. It’s just a waste of the talents of everyone involved, lacking surprise, suspense, good lighting and general interest in what’s going on. Use your time better elsewhere if you can because this one really isn’t worth it. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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