Monday, January 15, 2018

The Vault
Released Sept 1st 2017
1 hr 31 mins
Not Rated
Horror, Suspense

Directed by Dan Bush
Written by Dan Bush & Conal Byrne

Francesca Eastwood as Leah Dillon
Taryn Manning as Vee Dillon
Scott Haze as Michael Dillon
Q'orianka Kilcher as Susan Cromwell
Clifton Collins Jr. as Detective Iger
James Franco as The Assistant Manager/Ed Maas
Keith Loneker as Cyrus
Jeff Gum as James Aiken
Jill Jane Clements as Mary
Michael Milford as Kramer
Aleksander Vayshelboym as Ben
Debbie Sherman as Lauren
Lee Broda as Nancy
Anthony DiRocco as Mark Fishman
Dmitry Paniotto as Max
Adina Galupa as Rebecca
Beatrice Hernandez as Pamela
Cristin Azure as Baghead Samantha
Rebecca Ray as Samantha
John D. Hickman as Marty
Robin Martino as Baghead Rebecca
Keenan Rogers as Baghead Thomas


Review by Stephen M.

The Vault which was released under the radar last year and as quickly vanished showed up on my Netflix as a new release.  With actors like James Franco (This is the End, The Interview) and Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), my expectations was not soaring but it wasn't also in the gutter.  The story revolves around a bank robbery, with a vault that happens to be haunted.  Oh yes, two favorite genres of mines, meeting, what could go wrong?

As much as robbing a bank that is haunted can go wrong, things just do not gel for these two genre under the helm of Director Dan Bush who also co-wrote the movie.  While I enjoy the acting of the film, the plot just has too many holes which makes you think that things were rushed through by the creative team than thought out.  As a fan of ghost movies like 13 Ghosts and The Haunting, the scare level on this film was just below average.  It could have been much better given the back story of the vault and the setting, but predictability and limited special effects takes some of the bite out of the "boo" moments.  Unfortunately the silliness of the ending as the main leads attempt to escape their predicament is an affront to your intelligence.

Overall, if you're a fan of these two genres, you may want to give it a watch anyway.  If you're not, assuming you have Netflix, well, it's free any way though you might be shaking your head no like I did at the ending.  James Franco's character, the assistant manager asks if any one is in charge, because it looks like no one is in charge to Francesca Eastwood's character during the movie.  We wonder as well if the movie really had any leadership in putting this together as well...

Rating: 2.0 out of 5 Stars

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