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Vault, The

91 minutes
crime, horror, mystery

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This entry created 1 January 2020. Last revised on 1 January 2020.

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Vault, The

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This is an interesting mix of heist movie and horror movie.

The premise is that Michael Dillon (played by Scott Haze) messed with the wrong people, and now he has to rob a bank to come up with half a million dollars. He brings along his two sisters, ice-cold Leah (played by Clint Eastwood's daughter Francesca) and frenetic Vee (played by Taryn Manning from Hawaii 5-O and Orange is the New Black), plus a safecracker and a thug there to make sure they get the money.

The problems begin when they discover there isn't half a million dollars in the bank vault. But then a helpful bank manager (played by James Franco) tells them about the 'other' vault in the basement…

This is a fun little movie, well produced, with solid performances. Francesca Eastwood particularly stands out. Also worthy of mention are hostages Susan (Q'orianka Kilcher from New World) and Mary (Jill Jane Clements from Walking Dead).

The movie does a good job of giving the viewer information drop by drop, so that's it's not until the epilogues that some of the pieces fit into place. The horror angle is mostly scare and shock, not endless gore. But there are glimpses of gruesome bodies, people driven to suicide, and fire victims.

Can you game it? Yes, but you'd probably want to tweak the setting to make it easier to game. You've got cops breaking in, hostages trying to survive, the bank robbers, plus the evil entities and their mysterious master. In the movie, there's no actual fighting against the entities, just driving them off for a while. As a game, it would work better if the baddies were more zombie-like, something you could clobber.

I liked the movie. (Francesca Eastwood should make more action pictures.)