This is a workman-like little indie film; a well-paced heist/thriller, shot in a sombre, realistic fashion, largely around the streets of wintertime Toronto - passing off as somewhere in the US - using hand-held cameras and clever editing.
Made on a shoestring budget devoid of Hollywood gloss; it's what would have been termed a "B" movie 50 years ago; I doubt it ever had a screening in this country - straight to DVD I expect - but made with commitment, ingenuity and enthusiasm.
Gabriel Byrne and Val Kilmer only contribute what amount to bit-parts in this; the roles of the four career-criminals are taken by largely unknown actors who acquit themselves well. The gritty, jump-cut style takes some minutes to adjust to and the introduction to each of the gang characters is a little protracted, but once the plot hits it's stride it develops into an absorbing, noirish drama.
It's violent, darkly humorous in places and quite well scripted; the camera-work and subdued colour-casting enhances the bleakness of the anonymous city setting.
Distributed by G2 pictures, you should know not to expect too much - some budget titles are hit-or-miss - this one is a pretty decent watch. The picture itself is a low budget production, but competently made and acted.
the film is presented in 16.9 widescreen with a trailer and 32 min. "making of" documentary as extras. There are no subtitles.
Ideally, I'd give it 3 ½ , but I feel generous towards it.