What do you get when you put two of France's most charismatic stars in a glossy comedy about conmen? Not much in the case of Eric Besnard's Ca$h, which stars Jean Dujardin as a smooth operator and Jean Reno as his rich potential father-in-law, who may also be his latest pigeon. Throw in a murdered brother, a jewel heist, some mercenaries and Valeria Golino's cop who is either out to arrest them all to get a promotion or may be planning a bit of larceny herself if she can outwit the Internal Affairs men shadowing her and you've got a fairly predictable who's playing who caper with no new wrinkles to make it stand out. There's a feeling of ticking boxes, with none of the surprises or panache needed - this con is all front, going through the motions but never really convincing you. Dujardin's fine as the lead but Reno's not even pretending to bring his A-game to this one, Golino, saddled with an unconvincing tan and a hairstyle that makes her look like a barmaid in EastEnders with a slightly higher dress allowance, doesn't strike any sparks while Francois Berleand is wasted in a small sidekick role and Ciaran Hinds seems to be playing his senior detective like a disinterested bloodhound who gets irritable when you try to move it from it's snug place by the fire. It's perfectly watchable, but the neat payoff isn't really enough of a reward, making this one for the die-hard fans of the stars.
Boasting the kind of blatantly misleading packaging that is their stock in trade (in this case selling it as an action-packed thriller), Metrodome's UK Blu-ray is a sloppy affair that they clearly just rushed out to capitalise on Dujardin's success with The Artist: a decent but far from outstanding 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with occasionally hard to read subtitles, no menu options beyond `Play' (though the film is chaptered) and only a few unrelated trailers as extras.