I am a great admirer of the work of British actors, James Fox and Caine.
Michael Caine had appeared in a great many movies which he should have thought twice about before signing the contract.This is one of those movies.
Caine does his old Cockney ganster bit which he developed in the original version of the ITALIAN JOB.In this one he turns ruthless,rather like a simular character he played in the classic British ganster film, MONA LISA. But it's just not working well here for him.
In additon to the grand heist theme of the movie, there's a poorly developed sub-plot concerning a nerdy English public school boy, who finds out about the heist and keeps encountering the plotters.
One of my favorite British actors, James Fox, is also wasting his time here as a corrupt Upper Class civil servant( roles which he plays so well).
Fox who started his career as a child actor ,has been making movies for over 50 years.He like Michael Caine, has made some very good one and some rather bad ones, this film being one of the latter.
The poorly written script stretches credulity to limit and there is far too much gratuitous violence to be justtified by the story .
I found the movie over all to be very disappointing.