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Cash [DVD] [2010]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2012
I expected this film to be a run-of-the-mill Hollywood thriller, but 10 minutes into the film I was already smiling broadly.
It is hard to pigeonhole. It is thriller yes, there is comedy yes, it is also an interesting character study in how you can corrupt people and make them criminal through greed. The latter aspect made me think of the British TV series Framed (based on Lynda La Plante's book of the same name).
If you don't like Sean Bean don't get this movie - he's in almost every frame and doing a great job as a menacing but outwardly very polite crook with a world of experience and an accountant's approach to the missing cash: Everything to be accounted for! His deadpan delivery of his character had me in stitches most of the time.
Other reviewers talk of O.C.D. But a guy Sean Bean's age will actually have learned mental arithmetic, and doing relatively simple sums like these is certainly not beyond me either. His constant return to doing the sums for the missing cash and insisting on getting every cent sets the tone for the whole movie and is really quite hilarious.
Having his Sheffield working class accent as a contrast both to his politely menacing behaviour and to the neutral American accents of the young couple adds to the fun, and he's not at all hard to understand without subtitles - and I'm NOT a native English speaker.
Watching the young couple - both actors do a great job in their roles - getting gradually 'corrupted' by the British criminal and having their reactions recognized and commented on in a quietly cynical manner is both informative and entertaining.
The script works well right to the end, by which time the young couple have been completely corrupted and seem to be getting away with it, though the end promises further developments.
I enjoyed every minute of this film, and I very much liked that the ending was not the usual 'punish-the-wicked-and-reward-the-good' cliche.
This is not a story of good versus evil where good triumphs. It's a story of ordinary flawed people and what they learn and how they develop under pressure from an experienced crook - but served up with a lot of humour. The young couple are very likable right to the end, and you cannot help admiring and respecting the very professionalism of our meticulous crook.
A nicely quirky story. Well worth watching more than once.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This was a film that was picked at random by my mum and I in Blockbuster while on holiday at my parents house as we couldn't see any big name blockbusters that we all hadn't seen before. We're all fans of Sean Bean and therefore this seemed like the best of the choices that were left. The film also stars former Home and Away actor Chris Hemsworth, and fairly unknown actress Victoria Profeta as his wife. I was slightly worried by the trailers at the start of the film as they all looked like low budget films and it made me think this might be one too.. and I was right!

When it begins, I thought it was going to be awful. The credit things at the start looked cheap and like they'd been done in Powerpoint, the soundtrack was pretty dire and the car chase scenes felt low budget too. However, encouraged by my family I perservered with it, and I am really glad I did because by the end, I think it was a really funny, quirky film that won't get the exposure it deserves just because it's not made by a big Hollywood studio.

As ever, Sean Bean is really fantastic as the very peculiar Pyke, and what I love most is that he's kept that fantastic northern accent of it which just adds to the eccentricity of his character. He acts to perfection, cool and calm for the most part then when he has to switch to a raving lunatic, its quite scary to watch because he switches so well. He is captivating to watch, and it's nice to see him in a more low budget movie - take away all the expensive special effects, and it is where you can really see actors like Bean show their mettle!

Chris Hemsworth, probably best known in the UK for his role as Kim Hyde in Aussie soap Home and Away does a pretty job in a major film role. He has to put on an American accent for the role, but I did notice his Aussie twang come thorough quite a bit, although it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the film at all. The end half was definitely better for him, he seemed to get into the swing of it, and I felt he especially did great on-screen with Sean Bean. The only weak link for me is Victoria Profeta. Her acting is quite wooden and almost embarrassing, but her character is very good so it's difficult to hate her. She seems over the top throughout the film, but again nearer the end she does seem to improve.

The setting of the movie is great. It goes right into the residential areas of the American town in which its set and shows the less shiny side of America you usually see in these films. Because of the low budget feel, it feels more realistic, and you can see why the Phelans' chose to spend the money even though you are willing them not because it's just stupid! The violence in the movie isn't too graphic but you are left in no doubt about what happens. The language is strong throughout but because of the nature of the movie, it's within context and not unnecessary.

If you fancy something a bit different, then do try watching Cash. It's quirky, it's different but best of all it really is enjoyable. Sean Bean is of course the best thing about the whole film, his performance is great to watch and we all agreed he made the movie as good as it was. The supporting cast members are good, but they show up the difference in calibre between them all. We were often laughing, sometimes shocked but always watching - can't do better than that! Definitely recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2012
I bought this since I've always been a fan of Sean Bean ever since Sharpe. I had seen the trailer and thought it seemed really fun.

Well the film is a nice easy watch. It's not too challenging. It's more of a Saturday night action film while you have a few beers. It's fun actually with some nice laughs along the way. The twist at the end was ok if not a little predictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
Quite an interesting and taught thriller with a twist. It's not totally original in its storyline but altered enough to provide 108 minutes of solid entertainment. The story has been covered so what about the production and acting. At the start there is a reasonably good car chase taking in some of Chicago's notable landmarks and this continues with cityscape views througout the film. I also like the stylish and contemporary cinematographic look. The actors all deliver convincing performances and you soon get drawn into the drama. Similar films are Don't Say a Word and Butterfly on a Wheel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2014
This little gem could be easily overlooked given Mr. Bean's prolific film career but I would recommend viewing this one. Sean is all quiet menace in this darkly comic movie and remarkably, he looks very comfortable in the role!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
really good story, acting is marvellous. ending is a corker. Watch it you won't be dissapointed. Anyway Sean Bean is in it.
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Thom Doty stars as Cash in this improbable grindhouse. Cash, who was a "throw away baby" gets released from jail. His sole purpose in life is to get revenge on drug czar, club owner, and bad guy Hector Gonzales (Jerry Lloyd) who had double crossed him during a bank robbery. Meanwhile Gonzales is in a turf war with other syndicates.

Cash stops at nothing to get his revenge, killing and destroying everything in his way. The acting was typical grindhouse with the usual fun tough guy statements such as "What are you going to do? Kill us all?" The film includes plenty of killing, blood, and a decapitation. For those who like inane grindhouse action, this one has it. Doty has the toughness of Seagal, but the delivery of Austin. How tough? Check out his shoulder after he was stabbed and walked around with a knife in it. Looks like a small healed scar.
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on 11 April 2015
This film is all about Sean Bean. For a change, he is allowed to speak with his real accent (he is usually at his best with his Sheffield tones), and here he plays an at times charming, at times sinister outlaw looking to get every last penny of stolen money back from a couple.

Bean revels in the role and his deadpan delivery is funny on several occasions. His observations wouldn't please the pc brigade but are funny with more than a hint of truth to them. In spite of his nasty side his charisma draws you more towards him than the somewhat bland couple.

The film proves once again that in right role Sean Bean can be one of the most intersting actors around. Pity there aren't more roles out there to bring the best out of him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2014
Good film. Chris Hemsworth is good in this and his character really enjoys spending the money that is not his but then is caught by Sean Bean......
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on 10 February 2012
My partner and I enjoyed watching this on TV so much that I decided to buy him his own copy. The couple who find the money are put in a desperate position and have to go to extreme levels to retrieve what they spend. This poses the question to the audience of how far they would go in the same position. A very good film, which improves as the story unfolds. I would definitely recommend this, although not for family viewing.
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