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Nonsensical but entertaining
on 1 January 2015
This is one of those films which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense while you’re watching it (and even less sense afterwards if you bother to think it through and try to follow the plot), but makes for entertaining viewing while you’re caught up in the moment.
It’s one of those heist-gone-wrong plots, in which a straightforward raid on a secret safe in a side-street diner gets radically out of shape. This develops into a tense siege situation in which you genuinely don’t know who is going to survive or what the outcome might be, with some suitably snarly performances from the team of British bad boys brought in to snatch the goods and the police (and other) forces opposing them.
A couple of the plot turns are genuinely surprising. Ray Liotta’s menacing monologue, while holding the hero’s pregnant wife captive, is entirely chilling and delivered with his trademark offbeat, sinister intensity. The opening sequence when the cop comes into the diner and we’re shown the varying outcomes of what might happen are entertainingly delivered. There’s also quite a bit of careful creativity in the flashback sequences which show how the characters interact earlier in the day.
All in all, it kept us guessing and entertained, and neatly avoided too many of the standard clichés of the genre. Better than the average B movie.