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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.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 August 2015
What started out as a planned easy robbery of a diner, proves to be far more complicated than the robbers ever imagined.

An impressive cast that features Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta and Michael Chiklis fail to liven up this dullard of a movie. A straight to DVD effort that fails to grasp the concept of getting tension from the one location scenario. If it's not the laughable British accents putting you off - or that Whitaker is actually only doing a cameo - it's that the twist and turns still go nowhere fast, serving only to make the hum-drum pacing even more irritable. Some nice photography is a bonus, and the action sequences, while not exciting, are competently staged. But all told it looks like the 15 day shoot that it was, a case of grabbing some name actors and hoping that they can make an intended tricksy screenplay work. It didn't. 4/10
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on 16 May 2013
After the first 15 minutes my expectations grew a little too much (basically a crime film with flashback structure and a theatrical approach, relying on a bunch of characters bound together on just one place), so I was even more let down by the end of the movie.
Too bad: this film had all the right "pawns" to be a very good crime movie, but it ended up being quite flat and disappointing. Wortth watching anyway, especially for the cast and for a "British speaking Michael Chicklis.
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You would expect a film starring Ray Liotta, Michael Chiklis and Forest Whittaker would have got a cinema release but this low budget crime thriller appears to have gone straight to disc.
It starts with a fat cop waddling into a diner in the middle of the night for a coffee. Shock horror, its Forest Whittaker gone to seed, no more action roles for him. He soon notices that something is wrong and everyone in the diner is very tense. We know by now that there are bad guys with guns in there trying to hide behind a façade of normality. Forest takes himself off to the loo where he makes a call to another cop and you realise all is not completely straight with him either. Anyway the heist turns into a siege and it all hits the fan.
Nothing is what it seems in this story; including the fact that the bad guys are all British including Michael Chiklis who does a very good British accent, and the story twists and turns to its bloody finale. A lot of aspects are explained in flashback so watch carefully to keep up with the story.
Nothing new but definitely very watchable.
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on 14 February 2016
Great brain exercise - everyone seems to be double crossing everyone else, so who's good and who's not?
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on 26 October 2014
I like this film a good story & lots of action , a good watch .
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on 20 June 2013
In answer to one person's review, did you actually watch any of this film? The 3 men were in the diner to rob the place! That was the whole point of the film (and to say any more would reveal too much of the plot).

Yes, they were all English, but that wasn't relevant to the storyline - and at least it gave Michael Chiklis, always a very watchable actor, a chance to do a quite believable London accent. However, why the scriptwriters decided to call one of the villains `Nigel' is beyond me. I can't think of a more unconvincing name for a working-class Brit. Come on Hollywood, get with the times - 'Nigel' is NOT a common name in the UK. Perhaps you believe we all wear bowler hats?

The flashbacks, while perhaps confusing things a little, did help to fill in the missing pieces and bring the whole thing together. There were enough plot twists and action to keep the film moving along right up until the last 10 minutes or so when things went slightly awry.

All-in-all, a good film let down by a poor ending.
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VINE VOICEon 28 May 2013
What 3 'English' men were doing in some back street diner on a dark night in a non named American city I fail to understand. Oh dear !!!! With having Ray Liotta, Forest Whittaker and Michael Chiklis in you would have thought it was going to be a belter of a film. At times a little mixed in trying to follow the story as we kept back tracking to things that did not happen. It was obviously a low budget film as it was all in a 'diner' except for odd moments. One got the impression that the main stars were in between major films and did this for a fill in. I did not watch the Blue Ray version and would certainly not pay for it in Blue Ray. If a friend has the DVD watch it at his place, don't waste your money buying it.
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