director Eric Besnard must frequently scratch his head in bemusement
at the fact that his ultra-slick, desperately cool heist thriller
hasn’t achieved the sort of global hipster recognition that
it was clearly aiming for - and probably deserves. But them’s
the breaks. Perhaps a less bland and common-place title would
be nice to think that the bare-bones release (not even a trailer!)
might change that, but I suspect it will be heading for DVD anonymity,
which is a shame. Because this is a thoroughly entertaining movie
with more twists than a Chubby Checker convention.
In fact, the film is so full of double crosses, triple crosses,
fake-outs, corruption and people who are not what you think that
any synopsis has to be approached with caution. On the surface
level – Cash (Jean Dujardin) is a small time con-man who
gets involved in a $12 million diamond heist plan with Maxime
(Jean Reno), his sexy and manipulative partner Alice Taglioni
and a cop (Valeria Golino) who may be willing to become part of
the criminal underworld or may be simply playing them along. That’s
revealing too much already – suffice to say that the film
is ultimately a story of revenge as much as robbery.
Self-consciously dripping with ultra-cool imagery and characters,
Cash certainly doesn’t lack confidence.
Whether it’s any less superficial than its characters is
open to debate, but there’s no denying that it’s a
fast-moving, stylish and ridiculously complicated effort that
demands your attention – lose focus for a moment and you’ll
probably miss an important plot point in which someone is revealed
to be not who you think they are or a character is double-crossed.
As with many films playing this game, it has plot holes and contrived
conveniences aplenty, but moves at a brisk enough pace for you
not to notice or care. If there is a fault, it's that the continual
plot twists are a little too much, especially when they
involve minor characters.
I wasn’t expecting much from this, but was pleasantly surprised
at how much fun it turned out to be. Hopefully, a few other people
will be too.
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