Will They Ever Find The Key?
♦ Tripwire’s editor-in-chief JOEL MEADOWS reviews new horror thriller The Vault, out now at the cinema and on iTunes…
Director: Dan Bush
Stars: James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood
The Vault is a film with a fairly simple premise: a gang decides to rob a bank but it turns out that this is no ordinary bank. James Franco plays manager Ed Maas while the gang consists of sisters Leah and Vee Dillon (Eastwood and Manning respectively) and their brother Michael (Scott Haze). The twist here is that the bank contains a vault with a dark secret. So what starts off as a straight heist movie becomes something else.
The idea of a cross-genre movie is not a new one. Movies like From Dusk Til Dawn managed to combine a road movie with a horror film although it felt more effective as a road movie than as a horror picture and The Vault doesn’t quite gel when it switches to horror. The cast is solid enough: Manning, best known for Orange Is The New Black, has a decent chemistry with her estranged sister, played by Eastwood and Franco has enormous screen presence as ever, lifting this from just another unmemorable B-picture to something better.
The horror when it comes isn’t badly handled and it all moves along at a decent rate but you can’t help but wonder if it had been a more interesting and satisfying film if it had just been a heist movie.
So 90 minutes pass by pleasantly enough but it definitely has its flaws.