Viewed – 11 April 2014 Netflix
Telling the tale of Sam, a young but ambitious guy working at a hotel who decides he’s going to ask out the pretty assistant at a near by jewellers. Only problem is, whilst there the shop gets attacked by a duo of thieves, and soon a hostage situation takes place.
Set in London and with some stylish but unobtrusive photography, a soundtrack that mixes classical with jazz, and a keep you guessing plot, I was totally gripped throughout. Well acted and with surprising depth, this stars seasoned Brit actor Timothy Spall as the stuffy but quickly lovable jewellery store owner and Trainspotting’s Kevin McKidd as the main thief, who struggles with inner demons and an unfortunate stutter. Relative newcomer Craig Roberts however carries the movie superbly, sort of an unconventional hero and proves one to watch for sure … perfectly awkward and smart. The same can also be said for the delectable Imogen Poots, who’s beauty and charm shines (and boy can she tell a story…).
It has moments of violence but never goes too far, is sometimes darkly comical and makes you actually care about (almost) every character – even the lad who works at the deli down the street. That’s pretty rare.
An unexpected treat and highly recommended.
Verdict: 4 /5