British legends of film and TV come together for this true crime flick that is based upon the robbery of Hatton Garden where old school criminals steal £14 million worth of jewellery and money. Michael Caine leads the cast as a recent widower who promised his late wife he would go straight. However this last job proves too good to turn down, so with the help of his old friends they cause the crime, but end up doing serious time.
The cast is full of true British icons: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone. It is a cast full of charisma and character. A cast that the audience connect with. The humour is humour for that generation, there were plenty of laughs from the audience in their late 50′s because they relate to the references of going deaf, not understanding the internet, making sandwiches, homophobic rhetoric to the younger criminal. It wasn’t particularly funny. What was funny was hearing the likes of Michael Caine dropping the f-bomb every other sentence. I don’t think that makes a film good though.
There wasn’t a lot of action, which isn’t a surprise considering the age of the criminals. Therefore it was dependant on the humour which did let the film down. The film just bumbled along as we watched these men make mistake after mistake. They tried to make it interesting by adding in little sub-plots, the rivalry between Caine and Broadbent, the decisions that Courtenay would make but in all honestly it all seemed a bit pointless considering the whole of the robbery was over in 40 minutes and the next hour we are waiting for them to be arrested. There was no build up to any of it.
2/5Whilst it was enjoyable seeing old legends embrace the screen again enthusiastically, the pacing of the film was all off and didn’t entertain as much as the cast has the potential to do.