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Smash & Grab

average rating is 4 out of 5


Jason Knight


Posted on:

Jul 30, 2022

Film Reviews
Smash & Grab
Directed by:
Neil Linpow
Written by:
Neil Linpow
Sasha Frost, Shanika Warren-Markland, Ayesha Griffiths, Anna Harriott

A group of women are in a car, on their way to do serious stuff.


Three women are inside a car, driving through a city. They stop and a fourth one joins them. As they head to their destination, they discuss their strategy regarding what is about to take place. It soon becomes apparent that the four of them are on their way to commit a smash-and-grab robbery.


This tense short presents itself as a crime thriller, with the story taking place just before a violent raid. The tension rises and rises thanks to the well-written dialogue, strong acting and exciting music, all of which indicate that something shocking is about to happen. The women are all wearing black clothing and they seem to be quite focused, tense and determined. They have clearly being preparing for what they are going to do and there is no stopping them. By the time they reach the location, the audience is certain that things are going to explode.


Within a duration of approximately two minutes, this film manages to grab the viewer's attention right from the start and maintain it throughout, until the unexpected plot twist arrives that utterly changes the atmosphere.


The protagonists all play their part very convincingly and their performances are vital in order for the film to have significant effects on the viewer.


Job Reineke does amazing work with the cinematography and Linpow's creative directing includes wonderful aerial shots. Credit also goes to the score, which effectively develops drama and tension.


Despite being rather short, this thriller is quite a thrilling ride and leaves a significant impact due to the suspense, tension and the clever plot twist. It is an experience that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and then surprise them and it deserves recognition.

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Jason Knight
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