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The Vault is an entertaining heist-thriller that might not reach the levels of an Ocean’s Eleven but still worth checking out.



The Vault

Genre(s): Suspense, Action, Crime
Paramount | R – 118 min. – $15.99 | June 1, 2021

Date Published: 05/31/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Jaume Balagueró
Writer(s): Andrés M. Koppel, Rafa Martínez, Borja Glez Santaolalla (story), Andrés M. Koppel, Rafa Martínez, Borja Glez Santaolalla, Michel Gaztambide, Rowan Athale (screenplay)
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Riley, Liam Cunningham, Famke Janssen

Features: None
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Region(s): 1


THE MOVIE — 3½/5

Plot Synopsis: When an engineer (FREDDIE HIGHMORE) is recruited to help break into an impenetrable fortress hidden under the Bank of Spain, he and a crew of highly skilled thieves plan to steal the legendary lost treasure locked inside while the whole country is distracted by Spain’s World Cup Final. With thousands of soccer fans cheering in the streets, and security forces closing in, the crew have just minutes to pull off the score of a lifetime.

Quick Hit Review: The Vault is one of those straight-to-video movies that generally have low expectations going into. While it’s hardly great, it was actually an entertaining little heist-thriller that might not break new ground in the genre (in fact the main character references Ocean’s Eleven), yet still had some fun elements.

The film features a nice cast led by Freddie Highmore (who also was a producer) playing another genius level character; the lovely Astrid Berges-Frisbey was fair as a pick-pocket-er (akin to Damon’s character in O11); Sam Riley showcases some shady qualities; and Liam Cunningham, whom I recognize from Game of Thrones, had some good scenes as the team leader.

The Vault was directed by Jaume Balaguero, a name I hadn’t recognized but upon looking at his IMDb page, had seen a couple of his previous features, most notably the absolutely creepy Sleep Tight starring Luis Tosar, who had a role as one of the crew members.



No features were included but there is a Digital copy code.


VIDEO – 4/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

The Vault comes to DVD (with a Blu-ray available through their MOD program) presented with a 1.85 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and for the most part, for standard definition, looks pretty good. The disc includes a standard but very effective Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Perhaps not as focused as a DTS-HD one would be, I was still fairly impressed with the depth alongside the clear dialogue via the center channel. It does get a bit heavy a time or two, but still a fine track.


OVERALL – 2½/5

Overall, The Vault is an entertaining heist-thriller that might not reach the levels of an Ocean’s Eleven but still worth checking out.

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