(Rating 2.5 to 2.75 out of 5)
Summary: I have a cookie cutter in the house. I have the standard recipe, and I cut my cookies oh so carefully. Yet, my cookies don’t always turn out well. Lack of execution on my part. The same is true for movies. Cookie-cutter scripts are a dime a dozen, but often they are poorly executed. “The Vault” is a prototypical cookie-cutter film. Surprisingly, the execution wasn’t that bad.
Before you get to thinking I liked this film, don’t. What I am saying is I didn’t hate this film. You see every turn 10 to 15 minutes in advance. The love interest is set up when the two characters first meet. The total lack of imagination in writing the script is overwhelming. Ignore that lack of creativity (oh, Scott just shivered with disgust), and you will be entertained.
Freddie Highmore did well. His character solved every problem, not just the engineering ones, in the nick of time, which did get tiring. Understandingly, we needed to establish his usefulness to the team. I particularly liked Liam Cunningham as the “Danny Ocean” of the team. A nice balance of family patriarch and we need to get the job done.
If you are home during this Delta variant breakout and need a movie to watch with the family while cooking, playing games, and building lego, this isn’t a bad one to throw on the screen. Do not pay money for this!
Plot: Thom (Freddie Highmore) is a genius engineer who is graduating from Cambridge. Rather than take the standard job with evil big oil, he joins Walter (Liam Cunningham) and his crew for a heist during the World Cup.