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The Last Diamond review – crime caper missing a few crucial cogs

21 January 2016 1:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The heist here is entertaining enough, but sluggish pacing and the lack of sparkle between the lead actors takes the shine off things

If the perfect crime caper movie should be as slick and effortless as a well-oiled machine, this French diamond heist thriller trundles along like a jalopy that is missing a few crucial cogs. Writer/director Eric Barbier ticks the right boxes – the brassy, swaggering score sounds like offcuts from David Holmes’ work for the Oceans series; the backdrop, an auction for a 137-carat diamond, is suitably glitzy. But the pacing is sluggish and, for all the glinting, multifaceted precious stones, there is little sparkle between conman and heist specialist Simon (Yvan Attal) and glamorous but conveniently credulous auction organiser Julia (Bérénice Bejo, rather out of her depth). The heist itself is devilishly convoluted, but entertaining enough. However, whatever momentum the picture had accrued is lost in an »

- Wendy Ide

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