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Harry and Bert rob a security van. Where better to stash the money 'til the heat is off but an old rundown house that has been empty for years. But they hadnt banked on a young couple, Karl and Claire moving in. By luck or misfortune they stumble on the robber2 £90,000. What do they do with it? What happens when the robbers come back to get their loot? Written by Louis Paltnoi

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12 December 1999 (UK)  »

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Distracting enough but the misjudged ending means it isn't really worth tracking down
29 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two men knock off an armoured car and decide to stash the loot until the heat goes off. They go to an old house that has been empty for years and hide it beneath the floorboards before going their separate ways. Later that evening though, the new owners of the house finish moving the bulk of their stuff into the house and continue their nightly routine of trying to make the place inhabitable. Doing some electrical work the next day, the owner finds the cash and his girlfriend decides the money must have belonged to the old woman who passed away – so naturally they spend like crazy; but the criminals will come back at some point.

Starting out with a scenario that is similar to Shallow Grave (sort of) this short film tries to take a slightly different path and, in doing so, is both better for it and flawed at the same time. Up until the conclusion it is actually quite good – mixing menace and humour well and producing an air of tension while I waited to see what would happen. However the final minute or so is silly and nowhere near as funny or clever as it wanted to be; it doesn't ring true at all and feels like it has been tacked on as a way of finishing on a gag. It is still quite entertaining but it needed a better finish.

The cast are good enough with several recognisable faces including an Eastenders actor and Paul Kaye to name (sort of) two. The direction is a bit ropey at times but most of that can be put down to budget constraints – although the use of slow motion and a fantasy sequence that doesn't work should have been dropped from the final film. Overall it is distracting and does enough to fill the short time even if it isn't worth trying to track down.


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