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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Ca$h Breaks Hollywood Rules

9/10
Author: imdb1-548-81619 from Florida
9 April 2010

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In this day of cookie-cutter thrillers and Hollywood formula flicks, writer/director Stephen Milburn Anderson and producer Naveen Chathappuram bring us a film that shatters genre rules. It's a story about the power of money and how it manipulates human behavior. In a movie manufactured by Hollywood group-think, this film would have been about two innocent victims (Sam and Leslie) who struggle to make their mortgage payments and one day, during a police chase, a briefcase bursting with cash lands on their old car, they decide to keep the money and the bad guy comes looking for it. It would be the naive couple's story.

But Ca$h isn't that simple. The story starts with Pyke Kubic (Sean Bean), a Brit flying into Chicago to help out his twin brother, Reese (Sean Bean), whose cash-laden briefcase collided with law-abiding Sam's car. So Ca$h is a brother loyalty story. Besides, the brothers make a business deal: Pyke will recover Reese's cash and they'll split it 50/50.

The line blurs between the traditional antagonist and protagonist, especially as the story progresses. Pyke's unexpected accommodating manner and willingness to help Sam and Leslie collect the cash they stowed and recover the rest they spent, paint him as a likable character, not an evil antagonist. But Pyke has powers of persuasion, both intellectual and physical, and Pyke won't stop until he gets what he wants. So he moves in with Sam and Leslie until every last penny of the cash is back in the briefcase.

Pyke is a savant with numbers. When he learns from Leslie the exact tally of cash that was in the briefcase, he keeps a running tab in his mind of missing cash until every cent is replaced. There is a dark gleefulness in many of the scenes. Pyke escorts the couple to Leslie's mum's house, where they've left a large sum of the cash for safekeeping. They discover that Mum has "borrowed" $600 and Pyke says, "When it comes to cash, nobody can be trusted." When Pyke takes the couple to the banker who was foreclosing on their mortgage until Sam showed up with $7,000 in cash (from the briefcase of destiny), Pyke negotiates a brilliant deal with the bank to loan the couple $11,000.

Sean Bean's (Lord of the Rings, Flight Plan, Patriot Games, National Treasure) performance as Pyke is natural and intense. He draws the audience in with his character's centered calmness, unrelenting focus on his goal and precarious balance of civility and violence. Bean plays his character's genius for numbers and deal-making juxtaposed with his descent into thug-driven brutality, when absolutely necessary, with fluid complexity.

Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, A Perfect Getaway) as Sam gives us a sympathetic, yet humanly flawed character who struggles briefly with the morally right thing to do. It's easy to accept Hemsworth as Sam. He looks like a nice guy; he acts like a nice guy until Pyke shoves Sam into the black hole of criminality. Hemsworth makes the tricky transition from respectable citizen to ruthless armed robber in a convincing arc of desperate acts.

Ca$h isn't a thriller in academic film terms. It's not a traditional action film, either. If the film must have a label, it is neo noir satire. Noir features a desperate protagonist who is an anti-hero. That certainly fits Sean Bean's Pyke/Reese characters. As the story progresses, it also fits Sam and Leslie as they begin to enjoy the power a gun brings to a moment of confrontation, when they're on the trigger end of the 9mm.

Writer/director Stephen Milburn Anderson wrote this script in the Nineties and sat on it until he could make the movie his way. Not giving in to the hellish Hollywood development machine, Anderson and his producers bring us a "genre" film gone rogue.

Just because Hollywood doesn't have the right-size box or label for Ca$h doesn't mean it's not a package worth opening. It's a surprising present of cinema delight and if you are fatigued with Hollywood drivel, Ca$h has your name on it.

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30 out of 49 people found the following review useful:

Nothing Is Free

7/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8 February 2010

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In Chicago, the workers Sam Phelan (Chris Hemsworth) and his wife Leslie (Victoria Profeta) are facing financial problems to pay their mortgage after a period of unemployment. While driving his old Buick below an overpass, Sam sees a wallet falling down on the hood and he finds that there are more than six hundred thousand dollars inside. Sam and Leslie quit their job; pay their mortgage; buy a Land Rover; and refurnish their house. Meanwhile the British criminal Pyke Kubic (Sean Bean) arrives from London to visit his brother Reeve Kubic (Sean Bean) that is imprisoned and tells him that he had thrown the stolen money away to destroy the evidences of the heist but he had seen a Caucasian in an old car getting the wallet. Pyke chases and finds Sam and partially retrieves the money, but more than seventy-four thousand dollars have been spent by the greedy couple and Pyke wants them to refund the amount in five days.

"Ca$h" is an entertaining movie where everybody is corrupt in the end, even those that have been robbed and declare a larger amount to benefit with the insurance. Sean Bean performs a peculiar but very dangerous criminal with a great knowledge of economics. Chris Hemsworth is the typical American low middle class with a great alienation and lack of general culture and the unknown Victoria Profeta is hot and very funny with her big mouth. The screenplay is enjoyable and the resolution of the situation is satisfactory. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Reféns do Crime" ("Hostages of the Crime")

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Could've been better

6/10
Author: Rodrigo Ortega from Buenos Aires
18 September 2010

I have to say this is not a bad movie at all, but I think it could be better. The movie starts with a good premise...a man who is driving down the highway suddenly finds a suitcase with more than half a millon dollars inside...what would you do? expend it? return it to the police? give it to the poor?. Unfortunately for him and his wife, he decided to expend it, only to find later on that the owner of the money has found him and wants the money back. Some of the things this man (Sean Bean) forced them to do are a little far fetched and have no sense at all. The script is far from being a master piece and the dialogues are flat, although the acting is really good, especially Sean Bean's performance. I think the director tried to mix comedy, thriller and action but failed to deliver any of them. I found the first hour of the movie very entertaining, but at the end, it got so repetitive that left me with a bittersweet taste. In conclusion, if you're looking for an entertaining movie, to watch on a Sunday afternoon, this could be it, but don't expect to see the best movie of your lives.

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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

Obsessive compulsive --CA$H

9/10
Author: MisterRight01 from U.S.
29 March 2010

Obsessive compulsive behavior can be hazardous to your health even if you're a bad guy like Sean Bean. This is one of the oldest crime story ever told i.e. the straight guy ends up with the bad guys money and the bad guy wants it back. This one,however, has a twist: the bad guy is a number guy who has O.C.D. and will not settle for anything less than every penny he is owed. In the process he turns the straight guy and his wife into bad guys like himself. I really liked this movie even when it slowed down a little in the middle, because it was a trick they played on the audience. They were setting us up for a big change in the straight couple's character and a surprise ending. There were little flaws in the movie like; Bean practicing Yoga and smoking like chimney,calling the Illinois DMV the Chicago DMV,and a cop-out repayment plan to some of the victims especially to their jerk of a banker. But, by and large this is a very good crime movie with an exceptional ending.

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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

Plays like a TV movie

6/10
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis
26 March 2010

There's some modest potential here in the relationships between the married couple, who accidentally come into some stolen cash, and the mysterious gunman who comes to retrieve it. A better script might have exploited all three ways of these relationships -- how they change, how they twist, how they surprise us as well as the characters themselves. However, while the script occasionally hints at these possibilities, it does little to exploit them and the result is a passable time-killer with most of the limitations of a TV movie. A little tweaking could have made it funnier or scarier or kinkier or more satiric, or could have infused it with more action, but instead "Ca$h" takes no chances and stays in the see-it-and-forget-it mode.

Chris Hemsworth and Victoria Profeta make a blandly attractive couple. Sean Bean is always watchable but he's not knocking himself out here, probably because he has so little to worth with. Curiously, even at age 50 or so, he provides more of the movie's "beefcake" than does young Mr. Hemsworth.

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

A truly inspiring movie

9/10
Author: mmackh from Switzerland
8 August 2010

One of the things that stood out was how the characters evolved. I am not saying that there have been great changes in how they perceive their relationship to the main guy, but I am highlighting how little we see such changes in movies today.

I find, that I keep watching movies with constants and although this title was predictable to an extent, characters took on a more 3 dimensional shape when they dealt with awkward (and often funny) situations.

The main guy had to be a constant. Without him, the contrast between the changes in the married couple would have not stood out. He's got comedy, he's got style.

The one think that started to bore me towards the end was repetition. The same message rehashed over and over in different lines reduced the rating to 9 stars, thats how much I liked it.

If you enjoy a movie that does not conform to the norm, Ca$h is for you.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

No masterpiece but still entertaining

7/10
Author: myoon87 from Canada
21 December 2010

Not all movies are made to be artistic or masterpieces. This is just a random criminal/drama movie that can be entertaining depending on who's watching. It definitely has flaws but had a lot of unintentional weirdly funny scenes. It was an entertaining movie and that's it; nothing special. Still, the movie was a lot better than 80% of the crap movies these days that do half ass job trying to imitate classic movies from the 70' and the 80's.

The characters' dialogue script writing was a little amateurish but oh well.......

It's a good movie to pass free time!

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23 out of 43 people found the following review useful:

Good movie.

8/10
Author: T1GER T1GER from United Kingdom
1 February 2010

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This was a fun and enjoyable movie, love beans character very smart.

was quite funny in parts too.

For me Mr Bean has never been a big movie star, i'v seen him in a lot of British TV, so big rolls have always been hard for me to relax with. In Ca$h, he plays the character perfectly. A very smart criminal who is Strong and powerful with just his presence, and when he wants to he seems pretty handy with his fists. The couple Chris Hemsworth and Victoria Profeta both played convincing parts, i found the lady very attractive, and the guy a bit of a wimp for not reacting to the situation somewhat quicker.

would of got 9/10 with more action, this is no dull movie, just could of done with a little more action.

Anyway giving nothing away, this is well worth watching, and has made Sean Bean the star i can now relax with.

I can see bigger movies coming from Mr Bean. ( Not Rowan Atkinson )

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Fun thriller, but not much else

7/10
Author: Jackpollins from United States
11 April 2010

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Ca$h stars Sean Bean as Pyke, a criminal whose jailed brother tells him he had to let go of a ton of money during a car chase. It just happens that it falls on the roof of the car of Sam (Chris Hemsworth), a poor, don on his luck guy. Along with his wife, Leslie (Victoria Profeta), they automatically blow a lot of the money. It is then Pyke asks them to give them back the money they still have & pay him back the money they spent. That could be them trading in a car, or even robbing convenient stores. It's a good premise made into a fun movie, but it doesn't offer anything besides entertainment. There was already a movie like this called No Country For Old Men, so there's nothing original, and it's not really brave, but it's certainly entertaining. Bean, Profeta, and Hemsworth are all good, although Bean being the great actor that he is outshines both of the lesser actors. Ca$h does veer off into some unnecessary places, but it keeps the audience fully engaged most of the time, and Ca$h provides nice thrills and a decent social satire. The soundtrack by Jim Bianco is also excellent, and adds a lot to the film. So overall, I highly recommend this film for a matinée.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Cash is the answer to everything

6/10
Author: Alice Copeland Brown (alicecbrown@yahoo.com) from Boston
23 October 2010

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Now that we know that everyone is a crook, having seen the movie, it's interesting that even the wife's mother stole part of the money she was given for safekeeping Of course, it's a fable, as the money drops out of the sky......from a van that Sean Bean is driving from a bank heist. He goes to jail and his twin brother comes along to go out and retrieve the money....which he does, every penny.

Don't see this movie if you have a pessimistic view toward your fellow man. The only legal crook they show is the loan officer, which was hilarious in view of the fact that bankers are now our worst crooks.

Sean Bean is the greatest actor today, as he can be in real stinkers and still shine. what an expert. Almost as good as inhabiting various roles as Laurence Olivier, but just the hunk version.

If you don't expect much of this movie, you'll enjoy it. The sheer racist and bigoted views expressed at the beginning are in a way hilarious, as they are definitely politically incorrect. But being as it was in Chicago, they should have had some anti-Catholic humor, if they're going to put down blacks, Muslims, Indians, loan officers, mothers-in-law, Asian shop keepers, 'innocent' young wives, and 'big strong' husbands.

Pretty interesting study in the effects of fear, and the Stockholm syndrome. The writer here knows his Freud.

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