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3/10
Surprisingly tiresome
Leofwine_draca28 January 2020
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VAULT is a really poor attempt to recapture the kind of exciting, gritty heist movies of the 1970s a la DOG DAY AFTERNOON et al, mixing up the genre with a bit of gangsterism at the same time. The end result turns out to be a tiresome dud, and it's all down to the poor quality of the writing. The script seems obsessed with drawn-out romantic interludes while the performances are indifferent and the main actors feel out of their depth. Even a few cameos from seasoned old-timers like Don Johnson and Burt Young fail to excite. The heist scenes themselves are rather dull, and for me that's a cardinal sin.
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4/10
Tarantino wannabe
SnoopyStyle22 June 2021
It's 1975. The Mafia is powerful. Deuce (Theo Rossi) and Chucky (Clive Standen) are small time robbers. Deuce starts pursuing Karyn (Samira Wiley). The boys get caught. In prison, they are recruited by Gerry Ouimette (Don Johnson) who is tired of losing out to his Italian mob partners. The small group of criminals plan to steal $30 million from the mob in Rhode Island.

The production, the directing, and the script are all inferior. The Buddy thing is a little funny but in the end, director Tom DeNucci is a struggling Tarantino wannabe. He doesn't have the skills to pull it off. The movie moves too slowly and lacks tension. There are good actors here but they don't have a good overall orchestrator.
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5/10
The Fault with the "Vault"
zardoz-1316 August 2019
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"Almost Mercy" writer & director Tom DeNucci and co-scenarist B. Dalton bite off more than they can chew in "Vault," an ambitious but humdrum portrayal of a momentous robbery that also heralded the decline of La Cosa Nostra in America. Basically, "Vault" depicts a little known but spectacular $34 million robbery committed by two small-time hoods who never learned that crime doesn't pay. The infamous robbery took place on the morning of August 14, 1975, at the Hudson Fur Storage at 101 Cranston Street in Providence's West Side in Rhode Island. Not only did they pull off this once-in-a-lifetime robbery without casualties, but they also got clean away with more loot than you can ever imagine. Afterward, however, they discover that claiming their share of the loot would be an involved and drawn-out proposition. Up-and-coming thespians Theo Rossi and Clive Standen, who headline this low-budget crime saga, orchestrate the operation in this cliché riddled heist caper. Several familiar crime genre stalwarts, Chazz Palminteri, Don Johnson, William Forsythe, Burt Young, Andrew Divoff, and Victor Pastore, provide sturdy support in peripheral roles in this 99-minute, R-rated potboiler. DeNucci and company score brownie points galore for restoring the year 1975 with nothing egregious to burst the nostalgic bubble. Unfortunately, DeNucci isn't as gifted a maestro as Martin Scorsese, especially since his historic Mafia heist in "Goodfellas" (1990), co-starring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, shares certain similarities with "Vault." Despite its' commendable production values, "Vault" generates little excitement, resorts to hackneyed movie formulas, and ultimately tempts you to fast-forward the action to fadeout. Indeed, crime doesn't pay in "Vault," but the authorities have never able to prove in court without a shadow of a doubt who ordered the robbery. DeNucci and Dalton have their own take on the mystery man. The action boils down to criminals versus criminals. In fact, the police are seen only occasionally! At the same time, DeNucci chronicles the friendship between the two protagonists, Deuce (Theo Rossi of "Cloverfield") and Chucky (Clive Standen of "Patient Zero"), who met when they were fifteen. DeNucci delivers few surprises along the way, and the action is wholly derivative. The supreme irony of "Vault" is the Mafia may have been the culprits who made off with the $34 million. Crime buffs may tolerate it once but watching it more than once might be sleep inducing.

Tom DeNucci covers a lot of ground with little flair in this half-baked but historically exciting yarn. During the opening 30 minutes, DeNucci and Dalton introduce Deuce and Chucky, and their first scene together is reminiscent of a Tarantino conversation from one of his early films. Poised to rob a pawnshop, Deuce refuses to wear a mask. Futilely, Chucky argues with him about wearing a mask. Everybody will only remember the muzzle of his revolver, Deuce rants, rather than his facial features. Eventually, Chucky relents and then sheds his own mask. The two gunmen enter the store and brandish their weapons. All but one of the employees, Karyn (Samira Wiley of "Rob the Mob"), refuses to cooperate with Deuce's revolver staring her in the face. Deuce marvels at Karyn's defiance and finds himself attracted to this fearless African American dame. Oddly enough, despite her initial hostility, Karyn reciprocates Deuce's interest. Later, she accompanies Deuce home and samples his mother's cooking. Meanwhile, Deuce and Chucky get too big for their britches and try to rob two banks in the same day. Indeed, they might have gotten away with it, had Deuce not enlisted his younger brother, Tommy (Michael Zuccola of "Erebus"), as their getaway driver. As he listens to the police-band radio, Tommy loses his nerve and splits seconds before Deuce and Chucky dive into the backseat. The police surprise the pair, and they land in prison. A shady Frenchman, Gerry Quimette (Don Johnson of "Miami Vice") recruits them as bodyguards to protect him from the Mafia. Since he is French, Gerry cannot become a Made-Man, and Mafia chieftain Raymond Patriarca (Chazz Palminteri of "The Usual Suspects") isn't happy with Gerry's blasphemous request. Nevertheless, Raymond and Gerry have a complicated history of collaboration, and Gerry knows more about Mafia business than any non-Italian could and still rise for breakfast each day. After our protagonists are released from prison, Gerry contacts them about a heist at the Hudson Fur Company. He promises them each a $70-thousand payday. Initially, Deuce is leery about it, but Chucky persuades him to change his mind. They hire five accomplices to help them clean out about 146 safety deposit boxes in a huge commercial vault at a private warehouse. Nobody has ever dared to rob Hudson Furs, probably because everybody knew it was a Mafia safehouse.

DeNucci directs "Vault" as if it were a documentary. First, neither Deuce nor Chucky engage our sympathy. Low-life thieves that these characters are, the enigmatic actors portraying them struggle to give them any redeeming qualities. Little about Deuce and Chucky is likeable. Second, by the time these two give up the ghost, you'll find nothing amusing about their naïveté. Morally, DeNucci glorifies neither the crime nor the criminals. DeNucci stages the heist, but he doesn't generate a palatable sense of either dread or suspense. The actual robbery is more monotonous than nerve-racking. Our protagonists aren't even in the vault while their accomplices drill industriously into one safe deposit box after another, piling up heaps of currency on the floor. Meantime, Deuce and Chucky keep several Hudson Fur Storage employees at gunpoint. Indeed, "Vault" musters a surprise or two, and one is the reversal ending that surprises both of them. DeNucci helms the first two-thirds of "Vault" with efficiency rather than finesse, while the final third, where Deuce and Karyn reunite, spirals into boredom. At this point, you'd think these guys would have realized they would get their share of the lead instead of the loot. Despite the unique significance of its historical background, "Vault" qualifies as routine at best and uninspiring at worst.
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7/10
interesting historical big money heist made on low budget
ops-5253514 June 2019
Its a low budget, small cast, and very few extras on this filmproduction. its a classic take on the mafia money in new hampshire in 1975, and the start and the end of the movie gives some nice archive clips from the media made before and after the heist.

there are a cast that has been used , merely in small roles in big productions from the 80's till now, and considering their brand x they still do a fine job. the filmography tells a good story, but the screenplay could have been better made. its not like the oceans movies but an alright flick to see fro one night.

the grumpy old man liked the speed of happenings here, the humour are nice, and the films playtime are just perfect. i will recommend a look at this semi succesfull heist, were the majority of money still not accounted for
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4/10
Lousy direction. Looks interesting at first, because of some good actors, but a lousy direction cripples this movie.
imseeg16 December 2020
Tarantino copycat. And a very mediocre copycat. I dont mind movies that copy other movies, but this movie direction is plain lousy: the editing is ridiculous, the soundtrack is irritating, the dialogues dont flow naturally, although the dialogue lines themselves aint bad.

That these kind of heist stories have been told numerous times before isnt a problem, that this movie tells it in a mediocre way, THAT is definitely a problem. I can smell a Tarantino copycat from miles away. And this is such a mediocre copycat.

Not any good? Well, Chaz Palminteri and Don Johnson are starring in it and they have produced this movie as well. But the other leading characters are (at best) only suited for starring in average, run of the mill tv series, because these actors are lacking in any kind of charisma or credibiliy.

The story: the preparation for a big heist. Yawn...
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6/10
Pretty Good Crime Flick
gwnightscream27 July 2020
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This 2019 crime drama is based on true events telling about 2 pals that are hired for a bank heist that becomes one of the biggest in history, but things take a dark turn around them by greed, drugs, murder & betrayal. Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), William Forsythe (The Devil's Rejects) and Burt Young (Rocky) are featured. This is a pretty good crime flick that features a decent cast, good 70's atmosphere & score. The finale could've been better, but I'd still give this one a try if you enjoy crime/heist stories.
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1/10
A robbery film with less action! Bored to freaking death! Avoid it like a plague!
kwenchow6 July 2019
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This film is about Gerry hire Deuce and Chucky to rob his rival bonded vault! Entire film full of boring and unnecessary conversation! Most intense scene is Chucky fighting in the prison! Deuce kissing Karyn scene also very bored and overuse! Karyn fall in love with Deuce after Deuce rob the bank she working! Really ridiculous! Gerry actually no intention to pay both of them any money after the job done! Deuce eventually offer by a so called witness protection program to testify who involve in this robbery! That's all! Completely wasting time to watch!
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4/10
VIEWS ON FILM review of Vault
burlesonjesse512 July 2019
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Macho criminals who don't wear masks, don't think rationally, and don't get the controlled crime lingo, try to pull off the biggest heist in U.S. history ($30 million-plus kiddies). That's the blueprint for 2019's pseudo-stylish and hot-messed, Vault.

Vault, with its slight Scorsese influence, its Steven Soderbergh drawl, and its Providence, R.I. suture, is yet another crime drama that seems to disregard long-ago ingenuity. Part Black Mass, part Departed, part 2018's Gotti, part Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, part Goodfellas, and part Ocean's Eleven, Vault is the cinematic equivalent of a debased mutt who can't find his mommy.

Vault is based on true accounts, takes place mostly in Rhode Island, and is directed by a thirtysomething named Tom DeNucci (a Rhode Island native himself). DeNucci likes to show off with the camera a la triple split-screens, zooms, flashbacks, and the occasional freeze-frame.

What Tom's Vault lacks ultimately is flow, flux, or a sense of A to B. As you watch Vault, you say to yourself, "why should I care about these characters, what is their deal, and how the heck did they get here?" The monkey editing in Vault is slipshod, the Mob violence is pedestrian (it could be the budget), the end credits in Vault make you chuckle (because everything feels a little arbitrary), and the actors (Theo Rossi, Clive Standen) do what they can with a tough-talking, clunky script.

Known troupers like Don Johnson, William Forsythe, Burt Young, and Chazz Palminteri show up occasionally but they barely register. In truth, everyone in Vault comes off like parody versions of ruthless gangsters.

Despite a decent sense of time and place (the mid-70's), a clear-cut reference to Richard Nixon, an interrogation twist ending, and some retro commercials on the tele, this "vault" is still an unsavory "depository". Rating: 1 and a half stars.
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5/10
Could of been good
elliotjeory18 September 2020
A surprisingly boring heist film, very stereotypical, had more actors from The Sopranos than The Sopranos itself. Second half was a whiney story. Should of been better.
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7/10
Vault
btreakle13 June 2020
It's a pretty good gangster movie on a low budget. Not the best I have watched but still worth watching in my view. Gets too emotional in some parts but then this is based on a true story
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6/10
A good mob story
allanmichael3013 January 2020
It was watchable and good characters but not the best mob story ever.
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3/10
No goodfellas
Headturner126 June 2019
I went into this not knowing this was based on a true story. I agree with the consensus. The writing and script were awful. A true story how hard is it?!? Now seeing Chaz in this I need to hurry and watch " Bronx Tale" to wash this performance out of my mind( not like he was awful) but not how I want to remember him. The best acting was from Lala Kent haha. I recognized her from VR. I usually love 70's based movies and they should of at least taken advantage with a good soundtrack. This just had a very cheesy low budget feel. I wasn't awful just badly shot , edited, written etc.
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3/10
Not a total waste of time, but a waste of a golden opportunity
carlos-pires18 June 2019
The underlying story is really great material to make an epic mafia movie. These guys botched it. The scriptwriting sucks. The direction is average at best. The acting, with the (expected) exceptions of Don Johnson and Chazz Parmenteri, is below average. Editing, sound mixing, makeup, and production design are also below average. For starters, at least some 20 minutes could be edited out, preventing some boredom and making for a much more exciting movie. Then there are all those small details that pull you away from suspension of disbelief: the terrible makeup to pretend hangovers and drug use actually makes actors look like quarterbacks with blackeye on; the over-the-top 70's fashion; the computer-printed signs on the supermarket window; the constant background music with a senseless baseline which doesn't match the mood of 90% of the scenes... it all comes through as somewhat amateurish. The last scene, though it is actually an expected plot turn, is actually very well directed. That's about it. In short, this is not a total waste of time, but a waste of a golden opportunity. I hope someone with talent can one day make a really great movie with this story.
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6/10
A stylish miss
shoobe01-121 September 2021
Well to stunningly-well filmed, good production design, even good sound design. Pretty good job with period sets, etc (the budget shows here and there for exteriors but what can you do), but... the movie itself failed all this hard work. The story is a bit nothing, the script wanders about, the editing dumbed that down even further, and the acting is largely mediocre or notably scenery chewing for no good reason.
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2/10
Don't bother
contactmaz14 June 2019
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A good story because it's based on a real heist but the acting and script was bad. Very poor acting and much of Deuce's and Chucky's acting was laughable. There was no way that 2 low-IQ goons could do this heist but apparently, they did. I was very surprised/shocked that I watched it all the way through! Never mind, it could have been much worse, but a 2 rating is all that I felt it deserved. Sort of proves how poor the acting was if these goons did actually pull off the job with their 'buddies'!

I think IMDB/Amazon should also be able to filter out all of these fake ratings and reviews that are occurring. Several reviews, all on 14th June, a 9 or 10 rating, and written in the same format! Pretty pathetic if this can't be detected and just proves that fake reviews with high ratings is needed to help this rubbish film along. Just changed my rating from 3 to 2 by the way!
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4/10
Like A Cross Country Drive On Cruise Control....Y A W N......
PurpleCrayon201416 June 2019
With a runtime of 1h 39min, VAULT sure is a long movie. The film is filled with really uninteresting main and sub characters, the writing oh so bla·sé, with Chazz Palminteri, Don Johnson, William Forsythe and The Sopranos gang giving just enough to get their paycheck and go. The production of this film is really horrible. The most disappointing item of all-Samira Wiley getting typecasted as just another crack whore, with no redeeming quality to offer Vault at all. There was a lot of talent that could have been offered in this film-and all of it squandered by inexperienced writers, directors and producers.
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7/10
Solid 7.5
jimmyjoe58321 June 2019
This movie was better than expected. Nowadays you see movies where actors who were former leads take smaller roles as they age due to eroding star power. That is the case in this movie as Chazz Palminteri and Don Johnson along with William Forsythe step up and play pivotal roles in the based on a true story mafia flick. The leads were previously unknown to me but were very capable and were ably supported. While the story is not necessarily new, essentially a bank heist. The performances and the fact it was based upon a true story keep the viewers engaged. Ignore the over the top bad reviews. it is a very watchable flick.
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6/10
Good mafia movie
lakings973 October 2021
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Vault is based on true events about two small time crooks in 1975 played by Theo Rossi and Clive Standen who are hired by the local mafia headed by Chazz Palminterri who was sent to prison for murder, corruption, and bribery. His right hand man was played by Don Johnson who orchestrated the heist of the decade to rob a vault that had over $30 million in mafia dough in Rhode Island. William Forsythe helped with the heist then took care of each guy that took part in the event. Unfortunately none if the guys got their cut they were promised instead the money got back in the hands of the mafia. They stole from themselves to flush the funds and to collect insurance money. Of course all these mafia movies you would expect Vincent Pastore, Burt Young, and John Fiore as part of the movie just like this one. The two crooks end up in witness protection but they don't last long as drugs and crooked deals cut their lives short. Definitely check it out especially if you like mafia flicks, it was worth watching at least once.
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5/10
Almost documentary movie
redtiago1 March 2021
Movie based on true facts about a Mafia robbery in the 70s in Rhode Island.

It is a competent film but almost like a documentary, it will certainly be factually very correct but misses something more exciting and dramatic.

I recommend it only to fans of robbery movies...
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6/10
Based on real life but too much artistic licence
lloyd15018 January 2020
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I liked the film, it is loosely based on a true story. However after reading about the actual crimes this was based the real story is much better than the film. I got a feeling that the writer and director wanted us to like the protagonists. In real life these were pretty nasty men and had no remorse for their crimes. Even after the main heist they continued with armed robbery for the rest of their lives. As for the lead lady she was picked up in a seedy club, not in another heist and was not a long term girlfriend. So the romantic element was also way overplayed.
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5/10
Slow and steady...
moorestahl24 June 2019
...I really wanted to like this movie. The trailer looked promising and the cast good but sadly it just didn't float well enough to sail. From the moment it started, every minute felt like an hour. I just wanted it to end. I stuck with it until the end and was so relieved it was finally over. The best role in the whole movie was Samira Denise Wiley, who was fantastic, other than that...it sank!
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9/10
If you like true crime and history
lpatterson8323 April 2020
If you like true crime and history, as I do, I enjoyed this. I loved the facts, the locations, Providence, the towns, and the zany spot-on characters. I thought this was fun and well done. The casting was superb, the acting was good, the cinematography could have been a bit better, but all in all, this is a fabulous heist movie that is TRUE. Not a commercial film, but I liked that it had an artsie feel to it. I've already recommended it.

I read the rest of the reviews and had to laugh about the 'bad acting' I've lived in Boston, and know Providence and run into these 'characters'. Not the ones in the movie but similar and trust me, that's not bad acting, that is spot on acting for character that ARE bad actors. They walk like that, they talk like that, they interact like that. It was so funny to me that the reviewers missed that. Good job on the film!!
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7/10
A decent mob movie based on a true story
andrewpeel25 January 2020
Giving this movie 1 or 2 stars is criminal in itself hence I was forced to write a review. OK there are better mob movies out there but there are also a lot worse. Plus it's based on a true story so when some of the other reviews blame 'the story' please engage brain before reviewing.

It's a stylish recreation of the 70's & tells a story of one of the biggest heists in American history that actually saw the downfall of the Mafia. What else do people want from a low budget movie?
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2/10
Tired, Vintage American Italiano mafia BS
davidklein-0639919 August 2019
PLAYED OUT, generic 70's, glorified mafia flick. Stereotype characters. Don Johnson could have done well here, but they give him three scenes. No real genius heist or plot. Chaz Palminterri as the "boss". Its like a cartoon. And the "token" black girlfriend? C'mon, man.
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5/10
Mess of Disjointed Ideas
vintagegeek-9746528 May 2021
This was so weird I thought it was made in 1979 or so. Looks like they just shot a bunch of scenes of stereotypical mafia stuff and told the editor to fix it. Enjoyed the vintage cars. That is all.
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