Set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Heist from British Filmmaker Scott Mann, is a Crime Thriller centered on Luke Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who amidst financial struggle is unable to pay for his daughter’s life-saving surgery. With former ties to a casino owner, known as The Pope (Robert DeNiro), he goes back for a final favour but is denied the financial help he so desperately needs. He and his partner Cox (Dave Bautista) then devise a plan to rob The Pope and things take a great turn when they are forced to hijack a bus, with the law and The Pope hot on their trails.
Despite a heavy dose of machismo, guns, hits and expletives in Stephen Cyrus Sepher‘s screenplay, at the center of it all is not one – but two father-daughter story lines, which drive the actions of both Luke and The Pope. We have Luke, whom in his desperation is forced to look for alternate means of ensuring his daughter’s survival and also The Pope, who looks to reconcile with his daughter Sydney (Kate Bosworth) one last time after years of estrangement.
Despite some solid performances among the ensemble by the likes of an eCig-smoking DeNiro, a menacing Bautista (who also has 007 flick Spectre opening this weekend) and Morgan, ultimately the Film’s focus on the chase never quite feels as dangerous as it should, masks something that could have been more heartfelt and affecting, the heart and soul of what makes our two leading men sacrifice it all – the love of their daughters. We wish there were a bit development there as fantastic Bosworth, is seen far too little.
A wise decision to release this on-demand amidst the rush of high-profile releases, Heist certainly is a choice to spend a lazy fall afternoon or evening this weekend. VVS Films release Heist on-demand Friday, November 13, 2015.