The Vault (Now Streaming on Netflix)
Follows a genius engineering graduate who is interested in the Bank of Spain’s safe.
Walter was on the verge of becoming a wealthy man, but the jurisdiction forced the money elsewhere. So the man has scoured everywhere to find a guy to help him recover his money and has met Thom, a brilliant kid with a chip on his shoulder.
Once the team is assembled, we get the foundation of trying to set up the heist. The build here was nothing unique or different—you prototypical heist set up, which has been done a billion times before. The stakes are high, but they don’t do a good job of making us feel that.
Freddie Highmore has been on my radar since his fantastic performance in Bates Motel. I didn’t love The Good Doctor and think the show is fine, and I’ve been hoping to see Highmore in more films. I liked him in this as he has a perfect look for a somewhat confident/arrogant tech kid with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He was easily one of the things that keep you invested in the story.
Sometimes we look for an easy watch on Netflix and The Vault fits that bill 100%. For the most part, the third act is solid and turns out to be a little more fun than I expected.
The Verdict: C+
Resort To Love
Erica, who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé’s wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown.
Within the first few moments of the movie, you get that vibe that this is one of those typical ‘Lifetime’ romantic comedies that are all the same. I give them credit for how they utilize the island to bring the entire thing together. First, we’ve got Erica (Christina Milian) trying to put together the pieces of her life after her career and her love life took an unexpected turn for the worse. Next, we meet Jason (Jay Pharoah), who has landed on this island of which Erica is working now, and we come to find out that these two were engaged to be married.
The entire story is hit and miss, sometimes predictable and somewhat boring and others you have moments where they write some fantastic ways to have Christina Milian shine within her role of Erica by doing what she does best, singing. She is brilliant in these moments cause she has a beautiful voice that brings the ‘realness’ of the role of Erica to life. Milian is what holds this movie together from beginning to end.
It is hard to latch onto the story throughout this movie because, at times, the acting is ROUGH. You can’t force the viewers to care when the actors fail to connect the script to the audience.
It is hard to latch onto the story throughout this movie because, at times, the acting is ROUGH. You can’t force the viewers to care when the actors fail to connect the script to the audience. As good a Milian was, her chemistry with Jason is terrible and they are the root of the story and they needed that to entice us to care about their relationship.
Resort to Love isn’t terrible as it is an easy watch but once you are finished, you will forget about it ever existing.