Blu-ray Review: THE VAULT

THE VAULT was directed by Dan Bush from a screenply he co-wrote with Conal Byrne and stars James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr., Q’orianka Kilcher, Jeff Gum and Keith Loneker.

Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault — home to something truly evil.

This haunted heist thriller follows two sisters, Leah Dillon (Francesca Eastwood) and Vee Dillon (Taryn Manning), their brother Michael Dillon (Scott Haze), and two of their friends who decide to rob an old bank. They have a plan laid out but it starts to backfire on them when things get extremely weird inside closed doors. On the inside, there’s Ed Maas (James Franco), the assistant manager who’s willing to help them in any way he can as long as nobody gets hurt, while Detective Tom Iger (Clifton Collins Jr.) and the police force surround the place on the outside to try and stop the heist.

Ed lets Leah and her siblings know that the big money is down in the basement locked up inside an old vault so they decide to take a chance and go for the big payday. While all of this is going on, the siblings also reveal that they don’t have the best of relationships and this does come into play. As the movie plays out, it just gets stranger and then members of this small group start getting killed off viciously by a supernatural force that’s lurking around the old vault. It doesn’t end well for these bank robbers and in the end it’s revealed that a tragedy took place in this bank years earlier and who this mysterious assistant manager actually is.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Vault is a movie that I watched when it first premiered exclusively on Netflix a few years ago and it’s just now getting a Blu-ray release. It’s a pretty cool chiller with a good cast that deals with this heist that goes off the tracks when it’s revealed that there’s something really wrong with the bank this small group decides to rob. We’ve gotten all kinds of haunted movies, from houses to hospitals, amusement parks to police stations, so why not a bank? The movie has an original plot and a handful of interesting characters to follow as well as some creepy scenes. It’s your typical overdone scares that so many others horror movies have used but they’re still creepy nonetheless. There’s also lots of blood and gore that the horror hounds should enjoy. All in all, I enjoyed revisiting this one and it’s about time it made its home video debut. The Vault will be available on Blu-ray on March 26th.

Distributor: Film Rise

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only Blu-ray extra is the original theatrical trailer. (01:57)

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