DVD Review: VAULT

VAULT is based on a true story. The movie was directed by Tom DeNucci from a screenplay he co-wrote with B. Dolan and stars Theo Rossi, Clive Standen, Samira Wiley, Chazz Palminteri and Don Johnson. Vault is a hard-hitting thriller set in the 1970s and based on true events, where two small-time crooks cook up an ill-fated scheme to rip off a nearby vault for $30 million—money that belongs to the local Mafia.

The story for Vault begins in Providence, Rhode Island and centers around Deuce (Theo Rossi) and Chucky (Clive Standen), two small-time crooks who go around robbing banks for easy paydays. Deuce ends up meeting Karyn (Samira Wiley) from one of the banks they hold up and the two oddly enough hit it off. What happens is, Deuce and Chucky decide to go for the big payday and rob a giant vault that’s hidden inside a fur store. They recruit a small team of skilled associates and are backed by Gerry (Don Johnson), one of the local crime bosses that Deuce and Chucky have worked for in the past.

The small team of criminals pull the robbery off without a hitch but as soon as everything settles, members of the small group are being knocked off one at a time. The big question is, who’s behind it? Deuce has run off to Los Vegas with Karyn where things end up getting messy between them and this is when Deuce starts to fall apart. He also has to deal with his best friend Chucky who may or may not have betrayed him. There’s a price on his head but who’s calling the shots? Is it Gerry or Raymond (Chazz Palminteri), another crime boss and a much more sinister figure?

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 DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Vault ended up being one of the better crime-thrillers to come along in quite a while. The story was interesting and I thought the cast did a fantastic job with their characters. Besides the main cast, there’s also a lot of cameos in the movie that include William Forsythe, Chuck Zito, Lala Kent, Andrew Divoff, Burt Young and Vincent Pastore and that’s not all of them. How’s that for casting up an entertaining crime-thriller that didn’t really get a big release. Anyway, greed always gets in the way when big bucks are involved, from small time schmucks and especially when the mafia is involved because you better tread lightly when dealing with them. Oh yeah, and don’t go messing around their turf when you’re not a part of the family. Capeesh? Vault is also a throwback to the 70’s and they nailed it as far as the look goes. All in all, I thought Tom DeNucci did a really good job telling this “front page” crime story and bringing it to life on screen. The Bonded Vault Heist was one of the biggest robberies in American history at the time and the fortune was never recovered. This stylish mafia thriller will be available on DVD on August 13th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The DVD extras include some Audio Commentary, three deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailer.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Tom DeNucci and Director of Photography Sam Eilertsen.
  • Deleted Scenes (03:13)
  • Behind-the-Scenes of Vault (09:58)
  • Vault Trailer (02:12)

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