Director: Eric Besnard
Screenplay: Eric Besnard
Producers: Patrice Ledoux & Luc Bossi
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Valeria Golino, Jean Reno, Alice Taglioni, Francois Berleand & Ciaran Hinds
Year: 2008
Country: France
Duration: 100 mins

Perhaps it’s just lucky happenstance that the producers of Ca$h, made in 2008, have chosen to now release it on Blu Ray and DVD. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that its lead actor – Jean Dujardin – is currently flying high on the world silver screen after his award-winning role in The Artist.

Ca$h, however, is a poor-mans attempt at an Ocean’s Eleven-type heist, double-cross, what-the-heck-is-going-on kind of flick. I’m convinced that the director thinks it’s bigger, better and slicker than it actually is – and I’m not sure that kind of smugness does it any favours. Not even the supporting role of Jean Reno and a great cameo by Ciaran Hinds can fully rescue it from what smacked of cinematic self-pleasure.

Cash (Dujardin) plots the revenge of his brother’s murder and eventually teams up with veteran thief Maxime (Reno) to orchestrate a diamond heist. Cue the cool Jazz and slick Ocean’s Eleven-style editing. Cash is being trailed by Detective Molina (Golino) but is she all she seems? Detective Molina wants out, and a big pay day is on the cards. Together they form a team with Maxime, Garance (Taglioni) and Francois (Berleand) – but who is trying to double-cross whom?

Sounds good? Well, it should. But because this smacked of being done far too many times already it fell flat. Steven Soderbergh and Guy Ritchie can pull this off, but Besnard falls short of the mark, sadly. I felt that, in the editing, there were too many convenient ‘lies’ designed to throw the viewer off the right scent and the end just seemed too contrived, too convenient to be as good as it could have been.

Ca$h is now available on DVD and Blu Ray.

Review by Andy Goodman

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