Good heavens. A British film? About a bank job? Whatever will they think of next?
Daylight Robbery is essentially a cross between Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Inside Man and, while certainly not the worst entry in this oversubscribed genre, it merely serves to prove the laws of diminishing returns. By all means take two of the better crime capers of the past 10 years as your inspiration … but then don’t be surprised if your lower budget, under-developed movie suffers painfully by comparison.
The central gimmick though is a good one (albeit unlikely given London traffic). A group of lads persuades the pretty check-in girl to let them book into their flight early so they can watch the World Cup. However, football is the last thing on their minds, other than for providing a perfect alibi. After they’ve checked in, it’s back in the van and off to the City of London for a long-planned £70m bank raid. However, as is so often the case, things don’t go at all to plan and tensions between the group threaten to boil over and ruin everything. But then you probably guessed that.
It’s a shame that the execution of the film is so pedestrian as there’s clearly the makings of something better here. The performances are generally good, there are a couple of solid twists and it’s always good to see a genre film that at least tries to rely on characterisation rather than pulling all the technical tricks out of the box. However, this is undermined by Leonti’s inability to make us care about the characters or understand their motivation, outside of simple, dishonest greed. He also throws in a few too many Guy Ritchie-isms, trying to round out the characters with pointless quirks (Boulter’s hip-hop loving Ali G-esque criminal, for example) rather than well drawn detail. Ultimately, it's as doomed to fail as the bank job it depicts. File under "nice try, but..."