Brilliant... Brutal... Torn from tonight's headlines!
A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong, when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ahead with the robbery, but when the driver of the armoured van is killed in the raid, his wife plans revenge, and with the police closing in, the gang start to turn on each other.
Great heist movie where the heist is over quickly and isn't the centrepiece. When it goes bad and the armoured truck driver is killed, his wife plots revenge, while one of the thieves' wives plots how to get a bigger share of the loot. Putting pressure on from both ends, these women help the gang destroy itself. Cool cast including Michael Craig, Billie Whitelaw and Tom Bell. Longer review at hqofk.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/payroll/
This is a very decent British crime film with some excellent moments. Tom Bell carries off the part of the main baddie pretty well but I do not feel he is consistently good throughout, although this may well be shortcomings in the script, which certainly needed tightening up. I thought Billie Whitelaw rather unconvincing as mother of two and amateur sleuth, but she just about gets away with it. No, for me it is Francoise Prevost who brings this film to life. She dominates every frame she is in and the whole film seems to step up a gear. We are uncertain as to her motives and I am sure this is intended if unusual in a film such as…