Parents' Guide to

The Vault

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Likable, breezy heist movie has strong language.

Movie R 2021 118 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+
age 6+

If I could give it 6 stars I would

marvelous acting if you don’t mind a bit of swearing it’s a great film with some amazing scenes

Is It Any Good?

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This spirited, fleet-footed heist tale feels like a lower-rent Mission: Impossible or Ocean's movie, but its intriguing puzzle and likable characters make it a pleasant distraction. Directed by Spanish-born Jaume Balagueró, known for his terrifying found-footage horror movie [REC] (2007) and its sequels, The Vault feels like a refreshing departure. Balagueró keeps up roller-coaster suspense while keeping the tone breezy and light -- and without resorting to much violence (though he certainly could have made more of the World Cup framing device). The fact that the vault is based on old mechanics and must be solved with simple logic feels like a bracing change from similar, technology-driven stories (it also recalls the National Treasure movies).

The cast of The Vault is largely made up of "types," but they keep the patter snappy, and each character gets a certain degree of individuality. Famke Janssen appears in a few scenes as a British intelligence officer whose sole job is to talk Walter out of his crazy scheme, but even she brings a little something to the proceedings. A potential weak link is Highmore, previously best known as the child star of Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Arthur and the Invisibles, and more. He's all grown up here, but he doesn't seem to have much range, and he often wears the same semi-blank expression. Nevertheless, he still has a likable quality, and his casting is easy to overlook in favor of the rest of the movie's fun.

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