Vol. 14, No. 23 – Aug 11 – Aug 24, 2021 – Movie Review

Streaming Spotlight by Cindy Summers
The Vault – Netflix

3 out of 4 palm trees
Breeze rating from 1 to 4 palm trees, 4 being best.

Thom (Freddie Highmore) seemed to have the world on a string. He was an engineering student graduating from Cambridge University and due to the fact that he created an unusual and ingenious solution to deal with an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he was courted with 6 figure salaries from all the largest oil companies. Thom’s interests were not with high salaries, they were with providing unique engineering solutions that can help people, so he was very disinterested in following in his father’s footsteps and working for a major oil company.

Walter Moreland (Liam Cunningham) was a treasure hunter and found his elusive “holy grail” when he finally located the sunken ship of Sir Francis Drake, which not only had a wealth of treasure but was known to have a box with 3 coins that were a treasure map to even more treasure beyond measure. Immediately after they found the box and brought it to the surface, Spanish Customs seized the treasure, including the box and the situation was referred to the International Court, at The Hague to make a ruling on whether the treasure belonged to the Spanish Crown or Walter. The Court ruled in favor of Spain and treasure was taken to a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under The Bank of Spain

While at dinner with his father, Thom got a call from an unknown number with directions to follow a stranger, and when he grabbed his coat he found a treasure coin and an invitation to meet at a location to find out why. He ended up meeting Walter in a bar, who proposed to him “I want you to help me break into the vault under the most secure location in the world.” Walter chose Thom because the vault was considered to be a miracle of engineering, and left him with a ticket from London to Madrid to meet the team if he was interested.

Thom met the team: Klaus was the computer wiz in the control booth., Simon was responsible for acquisitions, and Lorraine (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) was skilled at slight of hand and a master of disguise. James (Sam Riley) was Walter’s friend who worked together for 10 years and was responsible for planning, entry, extraction and would be leading the team. They reviewed that Walter’s plan to was to break in during the Soccer World Cup Finals, and though they had a plan to get to the vault, they had no idea how to access the vault which was known as The Enigma.

Thom’s curiosity was peaked, to he agreed to join the team to see if he could solve the issue of accessing the vault. The team was already working on certain aspects of the plan, but needed Thom’s genius brain to solve the most important part and Thom also turned out to be very skilled at looking at complex problems and finding simple and effective methods to solve them. Though the rest of the team was skeptical at first, they quickly embraced Thom as a lead member due to his quick thinking solutions.

The team began to carry out their plan, and whenever they came up against a hurdle Thom stepped in to do or resolve whatever was needed to complete the mission. Little did they know they would be betrayed by one of their own in their quest to recover when they felt they rightly owned.

Rated: R (Language)
Runtime: 1h 58m

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