459. Plastic

Background info

459-plasticTitle: Plastic
Director: Julian Gilbey
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 42m

“High octane thriller PLASTIC tells the story of intelligent and brazen Sam, who leads a ring of university students to become credit card thieves in order to augment their income. As their activities become more daring, they accidentally rob a notorious gangster named Marcel and are forced to up their game to pay him back 10 times the amount they stole… with interest. To pay off the debt, they take their scam on the road to Miami; the city of “high stakes”. Based on a true story, PLASTIC’s talented cast of credit card thieves features ring leader Ed Speelers, and accomplice, BAFTA-winner Will Poulter.”

Live blog

2:41 – As if you can request a delivery time. Life’s not THAT good.
8:37 – Quite a few ruses going on here. Very imaginative.
10:39 – That seven-year-old appeared to be getting a Mac Book Pro for a present.
11:42 – “Stop staring at her like a serial killer and go talk to her.”
23:27 – It’s not terrifying at all to meet dark, shady characters in a cold, windy forest at night.
27:56 – Tmail. Close enough to gmail.
28:50 – I so want to use that in a conversation. “To be continued.”
34:43 – Making two million and having to go on holiday to be able to do it… that’s fun!
43:06 – “What, drinking in public places? That’s what homeless people do every day.”
46:10 – Gotta be able to run fast to be a thief then.
53:13 – Search engine called “Search” with each letter in a different primary colour. Suspicious.
1:07:06 – Whenever anyone says game face now, we always think Kremlin.
1:15:39 – If Hustle has taught me anything, there are still more twists to come.
1:18:45 – Eek, using someone else’s phone also not a good idea.
1:23:36 – “I’m going to ventilate your head.” That’s a new description.
1:28:59 – Point and shoot!
1:31:34 – That’s awkward.

Conclusions

Mr C wanted to watch this one because it was available to rent at the same time as it was in the cinema, and he’s keen to encourage such behaviour. I wanted to watch it because it’s got Hannah from Hollyoaks in it.

It was a good film, based on a true story apparently, and it felt like an extended version of Hustle. It didn’t quite have the polished finish you might hope for, and some of the fight scenes looked very odd to my untrained eye. But the young stars were very good, Will Poulter in particular. Although it must be said from the variety of bikini’s Emma Rigby sported, I don’t think she was hired for her acting ability.

I didn’t quite understand why the mafia boss at the beginning was quite so heavy-handed with them, his punishment didn’t really seem to fit the crime at all, but once that was out the way, it was just a good heist film to enjoy.

Rating: 3/5

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