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The Vault review: Siblings’ sinister escapades

 

By Damon Smith

A bank robbery takes a chilling supernatural twist in director Dan Bush’s horror thriller.

Sisters Leah (Francesca Eastwood) and Vee (Taryn Manning) plot a heist with their cash-strapped brother Michael (Scott Haze) to solve their financial woes.

While one of the girls applies for a job as a teller, Michael and two associates pose as firemen, who enter the bank to check the premises are secure while an inferno rages down the street.

The robbery unfolds as planned but the siblings discover that the branch only has around 70,000 US dollars, which isn’t enough money. Thankfully, one of the bank’s employees, Ed (James Franco), reveals the existence of a second secret vault in the basement containing millions of dollars.

As soon as the robbers enters, they unleash an ancient malevolent force that turns the criminals against each other with horrific and bloody consequences.

As the body count rises, Leah, Vee and Michael realise that a prison sentence is the least of their worries.

Three stars

Insyriated: Tension-filled ride in civil war

Set over the course of one hellish day, director Philippe Van Leeuw’s claustrophobic drama glimpses the conflict in Syria through the eyes of a mother, who is trying to keep her brood safe from harm in the family’s first-floor apartment.

Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) is determined to protect her son Yazan (Mohammad Jihad Sleik) and daughters Yara (Alissar Kaghadou) and Aliya (Ninar Halabi) from the barbarity in the surrounding streets.

She is also sheltering her father-in-law Mustafa (Mohsen Abbas), Yara’s boyfriend Kareem (Elias Khatter), her neighbours and the family’s maid Delhani (Juliette Navis).

When one of the group is shot by snipers in the street during a meeting with a reporter, Oum Yazan attempts to conceal this shocking turn of events from her guests to avoid panic.

Tensions gradually escalate and, when two men break into the apartment, the mother and her family face their worst fears.

Four stars

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