Ca$h and Drab

Sean Bean in Ca$h (2010)

Chicago residents Sam Phelan (Chris Hemsworth) and his wife Leslie (Victoria Profeta) are having money worries and are having to deal with a sadistic bank manager who is looking to pull the plug on their mortgage. But then money just falls out of the sky and in to their laps, well in fact a case full of money falls on to the hood of Sam's car as he is driving along. With the new found fortune they clear their debts and go on a spending spree, doing up their place and buying a new car. Meanwhile British criminal Pyke Kubic (Sean Bean) arrives in Chicago to visit his incarcerated twin brother Reeve (Sean Bean) only to learn that he had to throw a case of stolen money when the cops gave chase following a heist. Now the relentless Pyke in his set ways sets about tracking down the missing money and when the trail leads him to Sam and Leslie he forces them to not only hand over the money they have but also forces them to turn to crime to get the money back which they spent.

As concepts go "Ca$h" has potential even if the gimmick of swapping the "S" in the title for a dollar sign is tacky. The whole idea of a criminal forcing a young couple to turn to crime to get the money they spent after it just fell in to their laps has potential. Then add some comedy to the mix with Pyke being a quirky psycho who has some very specific and unique ways and this should have been a great crime caper.

But "Ca$h" isn't very good and unfortunately it becomes a movie which seems to drone on going nowhere and then when ever it tries to be funny it only ends up being annoying. It becomes a real shame especially with so many jokes not actually working including one where Pyke holds a kitchen spray tap against his crotch and lets rip as if he was peeing over someone. It means that whilst "Ca$h" has a few familiar names and faces they add very little to the movie and kind of ends up coming across like a direct to video movie.

What this all boils down to is that "Ca$h" didn't do it for me and was unfortunately a missed opportunity to deliver a genuinely entertaining crime caper rather than the stiff and awkward one which it ends up being.

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