The Hatton Garden Job

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The Hatton Garden Job
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UK DVD Cover
Directed byRonnie Thompson
Produced byBen Jacques
Screenplay byRay Bogdanovich
Dean Lines
StarringLarry Lamb
Matthew Goode
Joely Richardson
Music byDuncan Forbes
Lol Hammond
CinematographyArthur Mulhern
Edited byEmma Gaffney
Production
company
Fiction Films
Distributed bySignature Entertainment
Release date
  • 14 April 2017 (2017-04-14)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Hatton Garden Job, also known as One Last Heist, is a 2017 British crime film. The film is a dramatization of real-life events which climax in April 2015, when the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, based underground in the Hatton Garden area of central London, is burgled by four elderly men, all experienced thieves. Directed by Ronnie Thompson[1], it stars Larry Lamb, Matthew Goode, and Joely Richardson.

The film had its West End of London première at the Curzon, Shaftesbury Avenue, on 11 April 2017..[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Larry Lamb plays the 76-year-old Brian Reader, taking the lead among the four "codgers" who carry out the operation, with the title of Guvnor, while the other three at the sharp end of the raid are Danny Jones (Phil Daniels), Terry Perkins (David Calder), and Kenny Collins (Clive Russell).[3] Apart from more routine thievery going back at least to his first conviction in 1975, Reader had previously laundered the proceeds of the Brink's-Mat robbery of 1983. The burglars enter the underground premises over an Easter bank holiday weekend through a lift shaft, then drill through the thick walls of the vault with an industrial power drill, proceeding over the following two days to rifle through dozens of deposit boxes. The burglar alarm goes off, but the police decide not to attend. The robbery remains undetected until staff return to work the following week, and newspapers are soon calling it the biggest theft in English history, as the total stolen has a reported value of up to £200 million — although the gang of seven (who have a combined age of 448) don't believe it.[3]

Matthew Goode plays the organizer of the robbery, known only as XXX, while Joely Richardson is Erzebet Zslondos, a glamorous Hungarian mobster who is pulling the strings, complete with an exotic accent and remarkable set of costumes.[3] A sub-plot centres on Zslondos and a corrupt policeman, DCI Frank Baskin (Mark Harris).[4]

After an efficiently carried-out operation, the haul is divvied up, the Flying Squad of the Metropolitan Police ("the Sweeney") is called in, led by DCI Emma Carter (Sarah-Jane Crawford), and the insurers offer rewards for leads to crack the crime. Six weeks later, acting on information received, nine men are arrested, including Reader. Later, four other men are pulled in and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. They then face the challenge of what (if anything) to say under questioning, and the dilemma of whether to reveal the hiding places of the missing loot. Almost a year after they hit Hatton Garden, all but one of the men are found guilty and go to prison, Reader getting six years. Most do not take up the offer of shorter sentences for returning millions still unrecovered.

The leader called in the film "XXX" escapes justice — which at the time of shooting matched the story of the real life Michael Seed (known as 'Basil').[5] Following the film's release, Seed was arrested and is currently due to stand trial in 2019.[6]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

It was announced in June 2016 that Larry Lamb, Matthew Goode, Joely Richardson, and Phil Daniels had taken leading roles in the low budget film.[7]

Reception[edit]

In hostile reviews The Guardian called the picture "a piece of geezer nostalgia" with a "wocka-wocka retro-funk score", but suggested that Phil Daniels might deserve an award for uttering the line “the biggest blingo blag in history”.[8] It also took the view that the film failed to keep faith with its grey power ethos by parachuting in an attractive young leader for the much older gang (Matthew Goode), who was simply an invention.

The Daily Telegraph's film critic called the work a Guy Ritchie pastiche and commented that "This is entirely, even aggressively un-cinematic, and after a while begins to feel like a bizarre, Brechtian joke at the audience’s expense: vast expanses of the film are, quite literally, just boring."[3] Metro's review found the production slow and clichéd and suggested that "this is a film that ultimately proves to be every bit as opportunistic as the raid that initially inspired it."[9]

The film magazine Empire was a little kinder, reporting that

The film is not without charm, thanks to engaging lead performances from a roster of solid British talent, from Larry Lamb to Phil Daniels, who can do lovable-rogue banter in their sleep. Early scenes of them plotting the heist are enjoyable if not exactly fresh, several exchanges raising a smile. Despite their best efforts, however, the film falters thanks to an inescapable fact... it’s all a little dull.[4]

Jamie East at The Sun also let the film down gently, saying it "could probably have been a lot funnier and sharper, but it’s a perfectly fine distraction". However, he noted that three other films about the crime were in production and did not think their producers would lose much sleep over this one.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hatton Garden Job’s Ronnie Thompson says ‘ultimate goal’ is to direct James Bond dated 14 April 2017, accessed 11 March 2018
  2. ^ Katie Storey, Leading man Larry Lamb cuts a dapper figure as he leads the stars at the premiere of his new movie The Hatton Garden Job in London dated 11 April 2017, accessed 11 March 2018
  3. ^ a b c d Robbie Collin, The Hatton Garden Job: 'large parts of this Guy Ritchie pastiche are, quite literally, just boring' - review in The Daily Telegraph dated 13 April 2017 at telegraph.co.uk, accessed 10 March 2018
  4. ^ a b Liz Beardsworth The Hatton Garden Job Review dated 11 April 2017 at empireonline.com, accessed 11 March 2018
  5. ^ Emma Powell, Phil Daniels kept 'apologising' over fears he would upset real-life criminals with role in The Hatton Garden Job in The Standard dated 13 April 2017, accessed 11 March 2018
  6. ^ "Hatton Garden heist: New suspect rumoured to be 'Basil the Ghost' appears in court". Dailystar.co.uk. 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  7. ^ Megan Davies, EastEnders' Larry Lamb is turning jewel thief as he takes on a key role in The Hatton Garden Job dated 22 June 2016 at digitalspy.com, accessed 11 March 2018
  8. ^ Wendy Ide, The Hatton Garden Job review – hackneyed heist in The Guardian online dated 16 August 201, accessed 10 March 2018
  9. ^ The Hatton Garden Job review: Cockney crime thriller is a slow and cliched take on an iconic heist dated 13 April 2017 at metro.co.uk, accessed 11 March 2018
  10. ^ Jamie East, JAMIE EAST AT THE MOVIES The Hatton Garden Job could have been a lot funnier and a lot sharper but it’s still a perfectly fine distraction dated 14 April 2017 at The Sun online, accessed 14 March 2018

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