The Vault (film)

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The Vault
The Vault poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDan Bush
Produced byTom Butterfield
Alex Cutler
Luke Daniels
Alan Pao
Written byDan Bush
Conal Byrne
Music byShaun Drew
CinematographyAndrew Shulkind
Edited byDan Bush
Ed Marx
Redwire Pictures
Content Media
Culmination Productions
Casadelic Pictures
Jeff Rice Films
LB Entertainment
Imprint Entertainment
Psychopia Pictures
Distributed byFilmRise
Release date
  • September 1, 2017 (2017-09-01)
Running time
91 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$5,728[2]

The Vault is a 2017 American horror film directed by Dan Bush, written by Dan Bush and Conal Byrne, and starring Francesca Eastwood, Taryn Manning, Scott Haze, Q'orianka Kilcher, Clifton Collins Jr., Jeff Gum and James Franco. It was released on September 1, 2017, by FilmRise.


After starting a fire in a nearby warehouse as a diversion, the five robbers -- Leah (Francesca Eastwood); her sister, Vee (Taryn Manning); their brother, Michael (Scott Haze); Kramer, the safecracker; and Cyrus, the muscle -- initiate a bank robbery. An officer inside the bank tries to call for help on his police radio. Detective Iger (Clifton Collins Jr.), who had just been in the bank, hears the call, and decides to check it out. While walking back to check on the bank he hears another, anonymous call on his radio about the robbery.

The robbers find only $70,000 in the vault. Leah wants to leave, but Vee and Cyrus demand more money. The assistant manager (James Franco) says he will tell them where $6 million is stored, as long as they do not hurt anyone. He tells them the money is in the basement vault which is a part of the old bank and hands them the key to the access door.

By now police are stationed outside the bank, and Leah is confused as to how they knew about the heist. The head teller, Susan, tries to connect with Michael, telling him he is a decent man. He tells her that he owes people a lot of money and his sisters are helping him rob the bank.

When Kramer successfully breaks open the vault, the lights flicker. A man in a white mask and what appears to be a group of the hostages attack him. He is then pulled inside the old vault. Leah and Vee watch from the security monitors upstairs, but only Kramer appears on the screen. Thinking there are more people in the bank, Leah asks Cyrus to count the hostages that are gathered inside the safety deposit vault. The lights start to flicker again and the vault door closes with Cyrus and the hostages inside. As Kramer is repeatedly stabbed in the basement vault, Cyrus is overcome by the same group of hostages that attacked Kramer. The man in the white mask appears and grabs his gun, forcing it into Cyrus's mouth. When the vault door opens again, Leah goes in but Cyrus is nowhere in sight. Michael sees Kramer commit suicide.

Suspecting that Susan called the police, Leah interrogates her. Susan tells Leah about the robbery in 1982 where a robber in a white mask apparently "snapped" under the pressure and killed some hostages, forced some to kill each other and then burned the rest alive in the old vault. The masked man was never caught or found. Vee turns up with a bag of money -- but the bills are all from 1982.

After the police attempt to take her and Vee out with sniper fire, an outgoing call indicator on an office telephone catches Leah's attention. She picks it up and listens to the same robbery message that Detective Iger had heard earlier. Michael cuts into a water pipe to make an escape route and encounters a burned woman pleading for help. Vee finds Cyrus's body with his head blown off. Leah heads outside and releases one of the hostages. She asks the Detective who made the phone call to the police. He answers that the message came from the radio, they never received any phone calls. Leah goes back inside to the telephone and listens to the same message being repeated, suddenly recognising the voice.

Vee escapes through the water pipe. As Michael begins setting the place on fire to cover their escape, Leah lets the hostages go. As she attempts to escape through the water pipe, the masked man and undead hostages attack her. Michael distracts them long enough to allow Leah to escape, then sets the place on fire, sacrificing himself.

During the ensuing police interview of the hostages, Detective Iger tries to find out why they know nothing about the bank employee who helped the robbers. Susan says she knows all the employees inside the bank for ten years and had never seen the man before. Susan looks at the investigation wall and points to a picture of the assistant manager. Detective Iger tells her the picture is of someone who died in the 1982 incident. He was the assistant manager who had called the police to report the robbery but was shot by the robber. It was the same call that Leah and Detective Iger had heard the previous day.

Leah and Vee meet in a rural area. The police assume all of the robbers died in the fire, so they are free to start their lives anew. When their car won't start, Vee checks on the engine and is attacked by the man in the white mask.


  • Francesca Eastwood as Leah Dillon
  • Taryn Manning as Vee Dillon
  • Scott Haze as Michael Dillon
  • Q'orianka Kilcher as Susan Cromwell
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as Detective Iger
  • James Franco as The Assistant Manager/Ed Maas
  • Keith Loneker as Cyrus
  • Jeff Gum as James Aiken
  • Jill Jane Clements as Mary
  • Michael Milford as Kramer
  • Aleksander Vayshelboym as Ben
  • Debbie Sherman as Lauren
  • Lee Broda as Nancy
  • Anthony DiRocco as Mark Fishman
  • Dmitry Paniotto as Max
  • Adina Galupa as Rebecca
  • Beatrice Hernandez as Pamela
  • Cristin Azure as Baghead Samantha
  • Rebecca Ray as Samantha
  • John D. Hickman as Marty
  • Robin Martino as Baghead Rebecca
  • Keenan Rogers as Baghead Thomas


On November 5, 2016, FilmRise acquired distribution rights to the film.[3] The film was released on September 1, 2017, by FilmRise.[4]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 26%, based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 50 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Vault Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  2. ^ "The Vault (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  3. ^ Dave McNary (2016-11-05). "AFM: James Franco's Heist Thriller 'The Vault' Sells to FilmRise". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  4. ^ Clark Collis (2017-07-24). "James Franco stars in terrifying trailer for The Vault". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  5. ^ "The Vault (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2017-09-02.

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