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Review of "CASH (DVD)"

published 09/07/2015 | thedevilinme
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"Flashy, glitzy, French crime heist caper anyone?"



Star > Jean Reno
Genre > World Cinema > Crime Caper
Run Time >100minutes
Certificate > 12
Country > France
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So, anyone for a glitzy French heist crime cape packed full of beautiful people and more twists than acrobat’s hernia? Yey, me to! Sometimes a bit of escapism is the best medicine. Who doesn’t enjoy looking at sexy French rich people being relieved of their jewels through a daring heist on the ‘Côte d' Azur’ by more sexy people? This, of course, allows for the most zany of plots and unlikely scenarios. They are duly delivered.

The cast is impressive, from hounddog expression Jean Reno, the really good fun Jean Dujardin (the Robson Green of French cinema) and François Berléand from the Transporter movies. The totty is top notch to. Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Frida and Respiro) and Alice Taglioni looking spectacular in evening wear couture. What is it with the French and looking stylish and cool in movies?


Jean Dujardin ... Cash
Jean Reno ... Maxime - Dubreuil
Valeria Golino ... Julia Melond
Alice Taglioni ... Garance
François Berléand ... François
Caroline Proust ... Léa
Samir Guesmi ... Fred - le marin
Cyril Couton ... Mickey
Eriq Ebouaney ... Letallec
Ciarán Hinds ... Barnes
Jocelyn Quivrin ... Lebrun
Hubert Saint-Macary ... Leblanc
Christian Hecq ... Lardier
Joe Sheridan ... Finley


Handsome and charming conman Cash (Jean Dujardin) is back in town for a big job, his team of grumpy old François (François Berléand), tomboy Léa (Caroline Proust) and safecracker Fred - le Marin (Samir Guesmi) ready to go. Cash has been away for a while after his brother was shot by a man called Lardier (Christian Hecq) whilst doing a bank con and so fully refreshed for the job in hand.

After some crafty grifts to get the money to set up the next sting the pigeon (the mark) is lured into the trap. But the best of the best is also in town, Maxime – Dubreuil (Jean Reno), who quickly teaches Cash a lesson by conning him for stepping on his territory. Cash now owes Maxime so agrees to join up for an even bigger job, to rip off a diamond dealer in Monaco, sounding alarm bells at Interpol, Detective Finley (Joe Sheridan) head of robbery.

Detective Julia Melond (Valeria Golino) is also exited that the biggest conmen in France are in town and plans their downfall. But even she can’t resist the charms of Cash and when Letallec (Eriq Ebouaney) and Leblanc (Hubert Saint-Macary) of Internal Affairs begin to investigate her she is soon drawn into their web of deceit and maybe make a few quid for herself.


Director Eric Besnard film is flashy, over the top, lavish and absurd but fun all the same. The deal with these twisty crime capers is they can pretty much go anywhere and do anything with the plot and characters with impunity as long as no one take it seriously. We just want to see the beautiful people in fast cars steal the diamonds in the most convoluted and sophisticated way possible. That’s certainly the case with Cash. All robberies should be done in a tuxedo is the attitude. With these movies the writer tries to set up the audience for the fall and the coming twists the way the con artists sets up the mark and we love that stuff.

Like time travel movies it’s hard to go wrong with the genre. Its one of those movies where you think you know what’s going to happen and then we are all marched down another dark alley and then into the light of another side street. To be fair even though there are so many twists here it’s skillfully done by Besnard and you never lose tract of the plot or narrative. Sometimes you do and films can be a real mess when they get all pretentious and serious around trying to mask the twists and turns, Revolver by Guy Ritchie a classic example. I like my heist films to be smart and sexy, Duplicity with Julia Roberts and the Good Thief with Nick Nolte. Less said about Oceans 13 the better.

Acting wise everyone is showing off and flashing their perfect white teeth and not much of a stretch for anyone. The female leads are very sexy and I’m sure the girls will enjoy Jean Dujardin. Jean Reno is the new Gerard Depardieu and ubiquitous in French film now. They all come together in a perfunctory and fun conman/women flick way and you will hardly notice the subtitles and one of those foreign films you don’t really need to read every word anyway.
It’s nicely constructed and neat, however unrealistic at times, and flies through its 100 minutes. But it’s not up there in the best heist movies I have seen and so one to catch on TV if you are in the mood. It couldn’t be more 3 stars out of 5 if I am honest.

RATINGS – 6.0/10.0 (3,478votes) –49 % critic’s approval
Leonard Maltin Film Year Book – 2/4

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  • euphie published 13/07/2015
    vh :o)
  • Nymphypig published 10/07/2015
    Well reviewed
  • AlexDa published 10/07/2015
    very good :)
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Country Of Origin: France

Genre: Comedy

Sub Genre: Comedy

Director(s) (Last name, First name): Besnard, Eric

DVD Region: DVD

Actor: Jean Reno

Title: Cash

EAN: 5055002556753


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