One Last Heist (aka The Hatton Garden Job) (Blu-ray) (2017)
|Category||Crime||Trailer-x 5 for other Eagle Entertainment releases|
|Year Of Production||2017|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Ronnie Thompson|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Over the Easter weekend of 2015 thieves broke into a safe deposit vault in Hatton Garden, the jewellery district of London, ransacked the safe deposit boxes and made off with the largest take in British history. One Last Heist is based upon that robbery, hence the film’s alternate title The Hatton Garden Job. How much of it is accurate is open to speculation.
While in gaol for a robbery our unnamed narrator (Matthew Goode) is recruited by the Hungarian mob led by Erzebet Zslondos (Joely Richardson) for a special vault heist in London. He puts together a team of old (in years and experience) criminals, Brian (Larry Lamb), Danny (Phil Daniels), Terry (David Calder) and driver Kenny (Clive Russell) and starts to plan the job. But preparations for such a big job do not go unnoticed by Marcus (Stephen Moyer) and ex-detective Frank (Mark Harris) who are keen for a piece of the action. And of course if the job fails our narrator will face retribution from the Hungarian mob. Over the Easter holiday, the Hatton Garden heist goes down, although not exactly as planned.
One Last Heist is co-written and directed by Ronnie Thompson, his third feature but first as a solo director. In One Last Heist he has delivered a British crime film that ticks all the required boxes to be ‘cool’; there are quirky London characters, a knowing and amusing voice-over narration, quick pans, split screens, jump cuts and freeze frames (for when the narrator explains a piece of cocky rhyming slang), all with a driving rock soundtrack. While there is nothing really new here, the film is fast moving, amusing, entertaining, the actual heist well staged and the cast of veteran British actors know how to get the most out of a scene or a piece of dialogue. Many of the cast are in their 60s with loads of credits on the IMDb, mostly for TV: Larry Lamb has appeared in both The Bill and EastEnders, Clive Russell has 168 credits including “Blackfish” Tully in Game of Thrones, David Calder has 140 credits and the ten years younger Phil Daniels was also in EastEnders. They are all fun to watch, while the much younger Matthew Goode (who was Ozymandias in Watchmen (2009)) is also good, holding everything together with humour and a twinkle in his eye. In contrast Joely Richardson, with a very dodgy Hungarian accent, feels clunky.
One Last Heist was made less than two years after the robbery on which it is based. On can question how accurate the film is, but we need to remember that it is a filmed entertainment so on that criterion it is a slickly made (sometimes too knowingly using camera tricks) and entertaining film, with a good cast. In addition, and thankfully, there are no superfluous romantic subplots as the film sticks pretty much to the planning and execution of the robbery.
One Last Heist is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, in 1080p using the MPEG-4 AVC code. The IMDb does not list the original aspect ratio. I have read two reviews of the UK Blu-ray, one of which gives the original ratio as 2.35:1, the other 1.85:1. The film does not look cropped so I am happy to go with 1.85:1.
The print looks as one should expect of a recent, digitally shot film. Detail is clean, colours have that glossy digital sheen but look natural enough except for some yellowish tinge under lights, blacks and shadow detail are fine, skin tones natural, brightness and contrast consistent.
Artefacts and marks were absent.
There are no subtitles provided.
English DTS-HD MA 5.1 is the only audio choice.
The dialogue is clear, centred and easy to understand. The rears and surrounds were used mostly for the score although effects became noticeable during the heist when the sound of the drill and the bang of the ram filled the room. The sub-woofer added depth to the music and the equipment sounds during the heist.
The score by Andrew Barnabas and Paul Arnold was not that noticeable; far more noticeable were the frequent songs, mostly by Lol Hammond and Duncan Forbes, in the soundtrack.
There are no lip synchronisation issues.
|Surround Channel Use|
Trailers for Three West (1:57), Flock of Dudes (2:31), Broken Vows (2:49), Arthur and Merlin (1:45) and Beta Test (2:14) play on start-up. They cannot be selected from the menu
This UK Region B of One Last Heist, where it is entitled The Hatton Garden Job, adds the following extras so would be the better choice:
One Last Heist brings nothing new to the British crime genre but it is entertaining, slickly made, well-acted by its veteran cast and sticks pretty much to the planning and execution of the heist by the gang of old timers.
The video and audio are good. Trailers for other films are the only extras as we miss out on the extras available in the UK.
|DVD||Sony BDP-S580, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||NAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.|
|Speakers||Studio Acoustics 5.1|