Coin Heist (2017) - Movie Review

Monday, April 10, 2017

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United by dire circumstances, four unlikely allies from a Philadelphia prep school - the hacker, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student - band together to attempt the impossible: steal from the U.S. Mint. (IMDB)

Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Romance
Released: January 6, 2017
Directed by: Emily Hagins
Written by: Emily Hagins (screenwriter), Elisa Ludwig (based on a novel by)
Starring: Alex Saxon, Alexis G. Zall, Sasha Pieterse, Jay Walker

This film is a mess. At first, I found myself annoyed by what I perceived to be poor acting, but that turned out to just be horrible writing, directing, and editing. Do not be fooled, though; the acting is not great. However, there is only so much a cast of mediocre actors and actresses can do if the source material is absolute garbage. This movie featured some of the worst editing in a film that I have ever seen. There are several instances where they zoom out while someone is talking, and it is obvious that what you are hearing is not what they are saying (or at least it is not synced up at all). Something that I found to be particularly annoying is the lack of any logic in this story. Are we really supposed to believe that no one recognized the teenagers that were there previously on a field trip? How did they know how to work everything? Now let us take a moment to discuss the score. Just like pretty much everything else in this film, it was horrible. Incredibly cheesy instrumentals combined with the stereotypical pairing of the characters left it feeling like an extremely lousy Breakfast Club wannabe. I struggled to make it all the way through this movie. Why on earth did Netflix greenlight this?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 2/10

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