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Film Review: “Robbery” (2018) ★★★


To rob someone, there is no need to break into a house, or steal money, or rob a bank. Robbery has many definitions and crime, in some cases, is not one of them. For instance, we hear a lot about somebody saying a person’s childhood was stolen or maybe an employee’s idea. All of this brings us to Corey Stanton’s “Robbery” where the actual title has so many meanings, to understand it, you really have to see it.

Richie’s (Jeremy Ferdman) father, Frank’s (Art Hindle) memory declines due to dementia. As he begins forgetting his own son, Richie, who hopes to become his father’s successor and become a thief, plans a series of heists to pay off a dangerous gambling debt and help his father overcome his sickness. However, as the two navigate through their plan, and Richie gets firsthand training, things get complicated that will change Richie’s perspective of his entire life he got completely wrong.

Frank always says, “Let’s use it while I lose it,” hoping his inexperienced son in heist can learn certain techniques. However, Richie, who tries to overcome his gambling addiction, meets Winona (Sera-Lys McArthur) who has the same problem but two different agendas the young man is yet to realize. Furthermore, as the story unfolds, the film will turn into an intriguing family drama that offers much more than regular heist films we tend to watch.

Fair to note, Corey Stanton does not redefine the genre through his movie, “Robbery”, but gives us more than any of its predecessors did. For instance, there is a heist in the film and not just once. However, once you watch it till the end, you find it deeper than the actual concept I prefer not to mention here so that you could find it out by yourself.

In the end, “Robbery” is a decent family drama with the elements of action. It’s about revenge and redemption, fight and survival, ultimately it’s about the love between two men that they discover in a way they did not expect. As their bond becomes stronger, you will find it touching and honest, as Corey Stanton, who wrote and directed the film, left all the cheesy parts aside giving us what he intended in the best way possible.

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