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Cash Out (2024) Review

Cash Out opens with Mason Goddard (John Travolta, The Shepherd, Paradise City) and his crew stealing an outrageously expensive supercar as what he intends to be his last heist. Things don’t go as planned however as one of them, his girlfriend Amelia (Kristin Davis, Sex and the City, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) no less, is an undercover FBI agent. He barely escapes, and since he was already planning to retire, takes it one step further, he fakes his death and drops out of sight.

Three months later, his brother Shawn (Lukas Haas, The Tripper, Midnight in the Switchgrass) drops by trying to interest him in coming out of retirement for one more job. That doesn’t work, but when another member of the crew, Link (Natali Yura, Antidote, The Row) calls he’s packing and on his way to the airport.

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The next thing we know, Mason and Shawn are kidnapping a bank manager and the plan is in motion. Or maybe not, as Mason says he plans on 86ing the operation, but before he can guns are drawn and shots fired. What was supposed to be a bank robbery is now a hostage situation. With the building is surrounded by everyone from the local SWAT team to INTERPOL, a negotiator is brought in to try and resolve things peacefully. The only problem is, the negotiator is Amelia.

Cash Out was directed by the singularly named Ives, and per IMDB it’s his only credit of any kind. The script is by Dipo Oseni (Duress) and Doug Richardson, whose credits include Die Hard 2, Money Train and Bad Boys. He also doesn’t have any credits listed after 2005, having switched to writing novels. That leaves me wondering if this was a return to film, or something that’s been around for a while and was given a rewrite and updating by Oseni.

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However Cash Out’s script came about, it skips over any planning scenes or any real time spent with Mason and his crew for that matter, putting the viewer in the bank with a group of criminals whom we know nothing of their backgrounds or personalities and have no reason to care about except that their leader is played by Hollywood’s second favourite Scientologist.

Of that group of criminals, only Mason and Shawn have any real part to play in the proceedings. We occasionally see Link at her laptop, hacking into things while Hector (Noel Gugliemi, Furious 7, Breakout) and Anton, played by rapper Quavo (Savage Salvation, Praise This) are designated “crowd control” and spend most of the film off-screen with the hostages. For all intents and purposes, they might as well not have been in the film. I did like the fact that the bank manager (Swen Temmel, Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman, Backtrace) who does get a fair amount of screen time, looks like Travolta’s character from Pulp Fiction

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The plot eventually develops to the point where you find yourself rooting for Mason and his crew by default, since they’re the least bad guys involved in the proceedings, but that’s far from an ideal situation. I also have to say I didn’t buy the relationship between Mason and Amelia once she shows up. People don’t act like that and unless I missed something due to the choppy editing in the opening scenes, that whole subplot is ridiculous. But that’s just another example of why the film needed to spend time with the characters, apart from during the heists, to maybe give some context and a reason to believe things like that relationship.

As a thriller, Cash Out is, at best, watchable, but its undeveloped characters and familiar plot points stop it from rising above that unless you happen to be a fan of Travolta or one of the other leads. But somebody must have had a lot of faith in the project because Cash Out 2: High Rollers is already in post-production.

Saban Films will release Cash Out In theatres, as well as to VOD and Digital Platforms on April 26th,

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