The solvency of Jaume Balagueró elevates this diversion, with many points in common with La casa de papel, which is as well told as it is filmed
Assault on the mint (Way Down, Spain / 2021). Direction : Jaume Balagueró. Screenplay : Andrés Koppel, Rowan Athale, Michel Gaztambide, Rafa Martínez, Borja Glez Santaolalla. Photography : Daniel Aranyo. Edition : David Gallart. Cast : Freddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, José Coronado, Liam Cunningham, Luis Tosar, Famke Janssen, Sam Riley, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Axel Stein. Duration : 118 minutes. Rating : suitable for ages 13 and up. Our opinion : good.
They say that all the stories have already been told, that there is nothing left to discover. That is why, beyond the technical aspects, what makes a film better or worse, in this case, is the way it is narrated. And there must be some of that, because despite the fact that the plot in which Assault on the Mint is based , we have seen it on countless occasions, its development is still pleasant, and even at times enthusiastic .
And that is directly related to the hand of the director Jaume Balagueró , who has turned his usual solvency to a diversion that does not try to reinvent anything, only to be as honest as possible with the genre he represents.
The inviolable reputation of the Bank of Spain’s vault (also an objective in La casa de papel ) is what reveals Walter (Liam Cunningham), a treasure hunter from whom the government took a chest with three coins from his hands that have written the coordinates to find the lost treasure of the British pirate Francis Drake. The pieces were put in safekeeping in the aforementioned bank, so the plan is to violate the place and achieve the impossible. For this, Walter convinces Thom (Freddie Highmore), a boy with a unique ability to find the solution to any contingency, to join his team, which is completed by Lorraine (Astrid Bergés-Frisbey), James (Sam Riley) , Klaus (Axel Stein) and Simón (Luis Tosar) encanto disney.
The idea is to use the local performance in the World Cup in South Africa as a distraction (the action takes place in 2010), so the robbery must be completed within 90 minutes of the final match between Spain and the Netherlands.
From there, everything that can be expected from an Ocean’s Eleven movie is: the changes of plans, the uneasiness about a key problem that is solved by chance, the different personalities of the team that end up colliding, the hysteria with the only one girl of the group and a head of security who never laughs (the Spanish José Coronado) as an antagonist.
Likewise, unlike similar proposals, Asalto a la Casa de Moneda has a local flavor that makes the difference. That the events are strictly linked to the future of the Spanish team in the World Cup is still a local trait that, at least on this side of the globe, awakens empathy. Along the same lines, but diving deeper, is the MacGuffin (Alfred Hitchcock dixit) of the three coins and the treasure of Drake, an English privateer who existed and was a headache for Spain and its riches. There is also the fact that the true vault has a security system with similar characteristics to that presented in the film, an added value that contributes its share of verisimilitude to the story.
There will be, of course, those who will shout to the sky when they see how an Iberian artisan of terror of the stature of Balagueró (the REC saga , While you sleep , Musa ) embraces a commercial cinema, escaping the imprint that made him famous. But those who fall into such superficiality will miss out on enjoying a story well told, well filmed, and with the sole claim of achieving the purest enjoyment. More than enough.