Review: Robbery gives a great leading role to the underrated Art Hindle

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ROBBERY (Corey Stanton). 93 minutes. Opens Friday (October 4). See listing. Rating: NNNN


Robbery feels like it was adapted from a dusty old pulp novel, in the best possible way.

A crime drama disguised as a father-son story – or maybe it’s the other way around – writer/director Corey Stanton’s first feature stars Art Hindle as Frank, a veteran thief whose no-account son (Jeremy Ferdman) recruits him for a series of jobs – partially because the old man knows the ropes better than anyone, and partially because Frank is slowly slipping into dementia, and the work will keep him sharp.

The ticking-clock heists, timed to the limited span of Frank’s short-term memory, give Robbery a nifty gimmick on which to hang its action, but Stanton digs a little deeper, giving his characters credible motivations and surprising complexities – and filling the cast with ringers like Rachel Wilson, Jennifer Dale and Tara Spencer-Nairn.

But the whole thing hangs on Hindle, a perpetually underrated actor who makes the most of this rare chance to carry a picture. 

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A life-long Torontonian, Norman became the senior film writer for NOW in early 2008. Previously he had reviewed films for Metro newspapers across Canada and covered every video format imaginable (yes, even Beta).

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October 2, 2019

5:30 PM