After a DEA bust goes terribly and the lives of police officers are lost, criminal Damian Brooks (Luke Goss) ends up in jail, and the man in charge of the arrest, Sheriff Tucker (Val Kilmer), is stood down from his job. But after six years in prison, Damian is released and decides to team up with his old crew to find a buried bag full of cash.
But retrieving the stolen cash while being on parole is not going to be an easy task. To top it off, Damian also has the retired Sheriff Tucker hot on his trail.
But digging up some cash sounds nice and simple right? Wrong. Damian was smart enough to set up some “fail-safes” to prevent the money from getting discovered while he was in jail. Now Damian and his team will need to work together to get the biggest score of their lives without getting caught by the Sheriff.
The setup of this film and the introduction of Damian is weak and sadly vague. There is little to no introduction to Damian other than he is a criminal getting busted. Thankfully as the film progresses, it attempts to fill in some gaps with minor flashbacks for all characters within the film. These flashbacks are also used as an attempt at humour.
To my surprise, Paydirt feels like more of a heist film than an action film. Paydirt has a few surprising twists and turns within its plot, which can make it more pleasing for some viewers. But while the film brings in a few twists here and there, I still cannot help but feel the plot can be a little confusing and once again this is mostly related to the film’s introduction.
Overall, Paydirt feels more of a heist film than an action film. With a messy opening act and little to no character introduction, Paydirt’s plot wobbles on one leg. I did find the film’s concept welcoming, along with actor Val Kilmer featuring once again on screen. Those seeking a light heist movie with a few twists and some cheesy but confident characters will find some pleasure with this direct to DVD release.
Paydirt (2020) is Available on DVD from 9th September
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Review Written by Peter Walkden