Bullet Head (2017, dir. Paul Solet)

Three criminals hide out after a bungled heist, but find they’re in the disused warehouse lair of a dog-fighting gang. Decent little thriller, with plenty for its decent cast to do; a competent job all around with some arty moments.

London Heist [AKA Gunned Down] (2017, dir. Mark McQueen)

A professional thief tracks down those responsible for his father’s killing. Straightforward low-budget East End/Marbella robbery and double-crossery¬†shenanigans, with some flair in the execution though the script deals in stereotypes and cliches at times.

The Sweeney: Paris [AKA The Squad; Anti-gang] (2016, dir. Benjamin Rocher)

An elite anti-crime squad faces internal pressures and a new gang of bankrobbers. Superior French remake of the Nick Love/Ray Winstone Sweeney reboot, with an emphasis on strong action and humour. No classic, but efficient and brutal.

Parker (2013, dir. Taylor Hackford)

A double-crossed professional thief tracks down the men who left him for dead. It starts well, but Parker loses its way in comic asides, unfocused subplots and a lack of narrative throughline; a disappointment from this director that doesn’t do justice to the Donald E Westlake source material.

Swordfish (2001, dir. Dominic Sena)

A brilliant ex-hacker is coerced into a heist being orchestrated by a paramilitary group. Glossy but dumb-as-rocks tech thriller with the usual hacking visual cliches and an eye on spectacle (Bullet-time explosions! Nudity! A bus in midair!) over logic.

Baby Driver (2017, dir. Edgar Wright)

A good-guy getaway driver falls in love. Slick but superficial wheelman movie, somewhat more concerned with its show-off direction and choreography than in giving us reasons to root for the antagonist. Some fun to be had though.

War On Everyone (2016, dir. John Michael McDonagh)

Two bad cops try to snatch heist takings. After The Guard and Calvary, a disappointment from this writer/director. A stylized would-be comic thriller which gets as much wrong as it does right in mistaking context-free excess for fun.