Short Film Review – Pitch Black Heist (2011)

JulieGJanuary 12, 202128 min

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

TV-MA | 13min | Short, Crime | Short


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Director: John Maclean

Writer: John Maclean

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham,

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IMDb summary: Liam (Liam Cunningham) and Michael (Michael Fassbender) are professional, safe crackers who meet on a simple job to relieve an office safe from its contents. The catch is a light-activated alarm system impelling the men to embark on a pitch black heist.

Two strangers meet in a warehouse to plan a bank robbery. This heist’s difficulty is increased a hundred-fold when the thieves are told that the heist must be carried out in complete darkness. This is because the alarm system is triggered by light. So while they are waiting for the time to carry out the heist, the two bank robbers engage in a bit of drinking, smoking and getting to know each other before the big event.

But things do not go according to plan and the last few minutes of the film could have you scratching your head and wondering what just happened. This is a good thing. Sometimes feeling like you’ve missed something isn’t always fun when you’re watching a movie, but this film pulls it off with such finesse, you just can’t feel annoyed that you didn’t get the punch line of the joke.

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Even though we’re not spoiler-free, we don’t want to spoil this for you, so the only way you’re going to know what we’re on about is by watching the film. Trust me when I say it’ll be the best 13 minutes you’ve spent watching a film. And you cannot go wrong with Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham who have such wonderful chemistry. It’s so easy to watch these two joke around and get plastered drunk. We could literally watch that all day.

I’ve seen many film geeks talk about the cinematography of this film and it really is quite beautiful. The black and white starkness paints a dreary picture, which definitely sets the mood for the film. And when I say dreary I mean it’s not all doom and gloom, but it looks like it could be winter in Ireland or somewhere in the United Kingdom. And that does influence the feel of this film quite a bit.

It’s not at all surprising that director John Maclean won a Bafta for this. It’s worth it, and it will leave you only wanting to see even more of the story behind these two engaging characters. Give us the full feature film, please!

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  • tensecondsfromnow

    January 13, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Really like this film, a good calling card, and Slow West was good too…


    • JulieG

      January 13, 2021 at 6:24 am

      Hi there 🙂 I haven’t seen Slow West yet but it’s on my list now 🙂


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