Let’s go to work…Solid Rock Trust is a heist thriller with a difference, the debut of writer/director Rick Ives, who has enviable editorial credits on The Mandolorian, Avengers Endgame and Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 3. Ives has balanced his own personal budgets to make his own micro-budget feature, Solid Rock Trust, and with an original, innovative and intense conceit a la Locke or Memento, it’s something of a blast for thrill-seeking action fans with twists from soup to nuts.
Koko Marshall is the star here; she’s rarely off screen as Maddie, a hacker who is organising a bank heist from an abandoned warehouse; it’s not quite abandoned, but we’ll circle back. Switching phones, voices and characters with the aid of some snazzy tech, she’s not only moving various encroaching figures around the bank with a series of carefully timed calls, but also negotiating with the forces of the law as they get wise to how the heist is going down. The goal is a thumb drive in a bank safe; it’s been loaded with the intel required to deliver lottery winnings. This is a super-stressful situation, and when things start to go south, Maddie has to Die Hard her way out of trouble in ingenious, intricate fashion. ‘This is a country sized casino, and the house always wins’ says Maddie, and there’s considerable evidence that she’s going to have to beat the odds to survive.
If you’ve seen shorts like John Maclean’s brilliant Pitch Black Heist, starring Michael Fassbender, you’ll know that the humble heist movie can be a fertile ground for creative talent as well as a great calling card. As with another genre classic debut, Reservoir Dogs, we see very little of the heist itself, just a few security camera images on screens; we’re very much in Maddie’s position, trying to work out what’s happening based on conflicting spurts of information. Ives handles his single location brilliantly, with a restless camera and rigorous editing technique that makes the mood changes jar and the dramatic moments pop with tension; there’s an abrupt moment when Maddie gets disturbed by a couple of visitors to the warehouse that multiples the jeopardy involved. In scenes like this, Marshall and Ives seem to be working in lockstep to create a sympathetic, empathetic heroine fighting for survival in a dangerous world; you might come for the ingenious novelty of the single-room setting, but Solid Rock Trust delivers as a tight, balls-to–the wall thriller.
Big, highly publicised movies hardly need critical approval or not; a film like Solid Rock Trust absolutely depends on getting the word out there that this is a minor gem that genre fans should seek out and deserves a cult following. Hopefully this will have a great run on streaming; anchored by a superb performance from Koko Marshall, and controlled with steely elan by Rick Ives, this is a spiky little movie that delivers more thrills than most blockbusters; check it out if you can find it!
Hearing of this and seeing the trailer here both for the first time. It looks good. I’m always up for a single-location project as it is such a challenge to pull off.
It’s a tricky thing to do well, but they absolutely nail it here IMHO.
Will watch. And Die Hard is a Christmas movie. That’s a hill I’m willing to die (hard) on.
We’re all on the same team!
Glad you’ve seen sense!
Did somebody say Die Hard?
I will hunt this one down for sure.
Don’t think this one’s a Christmas movie though.
Oh then never mind 🤣
Don’t listen to this fake news! Watch and enjoy this film!
Die Hard is Not a Christmas movie!
You know better!
No I dont…
You know Die Hard is not just for Christmas…
After conferring extensively w my attorneys, I can agree to that particular statement…
Great, Discoevry begins on Tuesday, the court adjourns to lunch.
I’ll take 2 slices if cheese pizza n a diet coke.
Put it on my tab
$2.75? Napkin? Oil?
3 extra duty napkins. This lunch might be a real battle, one for the history books.
I know the guy at the Two Brothers Pizza Company, he’ll process your order…
Urgh…set at Christmas, holiday music and party, John comes home for the holidays to be with family, word Christmas said 18+ times, eggnog and other spirits, Santa jokes, decorations and lights, lots of red (blood) and white…
What are the criteria for a Christmas movie?
And the controversy re-ignites! While all of the things you mention are true, Die Hard was not released anywhere near Christmas, is not about Christmas other than as a counter-motif to the central story, the sequels do not (Bar one) include Christmas, so it’s not part of the formula, and unlike films that have a festive or religious theme, Die Hard is an action film that just happens to take place at Christmas. FacT!
Is the correct answer. And a female Die Hard too…
i’m trying to think if I’ve ever seen a single setting film. Nothing springs to mind, so I suspect I’ve avoided them on the principle that hollywood writers can’t write themselves out of a small paper bag. Nice to hear this one might be different…
That one with Ryan Reynolds’s in a coffin. Colin Farrell in a phone booth. Needs tight writing but it can be done…
Can’t say I’ve seen either of those. I’m pretty sure that surprises neither of us 🙂
The Rescuers Trapped, in which Bernard and Bianca are stuck in a drain. The Care Bears in a Storage Vault is good too…
I’ll have to check out that Care Bears one. Sounds intriguing…
Ooh I remember the Colin Farrell one it was good, might have to have a rewatch. Don’t know about the Ryan in a Coffin one if you reviewed it send me a link please.
Not written a review, but I think this is one prime. Reynolds the best thing in it.
Is the correct answer.
Chamber films: A Chorus Line (theater stage), Breakfast Club (detention hall), 12 Angry Men, the Lifeboat, Robison Crusoe and Lord of Flies (island), Snowpiercer, The Thing, The Lighthouse, Saw, ex Machina…
Talk Radio is one of the best ones in this sub-genre…
I saw ex machina. Rather enjoyed it…
And it pretty much takes place on one location, so viola!
The problem for me, his underground bunker thingy is huge compared to the living quarters I’m used to. So I don’t get that claustrophobic feeling like I would expect.
How about I lock you in the laundry chute and you can tell me if it lives up to your imaginings?
That’s more like it…
Wouldn’t mind seeing this if it streams. Yep.
Is the correct answer. Good film.
Solid rock trust is what I hope the Scottish people find in my leadership.
Watched the trailer. Seems like the kind of heist movie, like Reservoir Dogs, that’s mostly talk so the talk has to be good. You need a really smart script to keep a movie like this going.
I wacthed this a few weeks back, and I can still remember every beat, which is unusual. Single location films are really hard to make work, they generally flag after 30 mins or so. This really doesn’t, and the talk is well scripted to keep the tension going. Easy to recommend, even to you.
When are you taking over?
Swearing in ceremony will be tomorrow. You attending?
Off to watch The Munsters! Got a rec for it yesterday. Hope if lives up the hype.
Lots of swearing up here, so won’t miss it.
Yup, The Munsters has the look of an absolute debacle, go for it!