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Americans (James Franco) and Anna (Kate Hudson) are spiralling into bankruptcy while renovating their London home, so the discovery of a bag of money seems to solve all their problems but it's never that simple.

★★★★★

Americans (James Franco) and Anna (Kate Hudson) are spiralling into bankruptcy while renovating their London home, so the discovery of a bag of money seems to solve all their problems. Spending some of it, however, draws the attention of a wily detective (Tom Wilkinson) and some dangerous drug dealers (Omar Sy, Sam Spruell) in this lacklustre would-be suspense thriller from Danish director Henrik Ruben Genz (The Killing, Borgen).

Ordinary folk finding a stash of cash is a staple of suspense cinema, but the best ones (Shallow Grave, A Simple Plan, No Country for Old Men) work because we care about the characters. Here, Tom and Anna are so thinly sketched that by the time the painfully slow set-up starts to pay off, we no longer care who does what to whom, or why.

Tom and Anna are so thinly sketched that by the time the painfully slow set-up starts to pay off, we no longer care who does what to whom, or why.