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A Good entry in the 'caper' film genre
on April 28, 2000
Hubert Cornfield's "Plunder Road" is the story of a carefully planned and flawlessly executed robbery of a train carrying a gold shipment on its way to the US mint. The script, written by actor Steven Ritch, who plays Eddie, a former car racer turned wheelman, is interestingly spare. There are long stretches in the film without dialogue, but the script is terse and incisive, in both its voice-over narration and dialogue. The cast includes Wayne Morris, who delivered a fine performance in Stanley Kubrick's "Paths Of Glory", and the legendary character actor Elisha Cook in the role of Skeets, a career criminal with dreams of escaping to Rio. All of the performances are generally low-key, but effective. Gene Raymond, as the mastermind of the job, makes for an interesting gang leader: a laconic, cynical, college-educated tough guy. The robbery sequence is very well done, and the rest of the film seldoms lets up in delivering suspense."Plunder Road" isn't quite on the level of John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" or Kubrick's "The Killing", but fans who like films about well-planned and perfectly-carried-out robberies that go awry shouldn't be disappointed by this fast-paced, well-written, and tightly-directed story.