April 21 – 30, 2022


Perhaps the most action-packed and suspenseful opening night narrative ever presented at RiverRun, not to mention the first such opener to have been made in the state of North Carolina, this pulse-pounding feature comes to us having recently premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It’s a ripped-from-the-headlines heist film designed around a robbery impossible to believe in its audacity—impossible to believe, we should say, if not for the fact that the real-life participants of said crime are present themselves within the film, excerpted in face-to-camera interviews that are interspersed throughout to add depth and veracity to the unlikely events unfolding on screen. Even hearing it recounted directly from the culprits’ own mouths it seems they can scarcely believe it happened themselves.

Their fictive counterparts include an outstanding roster of young talents, including Evan Peters, whose scene-stealing moments as Quicksilver in the recent X-men installments are among the most memorable filmic experiences in recent Hollywood cinema, and Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who has made a name for himself in the last year with prominent roles in both Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Shot in and around Charlotte, largely in the vicinity of Davidson College, the film vividly chronicles the 2004 incident of a group of young men who attempted to pull off one of the most ambitious and lucrative rare book thefts in history. To reveal any more would doing the audience a great disservice, as this jaw-dropping tale of grand larceny, rich as it is with humor, suspense and adventure, is a wildly entertaining ride that will leave no witness unenthralled.

–Christopher Holmes

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