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The Pay Day

UK 2022
produced by
Sam Bradford, Kyla Frye, Grace Sargeant, Matthew Barber (executive), Simon Hill (executive), John Ierardi (executive), Clayton T. Smith (executive), Bary White (executive), Luke Williams (executive), Bo Youngblood (executive) for Fryeday Entertainment, Showdown Productions
directed by Sam Bradford
starring Kyla Frye, Sam Benjamin, Vincent Jerome, Ellen Thomas, Simon Callow, Farrel Hegarty, Frankie Clarence, Rae Lim, Clayton T. Smith, Marcus Onilude, Jacob Anderton, Dominic Ryan, Robert Shannon, Nadine Mills, Miles Mitchell, Jordan Lewis, James Copestake, Kevin Cormack, Marc Manderson, Victoria Evaristo, Kara-Dee Rai, Emre Gozlugol
story by Sam Benjamin, Kyla Frye, screenplay by Sam Benjamin, music by Two Twenty Two (= Daisy Coole, Tom Nettleship)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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IT-technician Jennifer (Kyla Frye) has just lost her well-paying job at a company she pretty much gave her all for due to an arrogant boss (Ellen Thomas), and before you know it she's out of money, too - when she's contacted by old man Gates (Simon Callow) for an extremely well-paying assignment that has just one hitch: It's not quite legal, as she's to enter a banking company under a pretense and syphon some data off one of their computer terminals. Now to Gates' credit, he has planned the whole heist rather nicely so it's a minimal risk job and it really needs exactly her kind of expertise ... and yet she needs quite a bit of persuading. Of course, once at the company, nothing goes as easy as planned, starting with the receptionist (Farrel Hegarty) to let her in, and eventually she has to find the backdoor. And when she's finally started working at the computer terminal in question she's caught red-handed by George (Sam Benjamin), who seems to be one of the empoyees, but who seems to be a bit too cool with a stranger working on one of the computers - heck he even tries to hit on her. Jennifer tries to duck George, but when she learns her pick-up (Vincent Jerome) is going to be late, she decides to hook up with him - after all he seems like a pretty safe bet for people not getting suspicious. But soon Jennifer learns that George isn't at all an employee but a thief as well, being after the same data she's after, which soon leads to an altercation that in turn leads to her shooting him in the shoulder, which in turn brings the police onto the scene - and suddenly the two have to work together to get out of the building unharmed - but can they even trust one another enough to achieve that?


The Pay Day is a pretty entertaining blend of heist movie and romantic comedy, and even while the film doesn't invent genre filmmaking anew, it remains enjoyable throughout through a series of cool idead and inspired plottwists, all brought across in a very light-footed way and a brisk enough pace to never bore the audience for even one minute. And of course, a solid cast playing it straight against the occasional absurdity of the script only brings the film to life even more, making this a really fun genre flick.


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