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‘Blonde. Purple’ review: Bank heist movie works at being different

Not sticking to the plan.

Blonde. Purple is a bank heist gone wrong tale. The film is about an inexperienced bank robber trapped in a bank with a teenaged hostage. As with many movies in this genre, the plot focuses on what is going on, how things got there, and if there is any chance at escape. 

The premise does not try to reach out to those who are not already fans of this type of story and on the surface, there is little in Blonde. Purple that is any different than what has already been seen. The would be robber and hostage share things with each other, there is a negotiator to help amp up suspense, and flashbacks are used to fill in the story and characters. 

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That does not mean Blonde. Purple sticks to the same formula the entire time, however. Hostage Maddison (Elle Bindman) is given more depth than is usually seen. She is still a kid who is being pressured by her mom, for example. It is similar to the cantankerous adult/rambunctious kid paring often seen, just lacking the cuteness.

There is also great chemistry between Bindman and Juilan Moore-Cook who plays robber, Wyatt. Blonde. Purple is at its best when the plot is focused on the two. Even when the script becomes too predictable, the pair play off each other well. 

As strong as the scenes with Wyatt and Maddison can be, Blonde. Purple always seems to be working from underneath. The main issue is its tendency for long winded conversations. Exposition filled scenes run on for long periods of time for seemingly no other reason than just to showcase dialogue. These moments add nothing to the characters or movie and end up being more frustrating than anything else. 

That being said, there is a lot to enjoy about the film. Those who like bank heist movies will get their fill while those who enjoy character driven stories should be drawn to Blonde. Purple. The whole thing ends up running a little long, but it manages to remain interesting.

Blonde. Purple releases November 30

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