Thrillers that take place in a single location aren’t very common. It seems filmmakers prefer to utilize a stage for spectacle, and the script is left in a secondary plane. If we add the action genre to this equation, it’s even more rare. But do you actually remember action films having good scripts aside from the obvious ones we always speak of?
In Solid Rock Trust, writer/director Rick Ives decides otherwise. He’s keen on maintaining the film on his lead’s shoulders and getting a good story out of a terribly monotonous setting. But guess again. Solid Rock Trust is well… solid (ha!). Ives’ film is much more interesting than its premise, and aside from a few issues, it goes down smoothly as a Friday night thriller with all the right pieces.
The story is simple. Maddie is a hacker and she’s in charge of leading a bank heist from an abandoned building. For some reason (I’m guessing it’s more of a chance for Koko Marshall to showcase her acting) she communicates with the team pretending to be a different person when she talks to each of them. Things stay in control at first.
And then it all goes to shambles. Horribly. Everything Maddie builds falls down very slowly as she tries to control her team inside the bank, and a cop who’s negotiating the release of hostages. Solid Rock Trust is one twist after another submitting Maddie to the greatest test she’s ever endured.
It’s pretty obvious from the start but this is Koko Marshall’s show. The film is sustained by her performance as a leader trying to gain trust from every possible side. There’s a physicality to her performance that’s merged with the setting and she graciously moves between computers and cellphones and convinces us of her role. The film wouldn’t work as well without an actress being committed like Marshall is.
However, in the third act Solid Rock Trust stumbles a bit. There’s a final twist that doesn’t feel as connected with the film, and honestly doesn’t do much for characters. Not even for Maddie who gets betrayed and loses confidence for a second. It also drifts towards a territory without much logic in its resolution.
This is one well written thriller that could solve your night in an instant. It’s well acted and even if it could use some cutting in the editing room, the director’s vision is uncompromised. When it comes to indies, it doesn’t always happen, so when it does, we should celebrate.