Solid Rock Trust (2022) Film Review


Solid Rock Trust

Thrillers set in a single location are not very common. It seems that the filmmakers prefer to use the stage for the spectacle, and the screenplay remains secondary. Add the action genre to that equation, and it’s even rarer. But can you really remember any action movies that had a good script, aside from the obvious ones we always talk about?

In Solid Rock Trustwriter/director Rick Ives decides otherwise. He really wants to keep the film on the shoulders of the lead and make a good story out of the horribly monotonous setting. But guess again. Solid Rock Trust it’s fine…solid (ha!). Ives’ film is far more interesting than its premise, and apart 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 is responsible for a bank robbery from an abandoned building. For some reason (I’m guessing Koko Marshall has a better chance to showcase her acting) she communicates with the team by pretending to be a different person when she talks to each of them. Things stay under control at first.

And then everything goes to waste. Terrible. Everything Maddie builds slowly crumbles as she tries to manage her team at the bank and a cop negotiating the release of the hostages. One twist after another in Solid Rock Trust, Maddie is subjected to the greatest test she has ever endured.

It’s clear from the start, but there it is Coco Marshallshow. The film is sustained by the performance of its director, who tries to gain trust from all possible sides. There is a physicality to his performance that blends in with the environment and gracefully moves between computers and cell phones, convincing us of his role. The film wouldn’t work as well without an actress as committed as Marshall.

However, in the third act Solid Rock Trust stumbles a little. There is one final twist that isn’t all that connected to the movie and honestly doesn’t do much for the characters. Not even for Maddie, who is betrayed and momentarily loses her confidence. It also drifts towards an area where there isn’t much logic in its resolution.

This is a well-written thriller that will solve the night in no time. It was played well, and even if it could use a little editing in the editing room, the director’s vision is uncompromising. When it comes to indie, that doesn’t always happen, so when it does, we should celebrate.

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