The Holy Heist: The Thin Line Between Right and Wrong (Movie Review)

John FarrellBy John Farrell5 Minutes

Are you embarrassed of your past? Is your past something you’re trying to escape? If you were trying to leave your past behind, how would you react if something happened that forced you to reconsider embracing your past once more … even if only for a short time.

Where’s the line between what’s right and what’s wrong? And would it be worth crossing that line?

That’s the dilemma James Jefferson faces in the 2020 film, Holy Heist.

James, played by Brigham McNeely, who is also the director and co-writer, and his brothers Jack (Greg Kriek) and Bobby (Dillon Mann) have a knack for concocting wild schemes that push the boundaries of legality … and often passing them.

The three brothers, despite being brought up in church, turn to crime early on in their lives, stealing candy from the local general store. As they get older, their petty theft turns into larger targets and rewards.

With each criminal act, the brothers seem to get more brazen and daring. However, Police Detective Danny (Danny M. Gray), who, in an ironic twist, is their former pastor, has been following and investigating them for years. The only problem is the brothers have been so elusive that finding evidence has been rather difficult.

When their latest haul nets a measly return, James—the middle brother and leader of the trio—decides to leave his criminal past behind. It’s simply not worth it. His decision begins to fracture the group’s dynamic and plant seeds of bitterness and animosity in their relationship. Without James and his guidance, Jack and Bobby are unsure of where or who to turn to.

Then the unthinkable happens. The boys’ mother (Dawn Hopson) becomes ill. Without enough money to pay the medical bills and on the verge of losing her home, there is very little hope. At the same time, the bonds between the once tight brothers continue to fracture and break.

A thin slice of hope arrives in the most unexpected form when the manager of the local bank approaches James about robbing the bank. Of course, it would require James to return to his criminal ways that he had just recently abandoned. The heist would be their biggest and most daring yet, but it would bag them $5 million—more than enough to cover their mother’s bills and save her house.

As the brother’s contemplate their next steps and whether such a risky job is worth the outcome—taking care of the mother. James struggles internally with the decision having just walked away from their criminal past. The youngest brother, Bobby, is also having a hard time deciding what to do, but his conflict is more spiritual in nature. He starts wondering about the implications his past actions may have on his eternal life and whether God could ever forgive him.

While James and Bobby internally wrestle with the right thing to do, their older brother, Jack, doesn’t seem to have any qualms over the route he thinks they must take – robbing the bank. In fact, as the date draws nearer, he seems to become more and more unhinged.

Holy Heist is a faith-based film that is not like many other films in its genre, seamlessly piecing together a compelling story with believable characters, powerful acting, an inspiring message of redemption, and a huge twist. It’s a thriller that will have you and your entire family hooked from beginning to end.

While the line between right and wrong may often get blurry, God is always there waiting for you to turn back to Him … even though you may have spent most of your life on the wrong side of the line.