Copper Bill is the story of two Texas thieves looking to score a cool $80 million. The problem? It belongs to a dead man and is hidden somewhere on his 500-acre ranch. To give you an idea of just how big 500 acres is, it’s three times bigger than Disneyland, 10 times bigger than Grand Central Station, and 30 times bigger than Buckingham Palace. The story written and directed by Brett Bentman (Element), starring Thom Hallum (90 Feet from Home), Dustin Rhodes (AEW and formerly WWE) and Katy Harris (True Detective), is one similar to about a hundred other movies. It’s not your typical story about thieves; you may think it’s a tired, old plot but that’s where you’d be wrong, at least in this case. When you sit down to watch this movie, it doesn’t let you get complacent and if you try, its twists are going to give you a punch to the mouth.
Life for Jessup Cross (Thom Hallum) clearly isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and unfortunately, there’s another storm blowing in. So what do you do when you’re already in debt and you overestimate your gambling abilities? You turn to a veteran of the business with the skill set needed to get the job done, and that’s where Mitchell White (Dustin Rhodes) comes in. See, the money could be hidden anywhere on the 500-acre property, but luckily for our thieves, the granddaughter of the deceased Lilly Waltman (Katy Harris) is rumored to know of its location. Jessup and Mitchell went from looking for a needle-in-a-giant-haystack to looking for the needle with a metal detector… except it’s never really that easy, is it? Lilly is a much more dynamic character than I ever would’ve imagined and that kind of throws a wrench into the plan.
This film has all the components that make a movie great with a fraction of the budget. The writing does exactly what you need it to do. It draws you in and just as you think you know where it’s going, it throws you for a loop. At the same time, the acting adds dimension while the directing keeps you focused. All three of the main actors do an incredible job bringing their characters to life, meshing well together and standing strong alone, especially Harris who shines throughout the film and only glows brighter in the end when delivering the final twists. Bentman and his crew have delivered a well rounded, incredible film that could be watched five times over and still have you picking out new things to love each time. So, is the plot a new concept? No. However, will it stand out among the crowd? Without a doubt! Copper Bill is certainly worth checking out and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be left wanting a sequel.
Copper Bill comes out this Friday, February 14 on Amazon and Amazon UK!