Windfall is a 2022 Netflix series.
6/10 stars. An interesting little film about a robbery gone awry. Not much to the plot, but I loved the ending.
A billionaire and his wife escape to their desert vacation home to get her pregnant, but they interrupt someone robbing them. He ties them up and then leaves. But on his way out he finds a video camera recording everyone entering and leaving. So he knows somewhere there’s a video clip of him. He goes back to the house and the couple don’t know who the camera belongs to. So he demands $100,000 since he’ll have to start his life all over again under an alias. The billionaire laughs at him and tells him he’ll need at least $300,000. Realizing the billionaire has much more easily available cash than he thought, the robber demands $1 million. They haggle back and forth and come up to the sum of $500,000 because the robber can carry it alone and it will all fit in one bag.
The billionaire calls his assistant and arranges for the cash to be dropped at the house. It will take a day. So fast forward until the next day. The gardener arrives and upon finding the billionaire and his wife home wants to show them all the designs he’s made for the garden. The billionaire, the wife, and the robber go outside with him, but the gardener keeps elaborating and the robber is very nervous. So the robber insists they go inside. When the gardener gives the billionaire his plans and a pencil, so he can authorize the planting of a big oak tree in the center of the garden, instead the billionaire writes a note that he’s being held prisoner. The gardener tries to escape but the robber catches him and brings him inside. Now there are three hostages.
Halfway through the afternoon, the billionaire finally cracks and gets into an argument with the robber. The gardener panics and tries to escape, falling against the patio door. His head goes through the glass and the glass slits his throat. He dies on their floor even though the robber tries to save him. Now the billionaire and his wife are terrified the robber will kill them. He has nothing left to lose. In most states, a death during the commission of a crime is felony murder regardless of whether it’s intentional or accidental.
When the assistant arrives with the money outside, the wife goes out to get it and brings it back. The robber ties her up and, as a parting shot, tells the billionaire he may think he has a perfect life, but he’s all alone because his wife has birth control pills in her purse and was never trying to get pregnant. He starts to leave and gets as far as the patio. The wife has taken a piece of glass from under the sofa and cut herself free. She grabs a small statue and clubs the robber over the head with it until he dies. Then she takes the robber’s gun and shoots the billionaire with it. Finally, she wipes the gun clean then puts it in the hand of the robber, making it appear he shot the billionaire. Then she starts walking for help.
6/10. Loved the ending. It’s still a very slow film.