14 November 2019 | Coventry
Give us tomorrow? Give us a break!
"Give us Tomorrow" is quite a theatrical and exaggeratedly dramatic title for what basically just is a cheap, sleazy and uninspired hostage thriller/exploitation effort. Two masked men invade the upper-class suburban mansion of a bank director and keep his family hostage, while their accomplices rob the bank. The heist goes awry, an employee gets killed and within the chaos the robbers "forget" to inform their buddies that the heist is finished. Hence, the two remain stuck in the house while the police surrounds the house and escape becomes impossible. I usually love British horror/exploitation cinema from the 70s, but you'll have to admit that Italians and Americans simply dealt with these themes a lot better. Everything in "Give us Tomorrow" feels forced, implausible and fake. The supposedly innocent 16-year-old daughter turns into an unscrupulous nympho in the blink of an eye, the young hostage taker is naïve and clueless, the uptight mother revolts against the vulgar lead-kidnapper Ron, the idiot son is obsessed with guns, etc... It's all very cliched and predictable, to be honest. The film then becomes unintentionally funny because, even though he ought to realize that his situation is hopeless, Ron gets more relaxed and even comfortably sits down with a beer to watch horse racing on television. Still, I'm happy to state that "Give us Tomorrow" never gets dull or intolerably dumb. Derren Nesbitt gives a stellar performance as the chauvinistic kidnapper-pig and Donna Evans, although a woeful actress, look extremely hot and sexy in her girl-school uniform (as well as without). She also seemed to realize acting wasn't her greatest talent, so she became an extremely successful stunt-double with many famous titles on her resume.