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LAFF Movie Review: Loot

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It has been said about some documentaries that they would seem unbelievable were they not actually true. Loot is just such a film. Its premise is so spectacular, its story so absurd and compelling that your mouth ultimately just falls open as you watch it all unfold. The film begins with presumptive treasure hunter Lance Larson in the Philippines. He's at a dig site looking for gold that the Japanese may have buried there during World War II. Of course, the hunt comes up empty and soon Lance is back in the U.S. chatting up two WW2 vets who buried their own treasure during the war and are finally ready to go look for it.

Those two vets are Darrel and Andy. Darrel is a minister in Utah who served on the Austrian-German border during the tail end of World War II. During the final days of the conflict, Darrel and a friend looted a jewelry store and stashed its contents in the attic of a nearby house. Andy, on the other hand, served in the Philippines where he came across a cache of gold and samurai swords which he promptly buried in the jungle near the beach. He now lives in a house in Arizona which even the most devout pack rat would say needed some spring cleaning.