Polish caper pic “Vinci,” in which thieves plot to purloin a Leonardo da Vinci painting, is no masterpiece, but it forges zippy, mainstream entertainment from by-the-numbers elements. Veteran crime and comedy helmer Juliusz Machulski (“Killer,” “Superproduction”) mixes a few gimmicks from Hollywood heisters like “The Score” and the new “Italian Job” with plenty of Polish-specific gags and references. Local B.O. figures this fall were pretty enough to hang on a wall, but international auds won’t gaze with such rapt admiration.
Inveterate thief Cuma (Robert Wieckiewicz), on parole from prison, uses a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swipe the national treasure, Da Vinci’s “Lady With an Ermine,” for a wealthy collector. Cuma’s former partner, Julian (Borys Szyc), isn’t keen at first to help out — given he’s become a cop — but finally does. Rest of the gang includes forgers Magda (Kamilla Baar) and Hagen (Jan Machulski), and a docile getaway driver (Lukasz Simlat) whose brain disorder prevents him from recognizing faces, which makes him incapable of betrayal. Pic gets bogged down with crime mechanics in the middle act, but the climax delivers. Tech credits are efficient.