DEN OF THIEVES (15)

DEN OF THIEVES (15)

Run time: 140 MINS

Director: Christian Gudegast

Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

Synopsis: A notorious crew of bank robbers plan to pull off the ultimate heist – to steal $120million in cash from the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown LA… right under the noses of the state’s most feared police unit.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyX0L3IjoMI&t=3s

In Christian Gudegast’s directorial debut, Nick O’Brien (Gerard Butler) is the hard-drinking leader of the Regulators, an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) is the recently paroled leader of the Outlaws, a gang of ex-military men who use their expertise and tactical skills to evade the law. O’Brien, Merrimen and their crews soon find themselves on a direct collision course as the criminals hatch an elaborate plan for a seemingly impossible heist – the city’s Federal Reserve Bank.

Den of Thieves is a comparatively elaborate heist thriller, an underworld action drama that rambles and digresses and wanders for a while and finally appears to have a message. The movie is set in Los Angeles, which we are told is the bank-robbery capital of the Western world, and Gudegast portrays the city’s freeway maze with a style and soundtrack that makes a huge nod to Michael Mann.

Butler and Schreiber play off well against each other in this gritty, testosterone-soaked crime saga which entertains during the 140 minute running time. With a competent ensemble including O’Shea Jackson Jr and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Den of Thieves aims high and delivers an interesting twist in the tail.

 

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