Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers Reviews
October 25, 2013
Smash & Grab tells the story and get inside intelligence but the very different styles used makes it look like 4 short documentaries glued together. It seems rushed. Insightful and interesting though, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it a lot but as helpful as the Yugoslavian history lesson was, it almost suggests that hard times is an acceptable excuse. It's a reason, a very valid one, but it's not an excuse. The original Pink Panthers may not have killed anyone but the gangs that have come in their wake have and at the end of the day, stealing stuff that doesn't belong to you and pointing guns at people and threatening to shoot isn't cool.
October 6, 2013
All of the robbery footage in this film is real and done by the criminal group this doc is based on, but for me there wasn't enough of it to sustain the movie. Instead the first half of the film is more of a lesson about the tumultuous history of yugoslavia which i enjoyed but it wasn't what i wanted. Still pretty good and some cool insight but it left me unfulfilled.
November 21, 2013
Havana Marking takes us right into the world of one of the most impressive organised gang of jewel thieves of all times, the Pink Panthers. Through its clever and hip mixtures of elements from real life surveillance footage to a fascinating use of animation, this film is an original look at organised crime with a modern and exciting feel. Yet, there is more than an impressive and creative visual style to the Smash and Grab experience. Apart from the enriching and pricelessly insightful interviews with real members of the Pink Panthers, with this documentary Marking also offers an interesting and original viewpoint on the figure of the criminal by digging deep within their personalities, their cultural background and even their place in history, exposing them as flawed and vulnerable as any other human being.
October 22, 2013
Very well made documentary into a largely unknown world!
August 1, 2013
Great, interesting, well made film about a mad slice of society.