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"The Thieves" carves its own niche with moments of romance and stylish mayhem mixed with a more emotionally conflicted, winner-take-all sensibility than its American brethren.
[A] sprawling, relentlessly entertaining thriller.
Welcome to the K-cinema equivalent of comfort food.
Easier to like than it is to follow, Choi Dong-hoon's glossy caper boasts all the pomp and cajolery of the true international blockbuster.
... Asia's answer to the Ocean's films, a sleek, snappy heist movie with plenty of working parts, eccentric personalities, and convoluted plotlines ...
Most American caper flicks are cool their forefathers are film noir but The Thieves screams to be hot, its pomposity is a point of pride, and while it's highly entertaining, its charm isn't very sophisticated and in effect, not very long-lasting.
Sadly, plot padding sees the film, lengthy for a heist thriller at 136 minutes, eventually wear out its welcome.
In dire need of a keen editor, and perhaps some clearer subtitling.
The Thieves comes off like the Ocean's Eleven of South Korean cinema, but it also seems to be all talk and not enough action. Although slightly disappointing, The Thieves is worth seeing for its final 45 adrenaline pumping minutes.
it's all very slickly realised... but the sheer number of mood swings, double crosses and narrative twists eventually becomes exhausting, while making it impossible to engage with the protean players or to care much who eventually comes up diamonds.
A dazzling heist film that can't help but come off as duly influenced by Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy, South Korea's number one box-office champ of all time is never less than clever.
A clever take on caper movies, this casino heist has an appealing cast, tricky plotting, and strong, vivid action.
A heist film America wishes it could make. Funny, lots of action and some very human/touching moments with an ending that keeps you guessing. A great cast ensemble cast helps too!
I'm a person who really doesn't enjoy caper films. I just find the idea horribly repetitive and I don't enjoy the fact that the majority of the films rely on the planning of the caper itself. This makes sense to be fair, but the character usually take a backseat to the planning. I usually find the planning AND the characters generic and dull. That's why I'm so surprised that I enjoyed the movie as much as I did. The planning is actually really interesting since the characters themselves aren't on the same page, they're each out looking for number one and that makes the eventual heist more interesting since you don't know who's gonna back-stab who. And I liked that. It also helps to know that, at least, there's some ACTUAL character development here and the characters aren't just BODIES that have no discernible personalities. The good thing is that the caper itself isn't the end game. It's what happens afterwards after the Koreans are betrayed by somebody, who I won't spoil. The movie only gets better after the caper itself happens. There's a lot of betrayals and twists but the movie never becomes a parody of itself. It's not like the twists are mind-blowing that you won't see coming, but they make sense in the context of the film, so thumbs up for that. The movie isn't complex, as it relates to characters or story, but it does have a lot it want to get out there and it does so relatively easy. It's not a film that is hard to follow at all despite a lot going on. The film is also, for its genre, surprisingly long but it's a movie that just flies by, it's really an entertaining and stylish flick. The action sequences, there aren't that many maybe 2 at the most, are particularly exciting. And the cast was also excellent. But, and most importantly, the film had NO MELODRAMA. Of course this isn't strictly a comedy or a romance, though it has aspects of both, but it's still good to see a movie not forcing in some unnecessar dramatic aspects. If I had done a list of films that pleasantly surprised me, this film would place highly on that list. It's certainly not even close to being a great movie, but I never expected to like this movie as much as I did. It's just a really fun caper flick, so if you have Netflix and want to watch something entertaining, then this is highly recommended.
The Thieves follows hardened robber Macao Park who wants to steal a $20 million diamond from a casino in Macau. In order to pull off the perfect heist, he enlists the services of Korean and Chinese thieves. What looks to be a smooth heist suddenly shatters into a botched job as each thief begins to reveal their true motives and lots of betrayals and grudges surface before any thief can get to the diamond.
The Thieves is a mixture between the Oceans and Mission Impossible series. You have a star studded cast like in Oceans with their own dynamic and set pieces that have a similar design to Mission Impossible. With multiple characters and subplots were expected to follow it can be easy to lose track of what's happening. With good pacing the plot never becomes too overwhelming to take in even when things become hectic in the final act. It does however go a bit too far with the many twists and betrayals that become abuse in the second half of the film. It breaks up the momentum whenever characters explain themselves for their certain actions. Some subplots end without being resolved, but the development given to the crew never makes them feel like an afterthought to the story.
There's no shaky cam, fancy editing, or heavy uses of CG when it comes to it action set pieces. The practical action sequences are few in numbers, but one elaborate shootout and good stunt work on the side of a high-rise building will make up for it. In a film with this big of a cast it's hard imagine anyone standing out, but actor Yun-soek Kim does just that. The only cast member I knew going into this was Simon Yam, but Yun-soek Kim took my attention given how he has more screen time and a more interesting role. The Thieves is a great heist film that make its two plus hour running time fly by mostly without hitch.
Dong-hoon Choi delivers the stolen goods in The Thieves.
For 2 hours and 15 minutes the story keeps the pressure on as the plot constantly leaves details to be determined. With all the characters and the heist elements the story does require attention to keep up; however, it manages to stay simple enough to avoid confusion.
The heist is quite elaborate, but that's only half the film. The film continues with other criminal activity and even some action sequences to top it all off.
Despite some disappointing closures for some of the characters, the variety of them is a huge asset to this picture and is backed by some solid acting all around. Gianna Jun is the eye catcher of them all and the most lively at that. Yun-seok Kim is a reliable ringleader. Simon Yam, Angelica Lee, and Hye-Soo Kim fill up some of the other major characters.
After all the fun has run its course, The Thieves finds itself as a film worth stealing.
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