The Thieves (2012)
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Critic Reviews for The Thieves
"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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Thieves
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.
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.
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!
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