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The Thieves

The Thieves (2012)

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It's the score of their lives - if they can pull it off. Five thieves at the top of their game, and the crew is assembling for their biggest job yet. Popie [Jung Jae-Lee] is the muscle and brains; Pepsee [Hye-su Kim] is the safecracker. Yenicall [Giann Jun] climbs walls, Zampano [Soo Hyun Kim] is the strategy man, and Chewingum [Hae-suk Kim] is the master of disguise. But this new score - it's hot. Maybe too hot. But who can resist the Tear of The Sun: a 318-carat diamond, worth 20 million

Feb 12, 2013

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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.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[A] sprawling, relentlessly entertaining thriller.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Welcome to the K-cinema equivalent of comfort food.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Sadly, plot padding sees the film, lengthy for a heist thriller at 136 minutes, eventually wear out its welcome.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny

In dire need of a keen editor, and perhaps some clearer subtitling.

February 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
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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.

February 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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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.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

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.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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A clever take on caper movies, this casino heist has an appealing cast, tricky plotting, and strong, vivid action.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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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.
March 1, 2013
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JY Skacto

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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.
April 2, 2013
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