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 Den of Thieves 

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 Den of Thieves 
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Den of Thieves is a 2018 American heist action thriller film directed, produced and co-written by Christian Gudegast.

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Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:13 pm
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So the writer of London Has Fallen, in his directorial debut, has remade Heat with Gerard Butler as Al Pacino, American Gods' Pablo Schreiber as Robert De Niro, and 50 Cent as Val Kilmer. And it is...fairly amazing. Other than a superfluous minute-long coda at the end (with a too-pat final twist), this is a riveting and stylish crime epic with kinetic heist-and-shootout sequences, an involving constellation of savage characters on both sides of the law, and a superbly debauched and charismatic performance by Butler. Enormous fun and a surprising treat so early in the year.

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^ Good news. I’m gonna see it sometime this week.


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Den is a solid action thriller, one where you start the movie on the side of the cops but don’t know who to support by the end. It’s a very cool idea for a heist movie, if things had gone according to plan the thieves would have made it out without hurting anyone. But obviously things dont and many many people die in some tense, but exciting shoot outs.

The one big problem is, that despite being almost 2.5 hours, the movie never really bothers to develop anyone but Butler. There are so many “Butler self-destructs in a social situation” parts that could have been better spent. I loved the scene where 50 was talking to his daughters prom date, but thats about it as far as his character goes. Also what was with Butler having sex with Merriman’s wife? That never came up again. I’m conflicted on the end too, as I think it would have been better without the twist.

I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is into crime movies. It may be a far cry from the movie it is trying to emulate, but the effort is appreciated.


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Some really great scenes that builds up so well and the final crime doesn't disappoint. The ending twist though it purely crap and takes away a lot from the movie it set to build before a simple the idiot skipped would have worked though when they did change the truck and caught the wrong truck I was suspicious because it didn't look like something the guys would plan. Also the side story is so damn crap, was there any need to see Butler as the family man getting divorced and then crying? or 50 threatening his girl's boyfriend (great scene BTW), or the needless relationship between Butler and Schriber.

The final heist is tense and superb which alone is good enough for the admission ticket here. Some more time on its setup would have worked better rather than trying to surprise with the actual events. The fights overall are very well choreographed.

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Den of Thieves

Excellent cops-and robbers-action film. Full to the brim of machismo. Tattoos, muscles, macho standoffs, guns, leather jackets...it's all there. The final hour (the heist and the ensuing chase) is absolutely enthralling and doesn't let up. Great action. The film shares a structure (and even some scenes) with Heat, but it's a totally different beast in its own regard. Actually, it feels very much like it shares a universe with Triple 9 and Sabotage. It is not as sophisticated and neat and cool as Heat. It's more rough around the edges. The dynamic here is turned on its head because for me I'm rooting for McCauley in Heat but Nick in Thieves, which makes it interesting to see [essentially] the same story but from the other side. And Butler is great as the wildcard sheriff cop. No uniform, no rules. It's great.

The setup for a sequel is a little glib, and Nick's divorce/not seeing the kids plot thread loses steam about half-way through the film, but I'll give those a pass because I did not see the final twist coming.

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Also what was with Butler having sex with Merriman’s wife? That never came up again.


It didn't need to. Nick was goading Merriman, but Merriman wanted that to happen in order get his phone number so he could trump Nick in that little mind game exercise. Remember he calls Nick from inside the Pico Rivera Savings Bank? And also because he wanted to keep Nick and the feds surrounding that bank and not following them to the Federal Reserve.


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A pretty solid crime thriller. I heard so many complaints from people who disliked it because they thought it was too much of a ripoff of Heat, and while they do have their similarities I definitely wouldn't call this a rip-off. You could say the same about The Town and while I didn't like this as much as that movie it's a far more engaging and thrilling heist film than something like Triple 9 IMO. This and The Town have to be the one of the very few films where I like the criminals more than the so called good guys and I have to give it major props for that. I loved every minute of the macho badassary of when Gerard Butler was on screen. The guy was truly a prick, but I enjoyed watching his character interacting with other characters especially Pablo Schreiber lol. O'Shea Jackson Jr. was good here too and easily my favorite character in the movie mostly because I found him to be the most likable. 50 Cent is barely in it which is only good thing, but he ain't that bad either, however the two big heist action sequences are why I liked this so much. Very well staged, violent and intense stuff and I hope to see this director do more crime/action films.

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