Den Of Thieves (2018)
Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, Brian Van Holt, O’Shea Jackson, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson
Directed By: Christian Gudegast
Nick O’Brien is the hardened grizzled leader of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Ray Merrimen is an ex military man, fresh out of prison. He and his crew of ex military men are planning a heist, a seemingly impossible plan, his plan….to steal from the Federal Reserve Bank. This plan sets O’Brien and Merrimen on a dangerous game of cat and mouse ended only one way….kill or be killed.
Den Of Thieves is definitely a movie that comes across like a remake of Michael Mann’s 1995 classic Heat, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Leading the cast is Gerard Butler who plays Nick ‘Big Nick’ O’Brien the tattooed, hard drinking, muscle bound leader of the Los Angeles Special Crime Task Force. Nick and his team border between good and bad, the lines are some what blurred. Leading the opposite team is Pablo Schreiber he plays fresh out of prison ex military man Ray Merrimen, he has his own team who are all ex military, minus newly recruited drive Donnie (O’Shea Jackson).
The movie runs for 140 minutes but you never find yourself bored or checking your phone, the movie has you hooked. It wasn’t your average good guy/ bad guy movie, as you see how both sides live day to day. To some degree I did find myself liking the bad guys a little more than I should have. The movie had a couple of tense/suspenseful scenes, which really got your attention and pulled you in.
Unlike most action heist movies these days, this one isn’t crammed with loads of action, it’s mainly story and character development. We do get action scenes and they do not let down. The end heist and shootout reminded me a little of heats shootout after the heist when they’re in the city.
Overall I was satisfied with the movie and have recommended to quite a few people. A sequel has officially been green lit, cannot wait for it!
Reviewed By Jeff Turner