Director: James Marsh
Starring: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Cox, Francesca Annis
With a sterling cast and the best of male British film actors, what could possibly go wrong? Mediocre script by Joe Penhall, and meandering direction turn what should have been another blockbuster like Sexy Beast, into a pedestrian stroll through a heist movie based on Britain’s biggest jewellery robbery (estimated haul of $250 million) in London’s Hatton Garden in 2015. Aged villains get together to do one last job by hitting the safe deposit boxes in what appears to be in impenetrable bank vault. The cunning old lags, with the help of a young skittish, security/electronics expert called Basil (Charlie Cox), do the business over a long weekend, and in the immediate aftermath fool authorities into believing the well-executed robbery was the work of a professional syndicate of European robbers. Greed and distrust are the old codgers eventual downfall as no crime goes unpunished. Sadly, King of Thieves’ absence of suspense and clear identity leaves the audience. robbed.
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