Film (Re)View – Den of Thieves

Anyway, back to the movie.

It is very “Heat”esque in its storyline and who is trying to undermine and outsmart whom was done extremely well. It starts with the baddies (Schreiber’s crew) doing what seems like a pointless heist of an armoured vehicle, as there is no money in it, and it leaves the Major Crimes unit (Butler’s Crew) a tad baffled as to why. Their aim then is to find someone who they can manipulate to find out what Merrimen (Schreiber) is up to. This is in the form of Donnie (O’Shea Jackson), the seemingly innocuous driver.

Donnie certainly plays the part of the innocent in the team very well and Big Nick (Butler) falls for it. Even Merrimen believes Donnie when he tells him he ‘didn’t tell the cops anything’. Merrimen then decides to set the cops up.

What happens is that both Merrimen and Butler get double crossed.

It is a very violent movie, with more than its fair share of fatalities, but, to be honest, I wouldn’t expect anything less from this sort of movie.

The only bad points for me were the shooting range scene where, apparently, Big Nick was trying to out psyche Merrimen. To me it was just a willy waving scene, which would have been far quicker. The other was when they were stuck in traffic and there was a huge shoot-out between the crews. Given the accuracy of fire at the shooting range, the level of inaccuracy in the shoot-out, made my mind boggle. It was bullets for bullets sake. But that’s a female take on the two scenes, as my male friends thought they were both awesome….enough said.

My only question, in the day and age we now live in, is whether Major Crimes would get away with the level of brutality they inflicted. Given how the do gooders have ruined the world, I highly doubt it. This would be my only question over believability.

It was, all in all, an excellent action movie, catering to both sexes on different levels. Well worth a perve…I mean a watch ?

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