Friday, April 19, 2013

Film Review: The Thieves (2012)

The Thieves (Review)
South Korea/2012
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

South Korean and Chinese thieves team up to steal a $20 million diamond, the "Tear of the Sun", from a highly secured casino - a risky task that will require all of their unique skills. But, a thief's natural habits kick in and a who's-playing-who scenario kicks in.

The Thieves has a fairly recognizable story. Thieves teaming up and planning a heist really isn't anything new; however, The Thieves uses this formula correctly as it never fails to entertain. Each thief brings a specific skill, whether it's recon or vault-cracking, and they all have witty personalities. The bickering is actually humorous. The action sequences this film incorporates are amazing. Some very daring and exhilarating stunt work to keep you at the edge of your seat, amazing shootouts that will have you trying to dodge bullets, and intense chases that will leave you suspended. It all leads up to a great ending. This is a huge step for South Korean action films; action that can match the biggest blockbusters.

The acting is great from the entire cast; from Jun Ji-hyun and Oh Dal-su's witty performances, to Kim Yoon-seok's manipulative and charismatic performance. The entire cast delivers consistently, and it's better as it is incredibly diversified. The choreography is stunning and well-done; the action sequences feel authentic, suspenseful, and sometimes unbelievable; truly a remarkable achievement for South Korean filmmakers. The cinematography of the film is also superb, especially the large scale shots.

Overall, The Thieves is a fantastic action-heist film. The superb action sequences take center stage, and are supported by a great, diverse cast. South Korean films are entering a new whole new level, raising the bar for action films around the world.

Score: 9/10

Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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