2018 (UK), Crime/Thriller, 2h 28m
Starring: Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Pablo Schreiber, Evan Jones & Maurice Compte
Nick O’Brien is the hard-drinking leader of the Regulators, an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ray Merrimen is the recently paroled leader of the Outlaws, a gang of ex-military men who use their expertise and tactical skills to evade the law. O’Brien, Merrimen and their crews soon find themselves on a direct collision course as the criminals hatch an elaborate plan for a seemingly impossible heist — the city’s Federal Reserve Bank.
In this long, dull, repetitive heist movie, the thieves are somewhat likeable and the good guys are largely repulsive – it does have a few slick and solid moments, but Den of Thieves disappoints with its reliance on easy plotting and gruff, overlooked acting… I’m looking at you Mr Butler.
The ending is very abrupt and left me frustrated – it felt very concluded and rushed, which is odd seeing as though the film is almost 2 and a half hours long!
I feel as though Christian Gudegast played a little bit too much GTAV and this movie is the result of his awful fan fiction – Butler being Trevor, Schreiber being Michael and Jackson being Franklin. Sigh.