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Plot: A true crime film about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events. Runtime: 108 min Release Date: 14 Sep 2018
Well I have seen 3 films on the true story of the Hatton Garden safe deposit box robbery and this version topped them all, mainly because of the cast...with Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent and Ray Winstone heading the cast it's something special. The Genre tags on here seem to be missing a tag of comedy but whether I just have a sick sense of humour or it is missed will never be known. It really is very funny and such an interesting film. A film that I think could have been a bit longer as no sooner had it started it was over.Acting was good, based on a true story and funny in a kind of <more>
Pure dead brilliant! I'm going to watch it again. Top actors as you've never seen them before - Michael Gambon as you've never seen him.Amazing it's true
Great movie (by charlottesunajko)
Not for children and simple minded audience who appreciate hollywood-special effects-full of action crappy movies only.
Humour, Treachery, Robbery and Great Entertainment. (by caledoniancraig-78-431259)
The King of Thieves film came with a great endorsement - a cast laden with great talent. It delivers on many fronts for me.It has many laugh out loud moments and is very non-pc which is very refreshing. The main cast of Caine, Courtenay, Broadbent, Whitehouse and Winstone worked superbly together and bounce off each other really well.It is intriguing seeing them plot the robbery and along the way we see snippets of each character well actor in their youth using snaps of them from films they were in many years earlier.Caine portrays a man who is left alone and very sad when his lifelong <more>
partner passes away and you feel his loneliness in the scenes in his large and empty house.Broadbent plays the bullying and double-crossing member of the gang and cuts an intimidating figure backed up by Ray Winstone as they look to take the largest cut from the robbery much to Caine's anger.All in all it makes for great entertainment with a pleasing soundtrack to boot. Highly recommended and I await the DVD release eagerly.
Despite being a serious incident and story, this was bloody brilliant. A load of old farts make it such quality. I loved it. Now one of my favourite films of all time. The cast is too good, with loads of trates from each other and some might be quite unpredictable. A fabulous touch was throughout the film and especially the very end was when they showed small clips of other films the actors had also started in. Michael Caine from 'Get Carter' and Ray Winstond in 'Scum' etc. This is a bloody brilliant film!
The Self-Preservation Society (by guchrisc)
This StudioCanal film tells the true story of the attempt to break into the vault of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. It was intended to be the last big job, the crown jewels, for a bunch of old career criminals. It is not a gangster movie, nor a comedy crime caper, rather, it is a heist movie. A dramatic reconstruction that is surprisingly factual. The 1934 Rubel Ice Corp armoured car heist of $427,950 in Bath Beach Brooklyn was hugely popular culturally. The majority of the money from the1950 Brinks Robbery in Boston was never recovered. Likewise, when Albert Spaggiari tunnelled from <more>
a Nice sewer, into a bank vault, the 30-60m francs stolen was never recovered. Spaggiari left behind his message that no violence was used.However, it is the British, who have become known for their spectacular feats of thieving, be that as breaking and entering in peaceful burglaries, or be it robbery by violence, or the threat thereof.In 1962, the London Airport Robbery was merely used as a fundraiser, to get money together, for the big one; The Great Train Robbery of 1963. £2.6m was stolen. Most was never recovered. A long sprawling story ensued. The Train Robbers themselves, mostly from South London, achieved cult status, thus creating a discernable criminal trend.The Train Robbers themselves, got back together again, to tell their true story to Piers Paul Read for his 1978 book. It was only when Read was well into the writing of his book, that he discovered to his horror, that the gang were doing what all career criminals did, which was to try to do another job, this time with Read as the victim. Despite all that, the book is good, as is the more factual 1988 film 'Buster'. The Train Robbers were born in the 1920s and 1930s, though mostly in the late twenties and early thirties. A Brian Reader, born around 1939 in South London, was thus already a young man by the time of The Great Train Robbery. The Great Train Robbers did not make Reader a career criminal, but perhaps they helped inspire this career criminal of a slightly younger generation.A bank holiday is when most businesses, including banks, are shut. Many people are on holiday, including bank workers. However, not all workers are on holiday. Some are hard at work. A Bank Holiday is in fact an excellent time for a bit of thieving. The Train Robbers struck after a Bank Holiday. So too, the Nice sewer heist was done during the long-weekend after Bastille Day.In 1983, there were two spectacular robberies. At Easter, the Security Express robbery netted £6m in cash. Then, in November, £26m worth of gold bullion was stolen from Brinks-Mat. The two robberies were done by two different firms or gangs. Terry Perkins went to prison for the Security Express job. Brian Reeder went to prison for handling the Brinks-Mat gold. Linked to these two men, and these two robberies, were some of the most notorious criminals, and all the top firms, or gangs, from the Train Robbers right through to the present day.The Ealing Comedy film 'The Lavender Hill Mob' 1951 opens with Alec Guinness planning his own gold robbery, then recruiting his gang and then stealing, and transporting his gold. The 'The Italian Job' 1969 has a young Michael Caine playing Charlie Croker, breaking into prison, to talk to gang-boss Mr Bridger played by Noel Coward.'King Of Thieves' opens, not with a robbery, but with Michael Caine working diligently at his smelter. A few other scenes then draw a poignant picture of an older man. This is Brian Reader, as played by Michael Caine. He is joined by Terry Perkins played by Jim Broadbent. In real-life, Perkins is about ten years younger than Reader. Very quickly, we then move into the heart of the film, when they start discussing that ultimate fantasy score, of taking down the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. For it is in their vault, that Hatton Garden jewellers, and others, keep their safe-deposit boxes.Charlie Cox, plays a younger man called Basil, who thinks he can help them get access to the vault. Others are recruited, as they think they can turn their dream into a reality. In the film, Ray Winstone plays Danny Jones, who seems to have been recruited for his physical abilities. In reality, it was Jones who in 2012 first had the idea for the heist, and started to plan the Hatton Garden heist. Winstone gives a tremendous performance as Jones. Winstone himself was a very useful boxer in his youth and is not doubt able to draw on that abilty a boxer is required to draw on to commit. This is not a violent film, but it is about older men who are not unfamiliar with violence in the past. Winstone gives a performance, particularly in one scary scene, that reminds you of Bob Hoskins in 'The Long Good Friday' 1980 . It is of course the ability to work yourself into a rage, and to let the rage loose, which separates the violent from the peaceful. In reality too, Winstone is merely about two years younger than his character Jones. The two went to the same school. What are missing from the portrayal of Jones, are some of extremely bizarre elements in his life-style. Perhaps they were just considered too bizarre to be believable for the film.Tom Courtney, Michael Gambon, and Paul Whitehouse, play the parts of others involved in the plot. The actions and dialogues of the plotters in the film, actually duplicate the known facts of the case. The gang-dynamics, based on the reality, are fascinating, particularly between Terry Perkins and Brian Reeder. The relationship of the two is fascinating, however, something there, in this film, is not explored. We know that it is there, but it is not revealed. It is the only flaw in the film, apart from the relationships of Basil, which probably of necessity could not be explored either. We are left with knowing what Basil's relationship isn't, just as we were perhaps thinking he was, but what the basis of his relationships was in the film, or in real-life, remains unexplored.Film critics have either ignored this film, or condemned it because the characters are nasty. The film is about career criminals, thus they are not nice people. Their morality is explored somewhat in the film. Criminals are despised, feared, and hated, because like pirates and Vikings of old, they have no respect for the law. They have a concept of private property, but it is based on the concept of 'theft is property', and that 'whatever a man can take, and hold onto, that is his'. These are not men who wish to be paid a pittance by others to go down the mine. Rather, they wish to be self-employed as they seek to mine precious metals and minerals. The working-man working for a pittance, and respecting, or fearing, the law, admires those with the bottle to do the big jobs. If nothing else, the story is an interesting story to brighten the day. Those with the money, fear the criminal. For the middle-classes, there lives are much removed from the criminal, a distance that they wish to maintain. For the working man, and those who like him struggle to survive, the temptation to commit petty crime, to survive, is a reality of life. For those who are criminals, those who do the big scores, are looked up to. However, these criminals are no Robin Hoods giving money to the poor, but rather, they want to steal and keep it for themselves. They have no class-consciousness, thus they are hated by the communists. No such thing as society, except what you make for yourself. It is the law of the jungle, and they are the big beasts, the kings of the jungle.The time of the old-style burglars and robbers may be passing. This seems a theme of this film. It is now harder to do the jobs, as this film shows. However, our old career criminals, in this film, decide that they will attempt this last big job. To do so, they will use all their old knowledge and skills. They were, and are, the best at what they do.The acting, story, and filming, of this movie, are all first class. Iconic London scenes are well filmed. Bus journeys from South London do cross the Thames, and in the right direction too. Brief flashbacks pay homage to an earlier age of robbery. Homage is also played to the actors too. Perhaps some fear homage is paid to the thieves too, though they are not glamourized. 'The Italian Job' ended with scenes of gang-boss Mr Bridger being feted as the gold is driven through the Alps to the tune of 'The Self-Preservation Society'. Now Michael Caine, who played that young villain in 'The Italian Job' is now playing the older villain.The film does not explicitly state who is the King Of Thieves, it leaves the question open, for others to decide.Almost totally flawless! 9/10.
For those who say this movie is slow and low budget: what did you expect? This is not Transformers, there is no Mark Wahlberg or Bruce Willis from the 90's, no CGI, no John Woo feat. Michael Bay. This is just a well delivered true story, brought to you by many of the best actors of our time. And it does not want to be more, so why do you?
There really is no honour amongst thieves. (by Sleepin_Dragon)
The wealth of acting talent and experience prompted me to want to see this, coupled with an interest in the real life story.I'm stunned to read people find this slow, it's hardly designed as an action packed thriller. It's the telling of real life events. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the story is intriguing, the acting is first rate, plus it contains some very humorous moments.It begins off in quite a light hearted way, it's jolly and funny, but oncr the deed is done, it takes on a more serious tone, the laughs are fewer, and the true greed of the characters comes out.Excellent <more>
performances, Caine, Gambon, Courtenay and Winstone all excellent, but for me it was Jim Broadbent who stole the show, he was superb. Francesca Annis was lovely in it, though sadly not for very long.It's not a classic, but well worth seeing for the wealth of acting talent. 8/10
What a cast! Micheal Caine; Jim Broadbent; Tom Courtenay; Michael Gambon; Ray Winstone; Paul Whitehouse.... Just one look at the poster and you think yes, Yes, YES! But would this be a case where my expectations would be dashed?Having seen the film at a nationwide preview showing, I'm pleased to say no, it's not. I was very much entertained.The film tells the ridiculous true story of the "over the hill gang" - the bunch of largely pensioner-age criminals who successfully extracted what was definitely £14 million - and could have been up to £200 million - of goodies from a <more>
vault in London's Hatton Gardens jewellery district over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in 2015. The gang is led by the "king of thieves" - Brian Michael Caine - highly regarded as an 'elder statesman' among the London criminal scene. "King of Thieves" nicely follows the well trodden story-arc of the "Heist" movie, but - for me - does it with significantly greater style than the norm.Yes, it's very much a "Brit-flick", and I'm not sure how it will play outside of the UK. But the film's script, penned by Joe Penhall "The Road", "Enduring Love" , plays beautifully to the extreme age of its cast - the average age of the actors playing the gang is over 67... and that includes the 35-year old Charlie "Stardust" Cox who is actually very good as the young foil for the older blades ! There is lots of laugh-out-loud dialogue relating to bodily deficiencies and ailments and the tendencies of old-folk to nod off at inconvenient times! However, its not very deep stuff, giving little background to the characters. And if you are of a sensitive disposition, the language used in the film is pretty extreme: F-bombs and C-bombs are dropped in every other sentence. The film is delivered with visual style by "The Theory of Everything" director James Marsh. He cleverly reflects that all of the older leads have past records: the film nicely interweaving tiny snippets of past British crime movies to illustrate the career exploits of the now-creaky old folks. If in the epilepsy-inducing opening titles you thought you caught a subliminal shot of the gold from "The Italian Job" - the superior 1969 version - then you were right! As well as "The Italian Job", the snippets also includes "The Lavender Hill Mob" and if I'm not mistaken the late George Sewell in "Robbery".It's all delivered to a deafeningly intrusive - but in a good way - jazz-style soundtrack by the continually up-and-coming Benjamin Wallfisch. But it is the acting of the senior leads that makes the film fly for me. Caine is just MAGNIFICENT, at the age of 85 with the same screen presence he had as featured stepping out of that prison in "The Italian Job"; Winstone is as good as ever in playing a menacing thug, and even gets to do a Michael Caine impression!; Gambon is hilarious as the weak-bladdered "Billy the Fish". But it is Broadbent that really impresses: he generally appears in films as a genial but slightly ditzy old gent in films like the "Potter" series; "Paddington" and "Bridget Jones". While he has played borderline darker roles "The Lady in the Van" for example , he rarely goes full "Sexy Beast" evil.... but here he is borderline psycho and displays blistering form. A head-to-head unblinking confrontation between Broadbent and Caine is a high-point in the whole film... just electrifying. I'd love to see BAFTA nominations for them both in Acting/Supporting Acting categories. In summary, it's a sweary but stylishly-executed heist movie that has enough humour to thoroughly entertain this cinema-goer. The film is on general release in the UK from September 14th and comes with my recommendation.