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Much more than a Korean Ocean's 11 (Bluray edition),
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This review is from: The Thieves [Blu-ray] (2012) (Blu-ray)
[Spoilerless Review] Many viewers will portray the film as a Korean version of 'Ocean's 11'. It is an easy comparison, and at least for the first half of the movie not too far from the truth. However, with three major female characters as part of the heist crew, 'Thieves' is more than just a vehicle for metro-sexual pretty boys trying to recapture brat-pak cool. There is nothing tough or gritty for most of the movie, but for these thieves stealing money always trumps style. The dialog contains many good one liners, but it's not the emphasis of the movie.
But as with many Korean movies (such as 'The Good, the Bad, and the Weird'), there is still an inherent quirkiness to the characters and their delivery. This not a black comedy, but the movie will crack a lot of smiles. Good acting with good chemistry, the "dialog" is good but the movie is not dubbed in English.
Strengths of the movie include some ethnic tension/interplay as Korean, Chinese, and multi-racial characters have to work together in multi-cultural Hong Kong to rob jewels being held within a casino. Aside from the ethnic allegiances, most characters also have a personal history between them that sometimes crosses those cultural lines, making for complex relationships that shift. In fact, you'll likely find yourself rooting for different characters in the first half of the movie than you will in the second. As crew members are captured or killed, who survives to live to see any 'happy ending' changes quickly.
At over two hours the film is to a certain degree almost two movies in one, the first being more of the quirky heist type and the second being more straight up action. The film is not rated, I would peg it at PG-13: lots of shooting with blood, but not excessively gory, some sexual inuendo (and some language), but no nudity. Strong cinemaphotography/picture, good audio/well mixed. Production well on par with movies from the States. Really the only people who won't enjoy the film are those who don't want to read sub-titles.
While the film starts off a little cliche, it quickly evolves with some truly unexpected twists and turns. Not many extras other than a short "making of", trailer, etc. but at this price still a great vallue. Highly entertaining with strong rewatch value. 4 1/2 stars.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2013 9:58:40 PM PDT
"Strengths of the movie include some racial interplay as Korean and Chinese"
Koreans and Chinese are of the same race. The differences are wholly cultural -- which are not "race/s".
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