Customer Review

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a Korean Ocean's 11 (Bluray edition), March 3, 2013
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jul 1, 2013 9:58:40 PM PDT
JNagarya says:
"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".
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.2 out of 5 stars (35 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (17)
4 star:
 (9)
3 star:
 (7)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
$29.98 $13.39
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: North America

Top Reviewer Ranking: 16,855