The Asian market continues to deliver some of the best and most intriguing films around. Whether it is an epic martial arts film or a strange horror film, they really go all out to produce a film that is like nothing you have seen. While those may be the most notable genres, they also produce others as well including the latest from Korea The Thieves. This film not only performed well over seas it became one of the highest grossing films in Korea, but does it deliver a great heist thriller or will it be a crime in itself?
The Thieves follows a group of thieves that head to Macau for a job while things cool down from their previous heist. Their target is the “Tear of the Sun”, a $20 million diamond kept safely away in a casino. As if trying to steal this diamond wasn’t enough trouble, each of them has their own agendas to keep it for themselves. Once again they have delivered a fun and intriguing film that works really well. The story is just complicated enough to keep you guessing, but also pretty straight forward to not become too convoluted. What makes this film work even more than the story is the wide array of fun characters that make up the group of thieves. Each of them is both likeable and unlikeable in their own way and given their own time to shine in various ways throughout the film. The biggest concern for the heist genre is the crime itself. If you don’t have an interested plan, then it everything falls apart quickly. Thankfully this film keeps stepping up the game to keep you entertained, but at the same time doesn’t step too far out of the box breaking any molds in the genre. All the actors do a great job with their characters and seem to have great chemistry together.
This is a well crafter heist film that hits all the right notes. It does run a bit longer than it really needs to filled with some stuff that doesn’t really push the story along, but nonetheless still delivers. Whether you enjoy Asian cinema or not, this is one of those that plays as just a great movie and you should check it out.