King of Thieves, 5.87/10, is the latest depiction of the ‘Hatton Garden Job’ from the director James Marsh. The job itself took place in London’s Hatton Garden area in April 2015 with the total value of stolen goods estimated at up to £200 million – making it the largest burglary in English legal history. If you’re unaware of the job itself, you would probably be thinking that a job that size would take a team of young professionals however you would be mistaken. It was carried out by four elderly men and one younger man named ‘Basil’ who still to this day has not been found and roams free with his share of the loot. At the time – as you would imagine – it was leading UK news and captured my attention so when the film was announced, I was thoroughly excited for its release. Upon watching the film, I did find it enjoyable but was this because of my awareness of the film premise and outcome? Most probably. I am not sure how well King of Thieves is going to do with an unfamiliar audience. As a television series, the creators would have been able to have more scope in developing some of the less well-known or seen characters.
From what I have already divulged, you can probably already tell that this film is centred around a heist. When Brian Reader’s (played by Michael Caine) wife passes away, she leaves him with one last request: to stay out of trouble. Brian, struggling with the loss and the loneliness that looms over him, can’t help but ponder over the ‘impossible job’. When Basil (played by Charlie Cox) knocks at his door with the opportunity of a lifetime, Reader quickly forgets his promise to his late wife. As the two begin to explore the plans to rob Hatton Garden’s safety deposit room on Easter bank holiday, they quickly realise they are going to need a bigger team of crooks to pull it off. Brian gets in contact with a few of his old friends: Terry Perkins (played by Jim Broadbent), John ‘Kenny’ Collins (played by Tom Courtenay), Danny Jones (played by Ray Winstone) and Carl Wood (played by Paul Whitehouse). The job itself ends up spanning across two days and the OAP thieves manage to pull the job of – scarily – without breaking a sweat. However, when their actions start to catch up with them the pressure, paranoia and greed quickly crumbles the team.
King of Thieves has been labeled as a crime drama which is a 100% accurate but there is certainly a comical back-bone to the movie which, at times, almost made me feel a little inappropriate due to the circumstance. I have struggled to put my finger on what it was about this film that had me feeling a little dissatisfied after being so excited when seeing the trailer. Where I was able to see this on a limitless release, I’m yet to be able to discuss the ins and outs of King of Thieves to find out the cause of my slight disappointment. So I urge you to go see this movie just so you can get in contact and let me know what you thought.
Entertainment (of its genre): 6.5/10
Overall Rating: 5.87/10