The movie Thieves has a string of memorable and original sequences in the movie that can be considered as their best asset. The Korean film is more known as ‘thieves’ despite the title card clearly reading ‘The Thieves’. This movie can be considered and best compared to its genres; it is as entertaining and as appealing.
The setting was just so amusing, beginning with an outlandish Seoul art gallery robbery, followed by a complex main game in a Macau casino. The most captivating scene was the chase scene down the side of a decaying Busan apartment building. You will be most enthralled the series of memorable and original sequences.
Although you can say that this isn’t the only one on its genre but it was no way derivative, most scenes are just truly original. And again, although most reviewers are referring to the film as Korea’s Ocean’s 11, that was just maybe to capture the gist of the whole movie because it falls under the same genre but from the story down to the scenes are very unique. Lee Jeong-jae, from Il Mare played the role Popeye in Thieves, was the head of the team of Korean professional criminals that robbed the art gallery. The robbery was the initial scene was entertaining and audacious. Lee Jeong-jae had an edgy, tetchy performance that was truly believable. In the movie Popeye strut their stuff and provide a reason for them to hide and risk getting involved with the dodgy Macau Park (Kim Yoon-seok of The Chaser) who left Popeye holding the (empty) bag many years before. To add the jumble Popeye also brings Pepsi (Kim Hye-soo), which not only ruffles the feathers of Anycall (Jeon Ji-hyeon), who is accustomed to being the most attractive woman on any heist, but also happens to be Macau Park’s old flame.
When the Koreans and the Mandarin-speaking gang assembled by Macau jockey for position as the crime’s A-team the riot continues and added more spark to the film.
We must pay credit for the characterization; they are distinctive enough to prevent more confusion than is actually intended even though with such a wide ensemble. But the great thing about the movie is it will still keep you guessing by its tricks like who is who is easy enough to track, but with multiple strands, operating simultaneously in the Macau casino where the robbery of the exquisitely named ‘Tear of the Sun’ diamond is to take place, who is doing what and why is somewhat trickier to absorb.
Although there were also parts were the film is a bit predictable but it will still surprise you like when the double act of Hong Kong’s Simon Yam and Kim Hae-sook, who both pretend to be Japanese high rollers. The film also provides emotional depth not only pure action.
Thumbs up for the film, can be lined up beside Hollywood films. It wont be the last man on the race.