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Thick as Thieves (2009)

Duration1h 38m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 7
Source of storyAn original screenpplay
DirectorMimi Leder
Writers/ScriptTed Humphrey
StarringMorgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Tom Hardy, Robert Forster, Radha Mitchell, Rade Serbedzija
RatingsIMDb: 6.0/10 by 35,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 20% by 5 reviewers Review2view: 5/10.

Summary: Keith Ripley is a skilled thief who recruits a younger and more agile criminal, Gabriel, to help him conduct a major heist, which is the theft of a couple of Faberge eggs which he knows are in a high security facility within a Russian jeweller’s establishment in New York. Ripley is well known to the police and has been actively pursued by Lt Weber for years, without success. Gabriel meets Alex, a female lawyer which is the daughter of Ripley’s friend, who has apparently been killed, and despite being warned off, Gabriel gets together with Alex. Having found out how to overcome the extensive security system in the jeweller’s facility, Ripley and Gabriel appear to be on the road success, when things change, putting Ripley in danger.

Content: There is no revelatory sex between Gabriel and Alex, and she appears alluringly in her underwear. Some smoking and social drinking. The police seem to track Ripley with no problem and we see him being followed by CCTV. Gabriel and Alex meet in a Russian bar more than once. Most of the film taken up with the two villains preparing for the big heist, and then it taking place.

A View: I had a job to follow exactly what was going on as the film moved along, and it seems that everyone else did too. Radha Mitchell, yet another of the “Neighbours” alumni might have been the best thing in it. It cost a lot and nowhere near got its money back, having been consigned immediately to video. In the end it seemed to leave us with more questions than answers, the most important one possibly being, why did I give an hour and a half of my time to this?

Despite his wonderful reputation, Morgan Freeman has appeared in quite a few pop films. How about London  has Fallen, Olympus has Fallen and Lucy. 

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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