If you enjoy Michael Mann’s LA heist masterpiece Heat, but you didn’t need all that dialogue and pesky nuance and character building mumbo jumbo, well, have I got the movie for you. Welcome to the Den of Thieves.
Not that every crime drama should be like Heat, but this Gerard Butler thriller certainly fancies itself as a loose reigning of sorts. Director Christian Gudegast has shed all the tedium of Mann’s film and inserted a hip-hop soundtrack, 50 Cent, and way more hyperkinetic aerial shots of Los Angeles. Check out the trailer:
A Los Angeles crime saga in the vein of “Heat”, DEN OF THIEVES follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.
I don’t know about you, but I can have Heat and Den of Thieves in my life. Not every movie has to be a meditative take on the nature of law and crime like Mann’s film. Sometimes, we need Gerard Butler in a black tank top threatening O’Shea Jackson Jr.
In a totally unsurprising move, Den of Thieves will open January 19, a nice palette cleanser after all those stuffy Oscar flicks.