Den of Thieves is the latest action film from director Christian Gudegast starring Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), and O'Shea Jackson Jr. The film works as almost an exact retelling of Michael Mann's 1995 masterpiece, Heat. This time we get the more meathead version of that story but the outside framing is much the same.Read More
"Olympus Has Fallen" the 2013 surprise hit seemed to strike a chord with action movie fans with its fairly brutal gun violence and a lot of stabbings to the chest and facial area. The "sequel" continues that tradition with more headshots and knives to the face then you can shake a stick at.
The movie starts off with a drone strike on a terrorist compound. People die and we get a very simple setup for a revenge plot. We are then introduced to our protagonist Mike Bannon (Gerard Butler) who is still protecting his best friend President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) Lynn Jacobs (Angela Bassett) and Vice President Trumble (Morgan Freeman) round out the important people in the movie. We learn Banning is about to have a baby and is thinking about quitting when suddenly the prime minister dies. The President has to attend the funeral and Banning cant quit just yet.
When they get to London, chaos ensues and this is what everyone came to see, right? The antagonists aren't screwing around. They pull off quite possibly, the most coordinated attack I've ever seen in movie history. They murder half the world’s leaders in the span of five minutes. They have rigged half of London to explode and it is absolutely ridiculous. While all this is going on Banning is tasked with protecting the president, double tapping everyone in sight and doesn't suffer so much as a scratch. You know what, I'm perfectly fine with it. From here on out, it’s just a roller coaster ride of people being shot and stabbed. Helicopters being shot at, cars being shot at, missiles being fired and, just a bunch of rapid fire clichéd tropes that just seem to work for this movie. The last 20 minutes doesn't do anything different but for some reason I enjoyed the hell out of it. He essentially takes out an entire terrorist organization like he's a goddamn super hero.
Now, the movie itself isn't exactly good. The dialog is dumb, the directing is average at best with way too many top down aerial shots. Another issue I had was the fact that every time a new person showed up on screen their name would pop up in the corner. You can't keep track of anyone nor do you really care who he or she is. It was an odd choice to say the least. Butler was having a blast playing his character again. Overall though it doesn't reinvent the wheel if you're looking for a fun action movie and know what you're getting into I would recommend it. If you enjoyed the first movie, there's no reason why you won't enjoy this one.
2 1/2 headshots out of 5
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