FILM OF THE WEEK: King of Thieves
Ah, a good old heist movie. It’s a story that’s been told on the big screen in so many ways, but the thrill of it all never wears thin for viewers. Especially when the plot focuses on a wild yet true story where the men with the masks are old-hand criminals creeping into their sixties and seventies.
King Of Thieves is director James Marsh’s (The Theory of Everything) re-imagining of the crime that took place in London’s Hatton Garden in 2015. The cast includes Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone and the legend Michael Caine – no stranger to playing on-screen criminals – in the role of ringleader Brian Reader. After his wife Lynne (Francesca Annis) passes away, Brian can’t help but break his promise to stay out of trouble with the lure of ‘one last job’. At the age of 76, the bandit rallies together a group of like-wise scammers in the aim to pull off one of the biggest robberies of all time.
In fact, when the real-life culprits went for the capital city’s jewellery district, they are thought to have got away with a whopping £25m (AED120m) worth of goods in a story that gripped the for weeks. And as soon as the story broke, it was hard for the public not to be fascinated by the tale, too. So much so, that two films to recount the events have already been made – 2016’s Hatton Garden: The Heist and 2017’s One Last Heist. But with this all star cast taking on the daring story, we reckon this third retelling will steal the show.
In cinemas October 25 (18)
King of the Thieves casts' bad guy roles
Back in 1969, Caine starred in original The Italian Job. He played former prisoner Charlie Croker living life on the run and planning his biggest job yet. Sound familiar?
Can you get more 'twisted bad guy' than Sweeney Todd? In 2006, Winstone played the blood thirsty barber born from Victorian book series, The String of Pearls.
He played the 13th Duke of Wybourne in Fast Show, and each sketch showed the questionable character popping up in sinister spots he definitely shouldn’t be.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince fans will long debate over whether Professor Slughorn is good or bad, but he certainly helped Voldemort along the way.
Sir Michael Gambon
In 2004 film Layer Cake, Gambon played crime lord Eddie Temple. A property developer and international investor, he held power in the real world, too.
What else is in the cinemas over the next week
When four teenagers joyride their way to a festival, the car ends up colliding with another during a storm, and the group are left to escape from a dangerous ravine.
The Old Man & The Gun
After escaping from prison at the ripe age of 70, Forrest Tucker picks up his old tricks and conducts a series of heists, leaving the authorities perplexed.
A young boy is sent to a mysterious and creepy boarding school after a bizarre fascination with his deceased grandmother. Expect jump-scares aplenty.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Halloween goes from being one night of fun to an eternal existence after a group of kids stumble across a magic book.