Thick as Thieves 2009

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(22) IMDb 6/10
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Keith Ripley, a cool calculating master thief who lives by the Thieves' Code: do the job, watch your partner's back, don't hold out, and never co-operate with the cops. Unfortunately, his former partner didn't live by that code. He sang to the cops and now he's dead, killed by the Russian mob.

Starring:
Tom Hardy, Antonio Banderas
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Thick as Thieves

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Crime
Director Mimi Leder
Starring Tom Hardy, Antonio Banderas
Supporting actors Robert Forster, Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell, Rade Serbedzija
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman star in this caper flick that tries to be somewhere between Ocean's Eleven and Lucky Number Slevin. It's the story of two thieves trying to take down an impossible score whilst under threat from nasty Russian mobsters. All is not that simple, and someone is being played. But who?

The two leads acquit themselves well, though never really hit the highs that both are capable of. The script is workmanlike and delivers all the necessary, though you feel it could have been tightened up a bit (especially the final 10-15 minutes or so, which feel oddly tacked on). Direction is similarly OK, but nothing special. In all it's a servicable crime caper flick, but doesn't really manage to make a huge impression. Undemanding inoffensive fare, 3 stars.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. F. Gilby on 9 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
My mum picked this one up at the rental store and we gave it a go, watching it last night. The story is about a famous thief played by the ever excellent Morgan Freeman recuiting handsome Antonio Banderas to steal eggs to give it back to a nasty Russian guy. While planning their steal, Banderas enjoys some loving from Freeman's goddaughter Rahah Mitchell while hiding a shocking twist that will come out sooner than later. Slick, fast-pacing, lots of twist and a great ending makes this movie a good watch. Freeman and Banderas fit just right as the thieves while Mitchell is okay as the love intrest. Recommened if you like a good story, shocking twists and any of the leads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
This is one of those crime thrillers that screams, "See how clever I am." You know from the mild beginning twists to expect more plot twists. The game I played was "How many twists can you identify?"

Famous art thief Ripley (Morgan Freeman) recruits jewel thief Gabriel Martin (Antonio Banderas) to help him pull an impossible heist. Gabriel falls for Alexandra (Radha Mitchell) a friend of Ripley's. Meanwhile Lt. Weber (Robert Forster) is investigating Ripley, knowing he is going to rob a rich Russian living in NYC.

The film moved quickly and kept me entertained. I enjoyed the acting and the dialouge with its innuendos. It is light enough of a crime thriller for the ladies to enjoy. The characters remind you, "Don't assume anything."

Parental Guide: Brief F-bombs, sex, and nudity, but not excessive. Each in itself might constitute a PG-13 rating but collectively they would get an "R." Was that Banderas' naked butt in that love scene or a body double? I am guessing a double.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Egan on 21 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Morgan chose his accomplice in the first place - he must like complications!!! Popcorn movie, but you have to swich off your brain. Harmless fun and certainly not the worse movie you will watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
This is a so-so heist movie though not really in the Rififi class. The target is an interesting challenge, the key plot twists are neat (though may not help post-film believability), but I found the acting a bit pedestrian; no-one broke a sweat. The female lead seemed to be in a perpetual bad mood. It desperately needed to up the tension and to make us care about the characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shonagh Simmonds on 20 April 2009
Format: DVD
this was a hackneyed pile of rubbish with lame acting cheap production values and predictable twist.It looked like it had been made for T.V did it have a cinema release?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. O'Leary on 19 Mar 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Although Morgan Freeman works hard and is supported by a passable performance by Antonio Banderas (along with an unhappy looking Robert Forster), he is unable to rescue this film entirely from it's daft script and poor directing. Although it is quite an enjoyable story, any viewer will be constantly groaning as they watch.

For starters are the empty threats Freeman often makes to Banderas not to engage in any romantic shenanigans with his god-daughter (Radha Mitchell). Whether he finds them talking in the street, drinking in a nightclub, or even in bed together, he just repeats his stern warning. Talk about having a bark worse than your bite. Then there's the nightclub frequented by the film's characters; while the same Tatu song appears to be played endlessly, Radha seduces Antonio with her dancing. She looks like a aged, drunken aunt at a family wedding, and is just as sexy - Uma Thurman she ain't. Next there are problems with the heist itself, we are led to believe it was meticulously planned, but it seems to rely on an awful lot of luck; one particular problem with a voice activated security device is overcome with one of the most lazy plot devices I can remember. Finally, the ending is particularly clumsy; the tie-ups for the twists don't work, and when you think the film IS finally finished, were back to the nightclub to listen to Tatu again! References in the movie to heist classics such as Topkapi don't help either.

Good points? well, it is still an entertaining story which does manage to conjure up some excitement in a couple of scenes, and Morgan Freeman's performance is still strong; even though he never does actually tear Banderas a new one for messing with his god-daughter, you always believe he will.

The Blu-Ray presentation is also a little disappointing ; although the image quality is superb, the sound is only DD 5.1, and for a modern Blu-Ray release that's not good enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This is a strange one. The cast is admirable enough, the story is very clever in parts and the director an experienced professional who has delivered very good movies before - yet somehow, "Thick As Thieves" just doesn't work.

The idea on paper of Banderas and Freeman working together is probably what got this made - the reality of it is that there's very little chemistry between them - they come across as misfits instead of matches.

It does work between Banderas and the lovely/sexy Radha Mitchell and its also fab to see Robert Forster in any movie. But when you think of the sheer electricity that Freeman and Jack Nicholson generated in "The Bucket List", you realise that there's something's seriously amiss here. It's also known as "The Code" in the States - and you know you're in trouble when they can't even settle on a name...

The Blu Ray picture is exceptional in places (when Freeman and Banderas plan the heist in the bar - close up on their faces), but only OK in other places (the NYPD reception in the jewellers). There's a "Making Of" that consists of the crew shooting segments (mostly outdoors) where Freeman looks bored all the time and Banderas gets eyed up by everyone - there's also a few cast interviews that are OK, but hardly great.

Three stars. A rental I'm afraid.
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