Den of Thieves A Gerard Butler power packed punch
Alright folks, it’s movie time once again. Yes, on this February weekend I decided to head for the theater to check out the latest releases, and in between getting spoiled for choices, I decided to go for Den of Thieves. Not just only because, I love action packed thrillers, and this being a powerful action filled heist movie promising to keep you on the edge of your seats on a Saturday afternoon with coke and popcorn, but also because the movie is spearheaded by Gerard Butler. Yes, I am a fan of Gerard Butler and his big screen presence in every movie, the best or the worst. Gerard Butler can draw crowds to the theater like many of his worthy counterparts, and yes he drew me too, and then introduced me to the great cast of this movie, known and unknown faces, including 50 Cents and O’ Shea Jackson, and the movie became entertaining in every way, trust me. And it will be a shame not to write on this one, a film which is way different than your average run of the mill action flicks.
Into the den of thieves A sneak review
This is Director Christian Gudegast’s debut venture, and he carried it out in quite a smart fashion. He tried to create a classic heist movie with it’s fair share of thrills, chills, suspense, drama, twists. And that he got Gerard Butler to spearhead things in this one, made his job relatively easier. Ok, so let’s get a look at the story line of this one.
Gerard Butler plays a tough no nonsense Sheriff of the LAPD Major Crimes unit, Nick O’Brien. He is a bit different than his fellow counterparts in the department, in the way that he is an action man rather than going by the books and paperwork man. He swears, is a heavy drinker, have serious woman problems, regular strip joints visitor, handles family matters shabbily, but loves his daughters very much, and occasionally breaks down when he messes things up at home. But he is a fully focused, passionate, hot on chase and hard hitting bad ass police officer who will leave nothing till he gets his man, meaning he is tough as hell. And he heads a similar unit of fellow bad ass cops who are in a constant battle with hardened criminals in their area who are bank robbers. The story set in LA, being the bank robbery capital of the world as the opening credits let us know that, is a heist story, and it is natural that we are dealing with a bunch of hardened criminals, a team of ex military personnel, headed by Merriman, played by Pablo Schreiber, including Donnie, played by O’Shea Jackson Junior, and Enson, played by guess who, 50 Cent !!!
The movie starts with a huge shootout sequence for some quite time between heavily armored robbers and security personnel from the Crimes Unit of LAPD at the dinner store. This is an absolutely no nonsense shooting sequence to set the tone of the movie right from the start giving you the message what to expect moving on. The result of this shooting was the robbery of an empty armored vehicle by Merriman and his thugs.
While investigating this shooting and heist of this empty armored vehicle, Nick[Gerard Butler] and his team got hold of Donnie from a local pub and brought him to a hotel. Here, giving him the baits of booze and strippers in an all night party, they held him till morning, when his interrogation starts to let them know about this heist and their future plans. Butler uses his strong arm tactics to know more about the gang, but couldn’t more out of him, particularly on what big plans they were.
Pablo and his men of robbers actually had an extravagant plan, to infiltrate the most heavily guarded muti layer secured Federal Reserve Bank’s LA branch to heist a prize catch of rejected currency.
The second half of the movie becomes more tense, with a carefully covered local bank branch attack by this robber gang and holding the bank customers hostage, with the police and FBI in a long haul outside the bank. It was Sheriff Nick’s suspicion which led him to storm this bank’s gate and going inside to find that the robber gang had already fled through an underground tunnel dug from the vault of this local bank.
Merriman and Enson were already inside the Federal Reserve in disguise of security personnel carrying money bins to trucks and driving them to their respective locations, other bank branches, on daily routine currency remittance. The entire sequence of events leading to Pablo and his partner to successfully fishing out a huge cache of rejected currency from such a heavily guarded fortress will keep your hairs raised up. While coming out of the Federal Reserve, their other co conspirator Donnie got himself located by Sheriff Nick and his team in their car and taken in. And the police team ultimately got from him the ambitious plan of the robbers of this huge heist from the Federal Reserve, and got the location of the armored truck driven by Pablo and his accomplices.
What follows is a fiery engagement in a road with heavy traffic, between Merriman and team and Nick and his fellow cops, and boy, this firefight packs a serious punch.
Trust me, you will have to carry earplugs virtually to the theater. The amazing Dolby surround sound in the theater made me sit for few minutes right there inside a fire fight with bullets flying all around you. And as expected, Pablo and his men were taken out by the never letting go Nick and his team…..while Donnie fled. And surprisingly, police didn’t find the catch, the currency which was robbed from the bankers’ bank, and that surprised us in the theater.
Wait till you hear the end, or I will leave you to find out the real nice twist in the end yourself 🙂
Gerard Butler gave an impressive performance, in his eccentricity of the character, the dark, bad ass, no nonsense cop, who loves her family, but messes up regularly and in many other ways that will surely make his fans rejoice. He is a power packed performer and has sealed his action hero or action star stature firmly with this one.
I loved the other characters too, including the robber team of Pablo[Merriman] and his team. I and everyone else at the theater had a huge laugh in a small sequence in the movie which goes like this. Enson, played by 50 Cent, plays the ever protective father to his daughter, who on fine morning invited her boyfriend to take her out. The boy landed up at the door and rang the bell, and was greeted by his girlfriend and got introduced to her mother. Then came the father and he was introduced to the boy. Enson quietly told the boy to come with him to have a friendly talk, before he could have taken out his girlfriend on the date. Enson lead the boy into another room and closed the door on the back of him to be greeted by heavy, tough, menacing looking big men, the room was filled up with them. The boy was almost visibly shaking, as Enson told him quietly how much he loved his daughter, and if anything was to happen to her, then what consequences the boy will have to endure, the same feelings explained by other members of the robber team to this shooked up teenager. The moment the boy went out of the room, the entire team burst into laughter, and so do us :):)
In another scene as you can see above, Gerard[Nick] explained to Donnie as he was in process of extracting information out of him, in a sarcastic manner, ” Do we look like cops to you who will arrest and take you to station. We will shoot and kill you first……and then paperworks”. That was something Donnie didn’t comprehend to hear from the Sheriff :):)
The Conclusion And the Verdict
This is a heist movie with hard hitting characters, tough action sequences, not over the top, but natural acting performances by a successful team of cops and robbers, and a surprising twist in the end. After Pablo was finally killed by Butler in the gun fight, many in the theater halls started leaving, thinking this was the end, but they missed out the twist in the end. Don’t make that mistake and seat till the end to find out the twist and the surprise. This is an highly enjoyable and engaging weekend action flick, not to be missed.