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KING OF THIEVES (18)

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King of Thieves sees Michael Caine lead a group of geri­atric crim­i­nals, in­clud­ing Ray Win­stone and Paul White­house, in this retelling of the very real Hat­ton Gar­den safe de­posit bur­glary that took place in the UK. Psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller Ac­ci­dent fi­nally ar­rives and Board­ing School

ramps up the creepi­ness just in time for Hal­loween.

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

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