KING OF THIEVES (15)

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★★★★★

THIS drama­ti­sa­tion of the 2015 Hat­ton Gar­den safety de­posit box rob­bery of­fers an ex­ple­tive-laden ver­sion of events.

Con­sid­er­ing the rich source ma­te­rial and an Os­car-cal­i­bre cast, di­rec­tor James Marsh’s film is cu­ri­ously de­void of sus­pense or en­gag­ing char­ac­ters.

Ca­reer crim­i­nal Brian Reader (Sir Michael Caine) is dev­as­tated by the death of his wife, who made him promise he would “stay out of mis­chief” when she was gone.

He com­mis­er­ates in the com­pany of friends and as­so­ciates in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal wizard Basil (Char­lie Cox), who hopes to per­suade Brian to lead a dar­ing heist.

Basil claims to have in­sider knowl­edge about the se­cu­rity sys­tem and lay­out of the Hat­ton Gar­den Safe De­posit Ltd, which holds mil­lions of pounds in cash and un­cut di­a­monds in its vault.

Brian con­sid­ers break­ing his promise to his wife as he chats with as­so­ciates Terry Perkins (Jim Broad­bent), John Kenny Collins (Sir Tom Courte­nay) and Danny Jones (Ray Win­stone), who urge the vet­eran thief to lis­ten to Basil be­cause, “If you don’t have a go, some­one else will”.

The men start their re­con­nais­sance and in­volve an­other friend, Carl Wood (Paul White­house), plus a fence called Billy “The Fish” Lin­coln (Sir Michael Gam­bon), who will shift any jewellery and gems through his un­der­ground net­work.

King Of Thieves strug­gles to pick­pocket our un­di­vided at­ten­tion for 108 min­utes.

Sir Michael Caine and Ray Win­stone

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