If a can of Monster Energy Drink could become sentient and direct a 140-minute long ode to "Heat" and the opening heist from "The Dark Knight," the resulting film would probably look a lot like "Den of Thieves." I dare say 2018 won't be able to top the guilty pleasure of Gerard Butler's bad lieutenant waltzing into a crime scene and eating a blood-covered box of doughnuts, and the shootouts are undeniably impressive.
For better (and/or for worse) this is the "Heat" of the 10s. There is a lot of important filmmaking moments here. Even if there are some overdone editing shots/sequences it has more quality than lack of. This could be a Heat 2.0. (with a twist). (cont.)
Den of Thieves is a solid cop thriller and heist film that rises above the usual action film mediocrity of Hollywood. Independently produced, the film has the slow burn sleaziness of a 70s crime thriller with the combat scenes of an 80s action picture. Den of Thieves is a satisfying crime picture and shows great promise from its talent in front of and behind the camera if they continue in this vein.
Like if Heat was remade by people who only played the gta 5 missions based on Heat. Kind of a jumble of action movie tropes, but keeps pace and has some exciting moments. Stay for gerard butler attempting to outcrazy al pacino.
After a few last awful movies, Gerard Butler did a decent job in Den of Thieves, a movie which seems ok at first look but unfortunately failed to impress me that much.
I wanted more of that intense shootout seen in the first minutes. Instead the most of the time is spent on useless moments, bad dialogues and dull characters. And the runtime is over 2hrs, way too much for what this movie achived in the end. 5.75/10