Den Of Thieves (15)



Thriller (2018)
140mins US

Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, 50 Cent, O'Shea Jackson Jr
Director: Christian Gudegast
Writer(s): Christian Gudegast
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Ex-con Ray Merrimen and his crew bungle the robbery of an armoured truck outside a petrol station, where two unsuspecting police guards have made a pit-stop for coffee and doughnuts. Hard-drinking detective Nick O'Brien is assigned to the case with his posse of police reprobates comprising Benny, Gus, Murph and Tony Z. They suspect Merrimen's involvement and begin surveillance, just as their prime suspect secretly unveils plans for the theft of 30 million US dollars from the Federal Reserve.

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Den Of Thieves (15)

According to the opening sequence of writer-director Christian Gudegast's retread of the superior 1995 thriller Heat, Los Angeles is the bank theft capital of the world, notching up a robbery every 48 minutes. It takes considerably longer than 96 minutes to carry out the two explosive heists that bookend Den Of Thieves, a bullet-riddled yarn of rule-bending cops and taunting criminals that lacks the lip-smacking promise of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino's first shared screen time, or the nervous energy of Michael Mann's direction. Instead, Gudegast's picture plays out its bruising battle of criminal enterprise versus rough justice using the permanent glower of Canadian actor Pablo Schreiber and the hulking physicality of Paisley-born action man Gerard Butler. Sadly, the latter can't maintain a firm grasp on his American accent and unexpectedly gifts his corrupt Los Angeles sheriff a fleeting Scottish burr...

Den Of Thieves. Copyright: 2017 STX Financing, LLC. Caption: Gerard Butler as Detective Nick O'Brien and Mo McRae as Detective Gus Henderson in Den Of Thieves, directed by Christian Gudegast. Photo: Daniel McFadden. All Rights Reserved.Heat isn't the only influential 1990s thriller plundered by Gudegast, who engineers at least one narrative twist that feels like a cheat in hindsight. None of the men on screen, including those brandishing police badges, play by the rules. Nor does the puppet master behind the lens. There's no honour among thieves and only a modicum between this filmmaker and his wrong-footed audience. A risible coda suggests that if enough people fall for the sleight of hand, Gudegast isn't finished with the dubious deception.

Ex-con Ray Merrimen (Schreiber) and his crew bungle the robbery of an armoured truck outside a petrol station, where two unsuspecting police guards have made a pit-stop for coffee and doughnuts. "We're cop killers now," laments Merrimen, aiming that jibe at trigger-happy getaway driver Donnie (O'Shea Jackson Jr), whose nervous actions could have dire consequences for muscle man Levi (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), surveillance expert Bosco (Evan Jones) and technical wizard Mack (Cooper Andrews). Hard-drinking detective Nick O'Brien (Butler) is assigned to the case with his posse of police reprobates comprising Benny (Maurice Compte), Gus (Mo McRae), Murph (Brian Van Holt) and Tony Z (Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau). They suspect Merrimen's involvement and begin surveillance, just as their prime suspect secretly unveils plans for the theft of 30 million US dollars from the Federal Reserve in downtown Los Angeles. As hunters and prey circle each other, Nick contends with his self-imploding marriage to spirited wife Debbie (Dawn Olivieri).

Den Of Thieves celebrates tribalism between morally bankrupt men on both sides of the law. Butler and muscular co-stars engage in competitive macho posturing, building to a climactic shootout that is starved of tension despite some frenetic editing. The ponderous script tosses out glib one-liners like, "People with things to hide don't have much to say". Writer-director Gudegast's heavily armed film has plenty to say with a vocabulary of bullets, grenades and furrowed brows.

- Jo Planter

Den Of Thieves. Copyright: 2017 STX Financing, LLC. Caption: Gerard Butler as Detective Nick O'Brien and Mo McRae as Detective Gus Henderson in Den Of Thieves, directed by Christian Gudegast. Photo: Daniel McFadden. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
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- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
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- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maghera, Movie House Maghera
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York
From Friday 23rd February
To Thursday 1st March

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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