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Den of Thieves (Blu-ray) review

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Plot

A gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff?s Department and the state?s most successful bank robbery crew as they plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of Downtown Los Angeles.

My Thoughts

Have you ever watched a movie that has so much potential, but the writer/director just can?t see the proper path forward? That?s exactly what we have here. This had all of the elements to be a great caper movie, but it ultimately failed on so many levels it became frustrating to watch.

It starts off with a bang with a robbery and theft of an armored car which leaves a couple of people dead and the police scratching their head as to why it was done. As you?ll find out, this is the first of a long chain of events that will lead to the ultimate score. Unfortunately, there?s too many speed bumps along the way that ruin the experience. First, the film is much too long at 140 minutes. Second, the editing is atrocious. At least 6 full-length scenes could have been cut and improved the film, instead, they just distract you from the overarching story. Examples of this include the prom scene and any reference to Gerard Butler?s home life.

Video 4.5/5 (AVC)

Audio 4.5/5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Special Features:

- Alternate Ending

- Alpha Males ? The cast describes how the tough characters in the film blur the lines between the good guys and the bad guys.

- Into the Den ? Director Christian Gudegast and the cast describe the two brotherhoods within the film, the renegades and the outlaws, and their unique sets of skills.

- Alameda Corridor ? The cast and director discuss filming the intense scene that take place on the streets of L.A. and the extensive weapons training it took to film it.

- Outtakes and Deleted Scenes

- Commentary with Director Christian Gudegast and Producer Tucker Tooley

- Den of Thieves Theatrical Cut

- Blu-ray + DVD + UV Digital Copy

Conclusion

I really like certain aspect of this film. It had elements of a smart script, some great action scenes, and a host of good actors. Unfortunately, the directing and editing missed their mark and what we ended up with was a mediocre caper film that had the potential to be so much more.


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