Slow to get started as the first half of the film sets up who is who, Den
of Thieves finally kicks into gear in the second half when it becomes an
action packed heist film in the vein of Oceans 11.
Gerard Butler is in scowling action man mode as hard-drinking detective
Nick O’Brien who, after an ex-con Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) and his
crew bungle the robbery of an armoured truck, is assigned the case.
Suspecting that the gang are the ones responsible O'Brien and his motley
crew of detectives put the gang under surveillance just at a time when they
are planning to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles of $30 million.
What follows is a game of cat and mouse as each team try to outwit each
other and in the process the lines between good and evil become extremely
blurred as no one side plays by the rules.
There are striking similarities to 1995 thriller Heat and whilst it might
not be in the same class as the aforementioned film there’s enough action
and twist and turns in the story to make this an enjoyable watch.