From the mind of Zack Snyder comes the Netflix action-comedy ‘Army of Thieves.’ It is directed by Matthias Schweighöfer and based on a screenplay by Shay Hatten.
Sebastian Schlencht-Wöhnert (Matthias Schweighöfer) is living a mundane life as a banker and hosts a less-than-popular YouTube channel discussing safecracking. He gets invited to a safecracker tournament that he wins. He is then approached by Gwendoline Starr (Nathalie Emmanuel), a master thief working with sharpshooter Brad Cage (Stuart Martin), hacker Korina Dominguez (Ruby O. Fee), and getaway driver Rolph (Guz Khan). They want to rob three legendary safes full of money while a zombie apocalypse is distracting law enforcement. They are tracked by Interpol agents Delacroix (Jonathan Cohen) and Beatrix (Noémie Nakai) who are following them in order to stop them.
Well, I was right about one thing. I predicted that this movie would be better than the one it is a prequel to, Army of the Dead. That was true. Despite the “based on a story by” credit that Snyder gets, you can tell a different person in the director’s chair. The characters actually have development, it does not rely on pretty visuals to cover up plot holes, and the story actually has a competent ending.
As for the acting, it was well-done. Everyone certainly puts their best foot forward and delivers their lines like they give a care. No one had anything standout, but I will say that Nathalie Emmanuel always impresses me. She certainly knows how to act and has a tremendous amount of talent.
Of course, the movie has to shove in the myth of a toxic male. Granted, most male characters are criminals, but still. With the exception of Sebastion aka Dieter, who definitely gave male feminist vibes, all of the men were “toxic.” We get it Hollywood. You are trying to say “time’s up” or whatever. Time to find a new note. It’s starting to become a one-trick pony.
As for the plot, it held my attention, but barely. It tries to play off the action-comedy heist genre but compared to what previous films did well, this one did average. A lot of the humor relied on Sebastian engaging in screaming and while it had a few chuckles, it got old really fast. That being said, the plot did have its strong moments of action with solid sequences and the overall search for the vaults was excellent.
Bottom line, if I could sum up Army of Thieves, I would say it was average. It has some good sequences and an interesting plot, but falls back on too many tired Hollywood tropes, offering nothing new.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Oh cool, like a spy movie, huh? Shut up!
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Some violence, Suggestive themes
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