Rating (3 out of 5) – Score reflect grabbing my wife’s attention.
Summary: I turned on “Army of Thieves” to be on in the background while we cleaned up after the day after Thanksgiving. Before I know it, my wife and sister-in-law are watching the movie, sucked in. The main character Ludwig (Matthias Schweighöfer), is innocent and quirky, making him easy to follow. Also, the idea of breaking into safes that are more art than science is romantic. There are beautiful elements of the movie.
By the last paragraph, you could infer that this is a must-watch. Unfortunately, this suffers from many of the same elements as “Army of the Dead.” Let’s start with the most major grievance. I could buy into the whole thief masterminds and break into heavily guarded safes throughout Europe. However, when pulling off the last heist, we all forget to turn off the GPS, which is how they are tracked down. Sweet niblets. Yo, writers, figure out a better way to move from point A to point B.
The whole last section film is disastrous. Running at 2 hours and 7 minutes, the movie pauses too often for love. We didn’t need that. The motivation of leaving your mark and pulling off a master heist as a legacy was actually more compelling. Additionally, the bad guy was our own team, rather than focusing on making the heist the goal. Had we maintained that focus, “Armey of Thieves” would have been a better movie.
When the movie concentrated on Ludwig and safecracking, this is was a great film. Overall, though
Plot: A prequel to “Amry of the Dead,” Ludwig is recruited by Gwendoline (Nathalie Emmanuel) to perform a heist of the world’s toughest safes.