King of Thieves


Review: Based on the Hatton Garden robbery in London’s jewelry district, a group of retired crooks pull off a multi-million pound jewellery heist.
Director: James Marsh
Actors: Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox, Jim Broadbent, Francesca Annis, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, Martha Howe-Douglas, Paul Whitehouse, Kellie Shirley, Keely Cat Wells, Ann Akin, Marian Lorencik and Deborah Rock
Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama and Thriller
Conclusion: 3/5
A true story which happened in 2015, although I honestly have to say that I have got no recollection of this happening. Apparently this is not the only film that has been made about the Hatton Garden robbery. The others are Hatton Garden; the Heist (2016), The Hatton Garden Job (2017) and also Hatton Garden (2019) (TV Mini-Series) staring Timothy Spall. There is also going to be another TV Series with Timothy Spall in called The Hatton Garden Heist. There is no date for this yet and it is just in pre-production. From the same director who directed The Mercy (2018) and also The Theory of Everything (2014). I did show this at my local Cinema in the Hall and it was apparently a sell out but helped enormously by the fantastic cast. When Michael Caine is on the screen you find yourself not being able to take your eyes of him he is so watchable. It is lovely to see Jim Broadbent playing such a nasty character. His roles are always so gentle, especially in the Bridget Jones films (2001, 2004, 2016). Ray Winstone, who plays Danny Jones, went to school with the real Danny Jones. After this film was made, on March 15, 2019, Michael Seed was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court, of conspiracy to burgle, having being identified as “Basil”. At the end of the film it stated that Basil was never found. The problem I found was that I didn’t quite know what the director wanted to achieve with this film or whether make it a drama or documentary or both. The cast list is fantastic but the story itself is somewhat lacking. 


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