Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Good Thief (2002)

Synopsis: Motley band of loveable crooks plan big casino heist. Gee, that’s original. Yup...very original

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Sexy, stylish, violent, The Good Thief tells of compulsive gambler Bob Montagnet (Nick Nolte: The Thin Red Line, The Hulk), as he plans the heist of his life – a priceless collection of art from the world-class Casino Riviera in Monte Carlo.” 

What Did I Learn?: Apparently, it’s relatively easy to kick a heroin habit if you have to clear your mind for a big job. 

Really?: 1) See: “What Did I Learn?”  Seriously, why make Bob (Nolte) a drug addict? It doesn’t add anything to the plot, and it seems highly unlikely that such a master criminal would engage in such self-destructive behaviour. 2) So, wait – Bob sells a phony Picasso to a gangster to raise some working capital for the big job. Gee...what did he *think* would happen next? 3) Hmm...if Paolo is out of the picture, wouldn’t Philippa make arrangements for one of her other colleagues to turn the spider-infested gas crank? 4) Apparently, French people are still embarrassed when Johnny Hallyday's name is mentioned.

Rating: The Good Thief is a slow-moving, but mostly enjoyable caper drama featuring Nolte on the exotic French Riviera. Still, I could have done without all of that damned techno music. 7/10 stars.

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