Well Go USA
Director: Dong-Hoon Choi
Writers: Dong-Hoon Choi, Lee Gi-Cheol
Stars: Gianna Jun, Hae-suk Kim, Hye-su Kim
What they say: In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye’s old partner Macau Park, who escaped with 68kg of gold several years ago on their last job together. Macau Park brought Chinese thieves as well but little did they know what Macau Park planned for each one of them. His plan takes an unexpected turn when Popeye brings Pepsi, a genius safe-cracker and old flame of Macau Park, to settle the old score. The thieves’ target is a $20 million diamond known as ‘Tear of the Sun’, kept safely away in a casino, brought there to be sold by a notorious Chinese fence. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves. But who will succeed and live to see another day?
What I say: The heist film has been an old standby for years, all the way up to the recent Oceans remakes/sequels. But this Korean production takes this old dog and while it doesn’t learn any new tricks, it is a fun film that takes advantage of its Korean and Chinese cast. Unlike the Oceans films where we have George Clooney and his pals playing George Clooney and his pals. The characters in The Thieves are allowed the breathe and they are known by their fun names like Popeye, Chewing gum and Pepsi. The cast here is pretty stellar and everyone does a great job with their characters.
The story is pretty fun as well. It won’t win any awards for originality, it is a heist movie after all, but the characters are really fun to explore especially with the tensions between the two groups of thieves and even some of the various members. The heist its self is pretty grand and of course things go horribly wrong, secrets are revealed and there are double and triple crosses galore. The film keeps a pretty fun tone until the last half hour when things turn serious. This shift throws things off a bit but the film does come to a satisfying conclusion.
Picture quality is amazing and the sound is well done as well. This is over all a nice package and I enjoyed the experience.
The Thieves is also available on DVD.