An uncompromising thriller in 1980s Chicago that will grip you
- Thief review by Philip in Paradiso
This is a very good thriller in the tradition of the genre. Frank (James Caan) is surprisingly plausible as a highly professional jewel thief who wants to settle down in life after one last big 'score': his aim is to leave his trade and start a family. All seems to go according to plan, at first at any rate.
The movie combines moments of intense and violent action with dialogues. The characters feel real and complex. Frank is an unlikely hero: in some ways, he is not a particularly appealing individual, and he is prone to violence. The film also shows, in a vivid way, how the criminal underworld and organized crime work: no one works independently, and the 'fence' plays a crucial role in such a criminal ecosystem.
The music seemed intrusive and exceedingly loud at times but, apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, which I recommend.
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