Sunday, 1 November 2009

Film Review: THICK AS THIEVES (aka THE CODE) (2009)

Director: Mimi Leder
Running time: 104 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 15

Watched on Sky+ Sunday 1st November 2009.


Keith Ripley is a notorious art thief who has been pursued by New York cop Lt. Weber for many years without any conviction. Ripley has more recently managed to avoid going to jail with the help of his god daughter, and lawyer, Alexandra Korolenko. As you might guess, Ripley has ties with the tight knit Russian community in New York.

Gabriel Martin is a young thief from Miami who is befriended by the veteran Ripley. Now, Ripley wants Martin to help him pull of an audacious robbery on a vault containing some priceless Russian artworks. He needs to do this in order to pay off a debt owed to the Russian mob by his former partner Victor Korolenko, Alexandra’s father. After meeting Alexandra, Gabriel pursues her despite Ripley’s warnings not to do so. The mob brings Ripley and Martin to meet the boss, known as Nicky. In order to ensure they carry out the job properly, Nicky arranges for Alexandra to be his guest until the goods are in his possession. This is where it gets interesting for our crooked duo.

A quite well made film, with New York as a backdrop you can’t go too far wrong with locations. Decent performances from all of the main characters, Morgan Freeman as Keith Ripley, Antonio Banderas as Gabriel Martin, Radha Mitchell as Alexandra Korolenko and Robert Forster as Lt. Weber, although none of them were really stretched. I guess in the end, although there was a major plot twist, which I didn’t really expect I found the film a little slow paced and dull. It just needed a little more action and maybe a little less dialogue. Over all, given the quality of the cast, I expected better.

My score: 6/10

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