FILM REVIEW: King of Thieves

King of Thieves has a veritable who's who of veteran British actors.

The real-life heist drama stars Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone, among others.

But for all that talent and big-screen experience, the film still manages to be a pretty massive let-down.

King of Thieves tells the true story of a crew of elder statesman using the Easter long weekend to burglarise a series of safety deposit boxes in Hatton Garden.

The story was huge news when it happened in the UK in 2015, and perhaps its ubiquity over there is why the film doesn't quite work here.

Caine sets up the job with his band of small-time crooks, people he's worked with in the past.

They're joined by Basil (Charlie Cox, Daredevil), an alarm specialist who knows someone with the key to the Hatton Garden space.

They put their plan in motion and set about breaking into the secure vault.

Veteran crooks: Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent star as two bank robbers in the true story of the Hatton Garden robbery, King of Thieves, rated M, in cinemas now.

Veteran crooks: Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent star as two bank robbers in the true story of the Hatton Garden robbery, King of Thieves, rated M, in cinemas now.

As one would expect, there are obstacles to overcome and personality clashes aplenty.

The performances are all good -- Caine is equal parts menacing and jaded, Cox brings a very introverted air to his character and Broadbent is deeply unhinged (he's rarely been scarier).

But somehow, despite the solid performances and the thoroughly fascinating storyline, the film just falls flat.

We don't spend enough time learning about the characters to care what happens to them, the pacing of the film is completely out of whack and at the end of the day you're left with a sense that the filmmakers want you to think King of Thieves was profound and significant without giving you any good reason to actually feel that way.

It's hard to believe that this film was helmed by one of the directors of The Night Of and was written by the creator of Mindhunter.

The trailer would have you believe King of Thieves is a jolly romp of a film,- but it's heavy, slow and unbalanced.

There are some jokey moments that are good for a chuckle, and the occasional stretch of film that comes together well (the montage of cleaning out the safety deposit boxes comes to mind, as well as the very end of the film) but overall there's little to write home about.

RATING: 5/10

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