Army of Thieves Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

You might know that I loved Army of the Dead… I know a lot of people think that movie was zombie trash, but I honestly think its one of the best zombie flicks in recent history. Full disclosure right now, this film right here could have gotten a 5 star review if it wasn’t for the fact that Army of the Dead is so amazing… This film was seriously good, but I still enjoyed Army of the Dead more, so they just couldn’t get the same score. Let’s unofficially call it 4.75 stars shall we?

I’ll be honest though, I wasn’t expecting this movie to be quite as good as that. It’s a prequel for Army of the Dead, and whilst it mentions zombies and you see the odd glimpse here and there, this is not a zombie movie… It is not a prequel for a zombie movie! What it actually is (and there’s absolutely no issue with this) is an origins movie for one of the characters in Army of the Dead… The safe-cracker!

In Army of the Dead (have you been counting how many time’s I’ve said Army of the Dead in this non-army-of-the-dead review? I feel like it’s been far too many times), Ludwig Dieter is one of the absolute standout characters… he is funny as hell and totally out of place. Anyone who doesn’t fall in love with this German clutz probably has no soul! Because of this there is no problem at all with this being an action-comedy heist movie.

We join Ludwig Dieter… Well actually we join Sebastian Schlencht-Wöhnert, but you’ll find out more about that when you watch the movie. He’s possibly the least successful YouTuber in history and leads a very bland life! That is until Gwendoline Starr enters his life. At this point things change very drastically and we go on a rollercoaster ride from mundane banker to history making safe cracker over the next 2 hours.

You’re going to laugh out loud… If you’re that way inclined, you might cry a little… You’ll feel awkward, and you’ll feel bad for the guy… But most of all you’re going to fall in love with the character of Ludwig even more.

You will even witness the most amazing punch ever committed to video!

You’ll know it when you see it!

The film does have some cool action sequences and the heists are very clever but still remain pretty believable for the most part so in that respect there’s nothing which overly stands out about the film, what makes this film as good as it is, is the cast.

We’ve already mentioned that Matthias Schweighofer players the character of Ludwig Dieter perfectly… I can’t imagine that anyone could play it better. He is joined at the head of the cast by Nathalie Emmanuel as Gwendoline, and besides being absolutely beautiful, she adds another layer of professionalism at the helm. In this movie she proves that she is an absolutely incredible actress, with great range.

Adding further to the comedy are the supporting cast, especially Guz khan as Rolph (and he’s just an incredibly funny man any way – check him out in Task Master), Stuart Martin as the absolutely ridiculous Brad Cage, Jonathan Cohen as Delacroix, the copper who you just really don’t to catch up with the gang and finally Ruby O Fee as Korina Dominguez, who incidentally whilst not being the love interest in this movie, is Schweighofer’s partner in real life.

Even though this movie was based on the characters created by Zack Snyder it was directed by Schweighofer, which I always think makes an amazing acting performance all the more amazing as they share their time across the project.

I really could keep kissing their behinds for hours about how great this film is, but I think you get the picture!

This movie is available on Netflix, and it’s worth getting the membership just so that you can watch Army of Thieves and Army of the Dead back to Back… 4 hours well spent!

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