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Righteous Thieves review: Likeable cast strives to save formulaic caper

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Who doesn’t love a heist movie? righteous thief Definitely hits his shots. Steven Soderbergh’s reboot trilogy of the original film was so good it’s now got a Ryan Gosling-led prequelLyrics of , But back to the Lionsgate release, which is now in select theatres, digital and on demand. The title says it all: a well-meaning ragtag crew of scoundrels out to put their moves to work for a good cause.

righteous thief is directed by Anthony Nardolillo (7th and Union, Shine) and is written by Michael Corcoran in his screenplay debut. There are some familiar faces in the ensemble cast, including Cam Gigandet (violent night, without remorse), Jania Lee Ortiz (Station 19, Girls Trip), Lisa Vidal (Grey’s Anatomy, Being Mary Jane), Carlos Miranda (The Bling Ring, Warrior), Benjamin Schnau (Mark, Current War) and the Danube Hermosillo (Shameless, The Bold And The Beautiful, like style-mashing cocaine bear, righteous thief Many different vowels have the same bit: Work, Drama, Thriller. But the end result falls short.

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Familiar Tropes of a Professional Heist

Annabel (Lisa Vidal) is the leader of a secret organization dedicated to recovering priceless artwork. We watch as she quickly assembles a ragtag crew of art thieves to recover a Monet, Picasso, Degas, and Van Gogh stolen by the Nazis during WWII and now owned by neo-Nazi billionaire oligarch Otto Huizen (Brian Cousins ) is in possession of. Others drafted are second-in-command Eddie (Carlos Miranda), hacker Lucille (Jaina Lee Ortiz), safe-cracker Nadia (Sasha Mercy), and “Muscle” Bruno (Cam Gigandet). Where is the basis of righteous thief is fairly straightforward and lacks any mind twists and turns along the way towards the end. Sure, there’s betrayal here and there. And art fanatics will love the references to Monet, Degas, Picasso, and Van Gogh, as their paintings are the subject of this heist, Missing since World War II,

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The paintings are now in the possession of German venture capitalist Otto Huizen (Brian Cousins). There was a missed opportunity to make a scene-stealing villainous turn – my mind goes to Christoph Waltz-status à la Inglourious Basterds, Gigandet gets some juicy lines as a shady, last-minute addition to the crew of thieves, but that’s about it in terms of the layered bad-guy types in the film overall.

as previously stated, righteous thief exhibits components of different film genres, but none of them are sufficient. There could have been more action and sooner rather than a fruitless showdown – especially as a planned heist approaches, and loyalties are tested when the crew discover the real reason behind Annabel’s search for a long-lost painting. Learns (without giving too much away).

A likable and diverse cast can’t save the caper


The film’s Extravaganza co-star Ortiz recently told MovieWeb that she was looking forward to joining the cast. righteous thief So that he can “work together.” [producer] Jolene Rodriguez, who is a champion for our community and Latinos in the film. And in this industry, she has a mindset of, ‘I’m going to find a way to create opportunity for my people, my community.’ And that’s the only way we’re going to continue to grow in this business. It’s one of those things where it’s really rare to find a predominantly Latino and producer and director role. And so, you know, if nobody gives us those opportunities, who will actually create them, unless we start? So, 100% Jolene Rodriguez was the one who said, ‘I don’t care what the movie is about. I don’t care what my character is. I want to work with I want to keep moving the needle.'”

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The film truly champions Latinos on the big screen, and I’m excited to see what projects Ortiz and her co-stars tackle next. In the meantime, righteous thief Perhaps a stepping-stone to a more substantial film that gives him more to work with on both the character and plot fronts. When the break-in, the film’s centerpiece at the end, takes place, there are no notable twists or complications other than expected – just a generic confrontation between the protagonist and various security guards. And as stated earlier, there are very few fight scenes of any kind. But it’s fun to watch Ortiz kick it here and there.

Pop and hip-hop fans will eat up the soundtrack featuring a range of hits by well-known artists, but even that music can’t necessarily save righteous thief, The caper ends on a high note with the possibility of a sequel – aka future heist for justice – that may never come. With more dynamic characters and clever twists and turns along the way, Lionsgate’s Latest release could set the stage for a new one ocean 11-type franchise with more diverse and exciting characters.

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