The movie “Den of Thieves” makes a big mistake because it tries too hard to be like an all time movie classic about bank robbery, a head police investigator and a gang of criminals. That all time classic is “Heat”, that came out in 1995, starring Al Pacino and Robert Deniro. Heat is one film that will never be topped in terms of its perfectly told story, action and behind the scenes character development, so right from the start this film, this movie goes into a wrong direction.
I have always heard that the craft of screenwriting is the most difficult of all the creative art forms and it is for good reason. One of the reasons for this is that the story has to be interesting and compelling but most importantly make plausible sense. Unfortunately, this movie makes no sense on a number of levels even to the point of where the screenwriter used the “fill in the blanks” method at the end of the film in a last ditch effort to try and educate the audience about what happened behind the scenes that we all missed. “Den of Thieves stars Gerard Butler who still seems to trying to get back to his excellent performance in “Olympus has Fallen”, released in 2013 proving once again how difficult it is to follow a huge hit like that with another movie as good.
Mainly because of the overly complex plot that mostly holds no water, I cannot recommend Den of Thieves.