|The Thieves (2012)|
|Writers:||Choi Dong-hun and Lee Gi-cheol|
|Starring:||Kim Yoon-seok, Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hye-soo, and Gianna Jun|
There are two things that you can often count on when dealing with modern South Korean cinema. I mean this with no ill will, but those things are A) convoluted plots and B) excessively long running times. While the convoluted plots aren’t always guaranteed, when you sit down to watch a South Korean film you had better have at least two hours set aside. As far as these overly intricate plots go, this is the nature of the beast when it comes to heist movies. So, in that regard, any of these pains that are felt within The Thieves almost seem forgivable in comparison, especially considering the pace of the movie. Truly, despite clocking in at two hours, this movie runs by at a breeze. The entertainment factor is at an alltime high upon each and every turn. From the very humorous characterizations of the cast to the rather ridiculous moments of humorous tension, The Thieves proves to be a classically developed piece of raucous fun. The length of South Korean films is always an issue amongst Asian film fans though. For the record, I am no different. Although I have nothing against a movie running long if it is necessary, but within the SK market even romantic comedies hit the two hour or better mark. Similar to the way that the heist genre calls for a dense plot, The Thieves also generally warrants its length. With all of the various locales, the different cultures being implemented into the script, and the very complicated robberies being unfurled, this is a movie that feels huge. Its time length only accommodates that.