Thief ★★★½

Michael Mann knows how to stage professionals at work. James Caan and Jim Belushi are as virtuosic with their safecracking tools as a violinist is with her violin. They work together as precisely as an orchestra brings compositions to life. They handle their crooked deals with the smoothness of slick stockbrokers – as if the world was their oyster and they were accountable to no one and nothing. But that says more about Wall Street than the behavior of a handful of gangsters.

Their incredible coolness seems to come not from their skills, but from the metropolis of New York City itself. But without the lights of the city they would be nothing – just some guys who like to hear themselves talk, but to whom nobody listens.

THIEF is an aesthetically impressive film about the "one last job" that added practically nothing new to the genre, even in 1981.


(watched as part of the 6th Annual Letterboxd Season Challenge: 2020-21 - Tangerine (Dream) Week)