Chris Allen’s review published on Letterboxd:
Why do we root for the bad guys to succeed sometimes? How can a film present criminals pulling a heist, and yet it always seems that, for a moment, we hope for their success?
Den of Thieves plays out like the grungier version of HEAT. Both of the groups of players are here, however the film plays them both as bad/good, and for every terrible or law-breaking thing our "bad" guys pull, there's a similar act done by our "heroes". I really enjoyed the edge this one had on me, with a lot of surprises, and it came to a very satisfying conclusion.
Finally, has Gerard Butler ever been bad in anything? From Phantom to Leonidas to Angel, he always delivers!