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Army of Thieves (2021)

Action | Comedy | Crime
Rayting:   6.4/10 50K votes
Language: English | French
Release date: October 29, 2021

A prequel, set before the events of Army of the Dead, which focuses on German safecracker Ludwig Dieter leading a group of aspiring thieves on a top secret heist during the early stages of the zombie apocalypse.

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Tweetienator 21 November 2021

That's what we needed, a prequel to one of the worst big production zombie movies and major disappointments in years (I should add that I like Snyder's remake of Dawn of the Dead a lot) - Army of Thieves is at best a mediocre heist movie, and as a zombie movie a fail like Army of the Dead. Who wants this? Who finances such a idea? It looks like these days every (crap) idea gets produced because some pay channel needs new "content" to lobotomize the audience to brain dead mode.

ops-52535 1 November 2021

The plot far too plantastic, or made of plastic, its made for the one who have the ability to switch of every rational thinking, or just for, what plain people call breadheads, cause this is far too superfantastic fiction that even worse than mission impossible. If you like the guts of an old safes lockmechanism, or just admire beautiful safe doors, then see it, for the rest its just a head over heels plot of utopian crime, and all the reasons for me to say so is a 355 list of remarks why much of this is inevitablly impossible. The list can be obtained if you send me a thumbs up.

No this was daft, average acted amphetaminethriller on steroids. It has some speed of development and tension, but the cool stuff is blown away on stupid jokes and elementary scriptglitches. Also a evaluation of the cast could be a good idea if they sequelize it further on to salvage the safe that where dumped on the sea in the start of the film...productionwise its not a bad flick, and cams and editing do raise a bit of caracter of craftmanship

i may be grumpy and old, but this was like being profoundly in love with a pandoras box to view, its macho made but with a boyscout cubs outcome.

cricketbat 17 November 2021

I wasn't expecting much from Army of Thieves, but I ended up liking this prequel spin-off more than I liked Army of the Dead. The characters are what really make this movie enjoyable. Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, and the rest of the gang have good chemistry & entertaining dialogue. And while it does seem strange to have a zombie apocalypse NOT be the center of your story, this film was still a fun ride.

jdesando 7 November 2021

"I'm the woman who's going to change your life forever." Gwen (Natalie Emmanuel)

A heist with a touch of zombie and many laughs is my kind of heist. In fact, Army of Thieves, a prequel written by Zach Snyder to his Army of the Dead, has few of the undead and more good humor coupled with three famous, challenging safes.

If you are a lover of heist movies, you'll be satisfied with how safe-cracker but heist-newbie Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighofer, also director), the cheese-and-cucumber eating nerd from Army of the Dead, is engaged by Gwen (see quote above) to help crack Hans Wagner's (Christian Steyer) trilogy of unbreachable Ring Cycle safes: Das Rheingold, the Valkyrie, and the Siegfried (you get the Wagner connection and the mock-heroic spin as you may remember the more serious underground safe-cracking game in Fight Club).

Dieter's suspenders-over turtlenecks are only one of the many clues that we are in for unconventional fun with a most-unlikely hero. The three segments of the film are obvious, and the humor comes partly because small-town bank clerk Dieter has no criminal experience and partly because of the inept French police, headed by Delacroix (Jonathan Cohen). Further spicing the plot are love interests for each man, Gwen (She offers him a "life less ordinary") and Beatrix (Noemie Nakai) respectively.

Given the distracting women, it's a wonder the heist actually comes off. But it does with charm. Naïve and uncool Dieter is an ace at cracking safes and handles the usual heist disruptions with fear and competence, even the last safe with 72 trillion possible combinations. He's a first-rate tumbler listener.

Army of Thieves is as good a takeoff on heist movies as you will see this year. So, chuckle to know that combining suspense with humor is alive and well on Netflix.

Calicodreamin 1 November 2021

Not bad but not great either, very meh. The safecracking is repetitive and the police chasing was lazy. The movie tried to be self aware but it didn't work. The team lacked chemistry and acting was only okay. Only good thing going is stunning visuals.

blanche-2 1 December 2021

This is good fun, and part of a series of films. I've only seen this one so far. This is a prequel to Army of the Dead.

Army of Thieves introduces us to a bank teller, Sebastian (Matthias Schweighöfer), whose obsession is safe combinations. He practices at home seeing how fast he can open a lock.

Sebastian has a YouTube video about the great locksmith Hans Wagner. Wagner created four impenetrable vaults, named after the Ring Cycle: Siegfried , Die Walküre, Das Rheingold, and Götterdämmerung.

No one knows where Gotterdammerung is, but a young woman named Gwendoline (Nathalie Emmanuel) is impressed by Sebastian's video and wants him to join her in cracking Siegfried, Die Walkure, and Das Rheingold. He agrees.

He then joins Gwendoline and her gang, Korina (Ruby O. Free), Brad (Stuart Martin), and Rolph (Guz Khan). A frustrated detective Delacroix (Jonathan Cohen) and Beatrix (Noemie Nakai) are after them, but the crooks keep beating them. Meanwhile Sebastian (who later changes his name to Ludwig Dieter) is successful in opening the first two safes and stealing a great deal of money.

For Sebastian, it's the challenge; for Gwendoline, it's making history. The money is secondary.

When they reach the third safe, trouble brews. As bad as it gets, Gwendoline's jealous boyfriend Brad makes the situation even worse.

Very enjoyable film, with an excellent performance by Schweighofer as a man who leads a dull and somewhat lonely life and is introduced to danger and adventure by Gwendoline.

The entire cast is excellent.

In Army of the Dead, which was actually made first, a group goes after the Gotterdammerung during a zombie apocalypse in Las Vegas. The zombie apocalypse is going on during Army of Thieves as well. I can't give anything else away, but if you come across these films, see Army of Thieves first.

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