Thick As Thieves

  • 1999
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime

In the annals of Quentin Tarantino-style crime pictures, this offbeat revenge drama stands out from the pack. Unfortunately, the idiosyncratic behavior of its protagonists takes center stage and the plot feels like an afterthought, and it's hard to build momentum from the sidelines. Veteran bank robber Mackin (Alec Baldwin) is badgered by his Mafia connection,...read more

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In the annals of Quentin Tarantino-style crime pictures, this offbeat revenge drama stands out from the pack. Unfortunately, the idiosyncratic behavior of its protagonists takes center stage and the plot feels like an afterthought, and it's hard to build momentum from the sidelines. Veteran bank robber Mackin (Alec Baldwin) is badgered by his Mafia connection, Frank (Robert Miano), until he agrees to rip off a food-stamp plant in Detroit. Mackin's Motown liaison, Pointy Williams (Michael Jai White) sets him up, but Mackin kills the two crooked policemen Pointy hired to kill him. While Detective Petrone (Rebecca DeMornay) searches for the cop killer, Pointy's cost-cutting scheme gets him into deep trouble with the mob. Mackin turns renegade and persuades two cronies to help him rob Pointy's bar and torch Pointy's stolen car business. Can Frank resolve the friction between Mackin and Pointy before Mackin ignites an all-out war, or will Pointy tip off Petrone? Director/co-writer Scott Sanders and Arthur Krystal's screenplay never strikes a satisfying balance between perverse comedy and a cliched thieves-will-be-thieves scenario, and fails to infuse its standardized suspense scenes with the humor that informs its wryly executed scenes of mob life. That said, the well-written character bits allow the actors to shine: Social-climbing Pointy brags about owning a French restaurant; Mackin doesn't bat an eye about cop killing but mourns his dead pooch. This goofy thriller works as a black comedy, but falters whenever the plot intrudes on the merriment.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: In the annals of Quentin Tarantino-style crime pictures, this offbeat revenge drama stands out from the pack. Unfortunately, the idiosyncratic behavior of its protagonists takes center stage and the plot feels like an afterthought, and it's hard to build m… (more)

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