Good Thief, The : Movie Review

Nick Nolte’s current problems with alcohol shouldn’t obscure the fact that this is one of the very few genuinely great actors in current world cinema, whose presence automatically makes a film worth watching. This is just as well, as The Good Thief doesn’t have much else going for it: a flashy remake of 1950s French classic Bob Le Flambeur, it features Nolte’s grizzled expat-American gambler planning an audacious heist on a Monte Carlo casino. Despite the star’s best efforts (“You should support me in my battle against my addictions,” he growls) and a nifty cameo from an unbilled major British thesp (initials R.F.), viewer interest rapidly wanes as the plot entangles in needlessly byzantine complexities.

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Author : Neil Jordan