ART OF THE STEAL (2014)
Brother vs. Brother
Starring: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay
Baruchel, Kathryn Winnick,
Terence Stamp, Chris
Diamantopoulos, Devon Bostick,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC/The Weinstein
Director: Jonathan Sobol
Executive Producer: Bob Weinstein, Jeff Sackman,
Noah Segal, Mark Slone
Producer: Nicholas Tabarrok
Writer: Jonathan Sobol
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At the start of the movie, motorcycle stuntman Crunch Calhoun (played by Kurt Russell) is shown in a Polish prison. Crunch has endured a 5½ year prison sentence taking the fall for his fellow thief and brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), on a huge heist. Nicky would have received a 20-year sentence for the same crime, but he’s not appreciative when Crunch gets released.
Instead, Nicky’s become even more shady. He’s not only engaged in a complicated plot to steal paintings but also to steal one of the world’s most valuable books. Nicky tries to get Crunch involved, but Crunch realizes Nicky’s constant thievery and lying have grown out of control. So, he decides it’s time for revenge and turns the tables on Nicky with his gang.
ART OF THE STEAL is great fun on an action and thriller, and even on a comedic level, but it could have been more enjoyable and reached a much broader audience without all the gratuitous obscenities and profanities. The cast is superb, with Kurt Russell delivering a classic star performance after being about seven years away from the big screen. Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel also turn in top performances.
Altogether, the clever twists, turns, and lack of pretension make ART OF THE STEAL lots of fun. Sadly, the foul language is just too much. Also, the gang gets away with stealing at the end. So, most media-wise viewers will consider ART OF THE STEAL unacceptable.
Note: ART OF THE STEAL is not to be confused with the 2009 documentary by the same name.
Some clever twists, turns, and lack of pretension make ART OF THE STEAL lots of fun. The cast is superb, with Kurt Russell delivering a classic performance after seven years away from the big screen. However, the movie would be more enjoyable without the gratuitous crude language. Also, the hero gets away with stealing at the end. So, most media-wise viewers will consider ART OF THE STEAL unacceptable.