Watch Now: THE GOOD THIEF
Irish director and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Neil Jordan, well known for films such as Mona Lisa (1986), The Crying Game (1992) and Interview with the Vampire (1994), took it upon himself to remake Jean-Pierre Melville’s acclaimed 1955 film noir entitled Bob le flambeur. Jordan’s The Good Thief, which he also wrote the screenplay for, centers around Bob, a lovable heroin and gambling addict and crook who decides to organize the perfect heist, by making the police think his crew is targeting a Monte Carlo casino, while they are in fact stealing valuable original paintings hidden in a neighboring building. Jordan’s remake stars the undeniably charismatic Nick Nolte as the good thief, while NutsaKukhianidze, Emir Kusturica and Ralph Fiennes appear in supporting roles.
Heist movies usually reach their resolution in one of two ways—either the robbers’ plan falls in on itself, condemning them to a tragic ending, or the thieves ingeniously manage to get themselves out of their inevitable predicament, paving the way for exciting twists, turns and reveals. In The Good Thief, the odds really are stacked against our protagonists as the plan starts to unravel, but what ultimately saves the day is sheer dumb luck, rather than the characters’ wits and smarts.