The heist film has proven itself time and again to be a rather resilient crime trope in cinema.

It sees its latest incarnation in Orlando Bloom reinventing himself as a formidable action hero in The Shanghai Job – a slick, high-stakes thriller set in Shanghai which mixes the heist capers of The Italian Job with impressive action set pieces, and with the fighting skills from Ip Man alumni thrown in.

Washed-up private security agent Danny Stratton (Bloom) has been reduced to low level body guarding operations, after a botched job when a Van Gogh painting in his care was stolen. He gets a chance to restore his reputation when he's given the rare opportunity to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai. In the course of the mission he is ambushed, and, with the safety of the woman he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of experts to save her, whilst also outsmarting the devious mastermind behind the heist.

Superbly filmed in and around the striking, neon-drenched city of Shanghai, with a pulsing soundtrack (including Katy Perry’s song “Roulette) and jaw-dropping action set pieces, the film also features Simon Yam, Lynn Xiong, and Xing Yu, stars of the action classic Ip Man. This is a sensational mix of twisty heist thriller with high-kicking actioner, as if Ocean’s 11 was crossed with Taken.

The Shanghai Job is directed by Charles Martin (Skins, Marcella). The Shanghai Job is released on EST & VOD on 29th January and on DVD 5th February 2017 by Signature Entertainment.Enjoy the trailer below.