I am a sucker for a well-done heist film; ever since I first saw Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Kubrick's The Killing, as I explain in my piece on the parallels between those two flicks, which you can read here. There's really nothing like the tension and excitement a well-executed heist film produces.

Oscar-winning director James Marsh – who directed 2014’s The Theory of Everything (which garnered him his BAFTA), but actually has his Academy Award from his 2008 documentary Man on Wire – helmed King of Thieves. Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox (Marvel’s Daredevil and The Theory of Everything), Ray Winstone (The Departed), and Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago, The Golden Compass) star.

King of Thieves is based on the Hatton Garden Robbery where a gang of criminals stole about 200 million pounds worth of jewelry and other safe deposit box loot in a 2015 London raid. The gang turned out to be composed of men in their 60's and 70's and only a fraction of the value of the jewelry was recovered. The robbery has been branded "the largest burglary in English legal history".

The film looks exceptional not just because of that incredible cast and a more than capable director, but also the writing. Joe Penhall – scribe on Netflix's Mindhunter and 2009’s The Road with Viggo Mortensen – wrote the film after this Vanity Fair article by Mark Seal.

Enjoy the trailer below and catch King of Thieves in theaters and on-demand and Digital HD January 25, 2019.