Hip replacements, hearing aids and insulin injections aren’t generally a feature of a heist thriller but geriatric ailments are one ingredient that sets this flick apart from the Ocean’s 11 series.
Based on the Hatton Garden Robbery over Easter in 2015, Michael Caine leads a gang of thieves including Ray Winston, Jim Broadbent and Michael Gambon, who gain access to a vault containing millions of pounds of gold, diamonds and cash.
The film then shows us how the police used modern surveillance techniques to apprehend the crooks. From the director of Oscar winning doco Man on Wire and The Theory of Everything.
3 & ½ Stars – “Oceans 100”
A famous thief in his younger years, widower Brian Reader (Michael Caine), 77 years of age, pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, employ their old-school thieving skills to plan the heist over the Easter holiday weekend. Posing as servicemen, they enter the deposit, neutralise the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the safe. Two days later, they manage to escape worth allegedly over £200 million worth of stolen jewels and money. When police are called to the scene and investigation starts, the cracks between the misfit gang members begin to show as they row over how to share the goods and become increasingly distrustful of each other. Meanwhile, the crime has become public knowledge, and a frenzy of speculations begin. As details about the crime come to light, both the British public and the media are captivated, and the investigation is followed with bated breath around the world until the criminals are eventually captured.