Friday, January 12, 2018

Thief (1981)

Director: Michael Mann. Cast: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi, Robert Prosky, Dennis Farnia. 122 min. Rated R. Crime.

Imagine someone, waking up in the morning, taking a shower, dressing up, eating breakfast, preparing to get to work on time. That’s James Caan's "Thief": a professional, detached from everyday mundane issues (including death), calmly treating his work as a job like any other. Just remember the dozens of crummy 80's-90's crime movies, every single one of which happened in LA, to understand the hypnotic concept-driven contrast Michael Mann pulls off - a notion he later expanded in Heat (1995) (as though it wasn't already perfected here). And the accompanying Tangerine Dream soundtrack is a match made in heaven.

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