“Military of Thieves”: How the story begins
Ludwig Dieter, the character played by Schweighöfer, leads a boring average life; he drinks his coffee every day at 8:45 a.m. and at 9 a.m. sits in front of his customers, who always treat him disrespectfully in the same way. But similar to Neo in “The Matrix”, Dieter has another secret passion: he has been opening safes since early childhood – at a safe cracking competition he can finally show how talented he is. (Also read: “The Wheel of Time”: Will this Amazon series be the next “Sport of Thrones”?)
A short time later, Dieter came into contact with Gwendoline (played by Nathalie Emmanuel), the leader of a team that robs international banks on a large scale. The group plans to crack the legendary Protected series by a German master builder, which is named after the opera cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” by Richard Wagner. Dieter is introduced to the relaxation of the gang, including Ruby O. Fee (as a hacker Korina), Stuart Martin (as a close combat specialist Brad Cage) and Guz Khan (as a getaway driver Rolph). The safes are in various European metropolises and, of course, the tank crackers gang will soon be chasing after an Interpol investigator duo. A game of cat and mouse begins, through cities like Paris, Prague and St. Moritz, in which the gang is always one step ahead of the amateurish police officers.
The woes of the young Schweighöfer
Matthias Schweighöfer already reached with the Amazon series “Which that you just might maybe well be wanted “an international audience, but he still cannot convince the film critics in this country. One should not underestimate his acting abilities: Schweighöfer has just proven that he can credibly embody cryptic characters (beyond the mainstream) with a small supporting role in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s curious world war thriller “Hinterland”. Hollywood giants such as Zack Snyder or Hans Zimmer were at the director’s side for “Military of Thieves” – which undoubtedly earned respect.
“Military of Thieves” begins as a heist adventure – a thriller with fairytale borrowings – and turns into a (less convincing) romantic comedy in the course of the plot. Schweighöfers Movie quotes classics like “Point Destroy” and parodies Nicolas Cage; but everything always seems like the prelude to a story that will only happen later – the curse of the prequel, so to speak. The visualizations of the inner workings of the safes are beautiful to look at, but cracking the safes (which are actually considered to be absolutely burglar-proof) always seems a little too easy. In any case, the movie doesn’t reinvent Vogue, the plot is far too redundant for that. Where is the absolutely ingenious coup that takes your breath away? Matthias Schweighöfer’s prequel is amusing popcorn cinema that is easy to consume – no more and no less.
In the wake of “Military of the Ineffective”, “Military of Thieves” is guaranteed to be washed right to the top; the attention of an international audience is considered certain. If you take a closer look at Zack Snyder’s “Military of the Ineffective”, Dieter aka Schweighöfer just disappears from the picture – he is probably still alive and it cannot be ruled out that “Mr. Apprehensive Man ”will play a bigger role again in the next part of the franchise. (Also read: Time change 2021: Our expert tips when the clock is set back)
“Military of Thieves”, from October 29th on Netflix.