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Criminal Squad (2018)

Den of Thieves (original title)
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A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Director:

Christian Gudegast

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... 'Big Nick' O'Brien
Pablo Schreiber ... Ray Merrimen
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Donnie Wilson
50 Cent ... Enson Levoux (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Meadow Williams ... Holly
Maurice Compte ... Benny 'Borracho' Magalon
Brian Van Holt ... Murph Connors
Evan Jones ... Bo 'Bosco' Ostroman
Mo McRae ... Gus Henderson
Kaiwi Lyman ... 'Tony Z' Zapata
Dawn Olivieri ... Debbie O'Brien
Eric Braeden ... Ziggy Zerhusen
Jordan Bridges ... Lobbin' Bob
Lewis Tan ... Secret Service Lobby Guard #1
Cooper Andrews ... Mack
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Storyline

A gritty L.A crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. Written by STXfilms

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Cops without limits. See more »


Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polynesian

Release Date:

1 February 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminal Squad See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,206,108, 21 January 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,947,622, 22 March 2018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(unrated DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Gerard Butler gained twenty-five pounds for his role, as recommended by director Christian Gudegast. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the entire movie Big Nick's chest tattoo keeps disappearing and then reappearing. See more »

Quotes

Ray Merrimen: I ain't cuffin' up
'Big Nick' O'Brien: That's ok. I don't bring my cuffs anyway.
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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.138 (2018) See more »

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I'm not sure who is paying people to rate this highly. This B movie was a mess.
24 January 2018 | by kenmoriarityjrSee all my reviews

I'm going to struggle to meet the 10 lines of text needed to actually review a movie on this site but here we go.

We have Gerard Butler, who is pretty well known now, who plays a tougher than everyone cop. Like to the point where they have to show other bad guys tattoos to prove that they are tougher. The motel scene looks like a 15 year old's dream of how tough guys act. Sitting around with scantly clad women, just drinking, smoking and punching things.

I can't really figure out where the director was going with the two teams of people. They were both "bad guys" where they had the cops being shown doing criminal activity and then the bad guys were shown in a more humane light. This just creates 2 sides of a coin that you don't care which one it lands on. It wasn't the edgy "this is real life and everyone is terrible". It was meeting a quota for

We are shown a bit of how Butler's job gets in the way of his family life but not in any meaningful way. He isn't remorseful, honest (which there is no down side to being honest like in most movies) and most importantly he isn't even likable. A character with no redeeming qualities.

50 cent is a rapper turned actor and unlike any other person who followed that career path for these roles has made no effort to improve. I can't hate on him though as the roles he picks are minimal at best and can't say his character took away anything from the movie. He had maybe 1 line and then mumbled something at the end.

The "boss" Pablo Schreiber was decent. Not in my top 30 bad guys. No hand to hand fight, no real outsmarting(the bank scene he literally won himself 45 seconds over butler that somehow turned in to an hour lead) and meh leadership. You get to see him shirtless in a few scenes and they like to lift weights, which is very important. Again it is tough to even grade these people because of the lack of dialogue. You will not be quoting him any time soon from this movie. Actually you won't be quoting anything from this movie.

O'Shea Jackson Jr. actually showed some acting chops. I would say he was the most surprising actor in the movie. Nothing that will win an award but to shine in a turd of a movie is still something.

The action was sparse and a bit lacking. Generic gun fights. The twist at the end was the only reason it should be 5 stars. Was a little predictable if you are as perceptive as a 5th grader but was still nice they at least did SOMETHING. But then it just ends on Butler's part. Nothing mentioned from this family, nothing on his next move (if any)...just a few dead guys and the twist.

Overall I'd say wait for it to go to dvd and not waste your time with seeing it in the theaters. Maybe they will release an extended version that makes more sense of its useless subplots.


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