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Film / Army of Thieves

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"This is about becoming legends."
Gwendoline: The world's distracted. This window of opportunity isn't just our only chance. It's yours.
Dieter: My only chance... for what?
Gwendoline: A life less ordinary.

Army of Thieves is a 2021 German-American heist-romantic comedy film directed by and starring Matthias Schweighöfer, produced by Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller, and written by Shay Hatten, to be released on Netflix. It is a prequel to Snyder's Army of the Dead, which was released earlier in 2021. Hans Zimmer composed the soundtrack.

The story takes place in Europe six years before the events of Army of the Dead, during the beginning stages of the Las Vegas zombie outbreak. It follows Ludwig Dieter (Schweighöfer) in his early days of safecracking as he is hired by a mysterious woman named Gwendoline to pull off a heist with the help of a misfit crew of other aspiring thieves.

The film also stars Nathalie Emmanuel as Gwendoline, Guz Khan as Rolph, Ruby O. Fee as Korina, Stuart Martin as Brad Cage, Jonathan Cohen as Delacroix and Noemie Nakai as Beatrix. It is due to release on October 29, 2021.


Previews: Teaser, Trailer.

Army of Thieves contains examples of:

  • Ask a Stupid Question...: In the trailer, Dieter asks the others from the Caper Crew if it's "like in a movie film" about combining skillsets and working together to pull off heists. Gwendoline answers him that it's exactly that.
  • Bank Robbery: In the trailer, Brad Cage is seen robbing a bank wearing a mask doing so, and Dieter is seen opening a safe in the vault of a bank and taking piles of banknotes inside of it.
  • Caper Crew: A whole heist team is assembled in the trailer:
  • Continuity Nod: Several to Army of the Dead.
    • The Las Vegas zombie outbreak is referenced in the teaser, with images of it on TV and Dieter and Gwendoline discussing it.
    • It is mentioned in the trailer that the safes the team has to bust open belong to Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), the billionaire who will plan the Las Vegas heist. There's also a photo of him.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect:
    • The teaser has a shot set in Paris, and sure enough, it shows the Eiffel Tower.
    • The wide view on Prague in the trailer, where the Vyšehrad Bridge, the Charles Bridge and the St. Vitus Cathedral within the Prague Castle can be seen.
  • Interpol Special Agent: A police agent with "Interpol" written on the back of his jacket can be seen in the trailer.
  • Safecracking: In the trailer, Dieter is seen winning a safecracking competition. He gets recruited for heists by Gwendoline as a result.
  • Saved by Canon: As this is a prequel to Army of the Dead, Dieter will survive the heists and join up with the mercenaries sent to steal $200 million from the Götterdammerung safe in Las Vegas.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Just like he did in Army of the Dead, Dieter lets some high pitched screams out in the teaser and trailer.
  • Shout-Out: In the trailer, the three safes the team has to bust open are named Rheingold, Valkyrie and Siegfried. All are the titles of the first three operas of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung tetralogy. The fourth safe (named after the fourth and final opera of the tetralogy), Götterdämmerung, was the target of the Las Vegas heist in Army of the Dead.
  • Standard Snippet: The teaser is set to Ride of the Valkyries. This is in thematic continuity with Army of the Dead, which had "Siegried's Funeral" from Wagner's Götterdämmerung (which is part of the Ring cycle as well) playing each time the eponymous "Götterdämmerung" safe was brought up (first when Dieter discussed it, then when he opened it). See also the Shout-Out trope above about the safes with Richard Wagner's Ring tetralogy names.
  • Stupid Question Bait: In the teaser, Gwendoline asks "Any questions?", and nobody except Dieter answers to her ("Yes, many, hundreds!").
  • Tag Line:
    • "More safes. Less zombies."
    • "Nothing is a safe bet."
    • "You don't have to go to Vegas to get lucky".
    • "Vegas isn't the only place to win big."
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Images of the Las Vegas zombie outbreak can be seen on TV in the trailer, which the news precisely qualify as "zombie apocalypse".


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