King Of Thieves
Brian Reader is a former thief who is now retired. At the funeral ceremony for his wife, Brian sees old friends from his days as a criminal. They briefly discuss their interest in pulling off one more heist, targeting the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. Shortly after the funeral, Brian and the other thieves meet to plan the robbery in earnest. Nearly all of them are older men, in their 60s and 70s. The only younger man is Basil, an alarms expert who comes by a key to an exterior door of the building containing the Safe Deposit.
King of Thieves
The thieves decide to execute their heist over the Easter holiday weekend to maximize their time for the break-in and minimize the risk of being discovered. Posing as gas repairmen, they enter the deposit building, deactivate the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the vault. The jack they use to push the cabinet of safety deposit boxes away from the wall breaks, adding a wrinkle to their plan. They all leave, intending to return with a new tool the following day. However, Brian has a change of heart and decides it is too risky to go back.
Basil and the other thieves return to the Safe Deposit with the replacement tool and successfully push the cabinet away from the vault wall, enabling two of them to climb through into the vault. They then use crow bars to break open many of the safety deposit boxes and steal their contents, which add up to more than 14 million in jewels and cash. The thieves put all of the loot into duffel bags and drive away from the scene of the crime.
They proceed to the home of one of the robbers to split up the stolen goods. As they begin to discuss the split, Basil realizes that the older thieves were never planning on giving him an equal share. Fearing for his life, he takes several fistfuls of cash and quickly leaves. What the other thieves do not realize until later is that Basil had also taken the high value diamonds from the safety deposit boxes that Brian had written down for him.
Meanwhile, the police are alerted to the crime and begin a high-profile investigation. They review all CCTV footage from the area and soon discover a car parked in the area that belonged to one of the thieves. After tracing the car's number-plate to the thief's actual identity, the police are able to tap all of the gang's phones and follow their movements.
After learning of the value of the loot, Brian tries to force the group to split with him since he was the one who masterminded the robbery. As the thieves grow increasingly wary and distrustful of one another, they have a number of unguarded conversations that provide the police with evidence of their culpability.
By further spying on the gang, the police learn that the group is planning to meet in order to do a final split of the stolen goods. The police move in and arrest the gang at their meeting. Brian, who was not invited to the meeting, is arrested at his home. The only one to escape is Basil as he wore a disguise during the robbery, left shortly after the Easter weekend, and was never a former associate of the older thieves.
At the end, the old thieves are in custody and are shown changing into suits for their court appearance. They seem unconcerned about the prospect of returning to jail and appear to have accepted Brian as their unspoken leader once again.
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Parents need to know that King of Thieves is a jewel-heist movie that's based on an actual crime committed in 2015. Language is the biggest issue, with near-constant use of "f--k" and plenty of other words, including "s--t," "piss," and "bastard." There's a bit of violence, particularly in a montage of footage from robberies that includes guns and fighting. Characters also make threats and have fits of anger (one smashes a chair). There's a fair bit of drinking, mainly in social situations and with no drunkenness or ill effects. Sex is not an issue. Michael Caine leads the group of mostly older men who carry out the heist; while the movie is a little on the dry side, the performances are fun, and fans of the stars may enjoy it.
In KING OF THIEVES, veteran thief Brian Reader (Michael Caine) loses his beloved wife and finds himself in an empty, quiet house. Basil (Charlie Cox), an expert with computers and alarms, approaches Brian about a job: robbing the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, where millions in jewelry are kept. Brian assembles a team of old cohorts -- Terry Perkins (Jim Broadbent), John Kenny Collins (Tom Courtenay), Danny Jones (Ray Winstone), and Carl Wood (Paul Whitehouse) -- to help him. The job involves drilling through concrete into the vault, which takes more than a day, but they finish the job, making it out with piles of cash and jewels. Then the backstabbing and betrayals begin, while police start piecing together clues based on surveillance footage. But for at least one member of the gang, an escape plan is set into motion.
There's a charming little subset of heist films about elderly men pulling off bank jobs, often out of boredom, and the authorities struggling to reconcile these crafty old geezers with the much younger hoodlums they might have expected. Just last year, Robert Redford evoked his Sundance Kid days by playing a genteel stickup artist in The Old Man & the Gun. But the tradition goes back as far as the 1951 Ealing Studios classic The Lavender Hill Mob, about a whimsical gold-smuggling scheme, and the 1979 George Burns-Art Carney-Lee Strasberg team-up Going in Style, about glum retirees and widowers looking to improve their diminished lifestyle. (The latter was remade to lesser effect in 2017 with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in the lead roles.)
Director James Marsh would seem to be the right man for the job, having turned the team efforts of crossing the twin towers via tightrope and caring for a domesticated chimpanzee into the superb documentaries Man on Wire and Project Nim, respectively. And he has cast Caine and other aging British legends like Jim Broadbent and Tom Courtenay as the burglars, shrewdly recalling their screen pasts as working-class blokes with a harder edge than some of their more recent roles suggest. Yet King of Thieves struggles to pin down the right tone: At times, it wants to be comic caper along the lines of The Lavender Hill Mob, but it can be only so adorable. Reality proves to be a buzzkill.
Boredom is still a key motivator here, however. After his wife dies, 77-year-old Brian Reader (Caine) tries to honor her wish to not get into any more trouble, but loneliness and inactivity don't suit him, so he starts looking around for a project. A tip about the fortune sitting in safe deposit boxes in Hatton Garden leads him to assemble a unit of hardened, advanced cons (Broadbent, Courtenay and Ray Winstone), plus a young expert (Charlie Cox) in security systems, to pull off the biggest heist in England's history. They accomplish the job like the seasoned professionals they are, but the process of divvying the loot and slipping a countrywide manhunt proves to be a considerably messier proposition.
Marsh's account of that twin towers walk in Man on Wire effectively fused talking-heads storytelling with obliquely staged re-enactments, but the Hatton Garden job requires a finesse he can't quite muster. King of Thieves feels like the dress rehearsal before opening night, a dry walk-through of events that will surely be thrilling on the day of the show. The ticktock of the burglary and its aftermath is cleanly sequenced, but there's no particular emphasis on one aspect of the story or another, no sense of what Marsh is trying to express about the grizzled camaraderie of his cast or about the criminal mind. It takes a twisted kind of passion to forgo retirement for a score this monumental, but the film isn't equal to the task.
Eleventh in the leagues, and first in the gods of thieves leagues, the player will meet Orbeuseus, the champion of the Orbeuseus league. The top 4 players with the highest delta will move on to the Invinsius league.
Twelfth in the leagues, and second in the gods of thieves leagues, the player will meet Invinsius, the champion of the Invinsius league. The top 4 players with the highest delta will move on to the Totemius league.
Thirteenth in the leagues, and third in the gods of thieves leagues, the player will meet Totemius, the champion of the Totemius league. Only the top 1 player with the highest delta will move on to the King of Kings league.
He is accompanied by an Elite Bandit and a Bandit Trapper, which look a bit different than the ordinary ones. His drops are recommended for those making a status/poison deck. Because there is an Elite Bandit and Bandit Trapper, it is also possible to obtain cards that normally drop from those two after defeating the King of Thieves; such as Sharp Instincts and Bow and Arrow.
Looking back at the post on Flexible Sessions, the key principle of designing sessions is about creating a diminishing curve of value for sessions per day and for session length. Just to reiterate: The first rule is that the first session of the day should feel more impactful than the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time the player returns. By the 5th+ session, this should give minimal value to the player. The second rule is that session length should also have a diminishing curve of value. Eventually a player should naturally feel that returning at a later point in the day would be more beneficial. These two rules make up strong session design.
Increasing gem value is the goal of King of Thieves. The total value of your gems is how you rank in the game. Players are looking to retain only the highest quality gems (which is shown by a number). However, there are only limited slots the player can have to hold onto gems. So players quickly run out of slots and are forced to fuse gems together to make more slots for higher level gems. 041b061a72