It’s likely that all you need to know to be sold on writer/director Jonathan Sobol’s new film, The Art of the Steal, is that it stars Kurt Russell as a low-rent, karate-chopping motorcycle daredevil who sometimes uses his motorcycle skills to be the wheelman during high stakes heists. So, sort of like Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines, only hopefully we’ll get to watch the ridiculous motorcycle stuff for the whole movie this time.
See? Everyone is sold already, and Russell isn’t even the only thing this movie has going for it. As much fun as he is to watch when he’s playing ridiculous characters like this, The Art of the Steal also gives you other fun stuff to look forward to, like Goon and This is the End star Jay Baruchel playing his awkward son, Matt Dillon playing his sleazy brother, Terence Stamp being all piercing and Terence Stampy, and a whole lot of jokes, fights, and heist film silliness to boot. Click through the link to check it all out.
It’s true that heist stories are pretty well-worn and rote at this point, but, at least from the trailer, this one seems like it’s going to be able to make itself stand out from the pack on the charm of its actors and its sense of fun. The Art of the Steal’s US distribution rights have been all scooped up, but an official date on when we’re going to get to see it has yet to be announced. In the meantime, you can watch it at TIFF 2013 on either September 11 or September 12 if you happen to be in Toronto for the festival. Which, if that’s the case, please let the rest of us know how it is as we wait patiently for another look at Russell’s leather jumpsuit.