Thief

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Thief

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Produced by Norman Morrill ("Early Edition," "Promised Land," "The Visitor"), the show revolves around a heist crew lead by Nick Atwater (Andre Braugher - Homicide: Life on the Street") who are planning on doing their biggest heist yet - stealing $30 million from the U.S. government. However, Nick soon has another responsibilty, his 14 year old step-daughter (Mae Whitman). The show also involves a cop (Michael Rooker) who is looking for a way to clean up is crooked image and a killer who has hired the Chinese Mafia settle a score. The series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Andre Braugher.

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Tammi Deveraux

Clayne Crawford

Clayne Crawford

Izzy Discroll

Will Yun Lee

Will Yun Lee

Vincent Chan

Clifton Collins Jr.

Clifton Collins Jr.

Jack "Bump" Hill

Yancey Arias

Yancey Arias

Gabriel "Gabo" Williams

Malik Yoba

Malik Yoba

Elmo "Mo" Jones

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  • Progressive but I wish that there had been more

    9.0
    First off let me say that it's a shame that a show this good with Andre Braugher as the helmer didn't go beyond 6 episodes. I am very happy at being able to see a show about a black character as the lead as most other TV shows just have white men in the forefront it takes balls to be able to ease from the norm when it shouldn't even be a norm. Is it so bad to have racially diverse TV leads such as Thief does? I just never understood why all leads had to be white guys. Anyway Thief achieves a good level of personal drama and professional angst and Nick Atwater is one that we want to see succeed in what's sure to be an unfortunately forgotten series.moreless
  • i actually liked this show

    7.4
    i doubt it will get renewed but i thought it was a pretty good show. it was nowhere near as good as the shield or rescue me. i think the writers could have done some more character development, but it was only like eleven epsiodes or so, but i would like to know what kind of fall out the characters were in for.
  • Nick **** (Andre Braugher, \"Homicide\", \"Gideon\'s Crossing\") leads a gang of well organized, highly talented thieves in post-Katrina New Orleans.

    10
    They take from bank vaults mostly, working undetected, until one day they are spotted stealing from the Chinese mafia, one of their own gets greedy and deviates from the objective and Nick\'s home life with his new wife (Dina Myer) and her daughter Tammi (Mae Whitman, \"Arrested Development\") is tragically turned upside down. All of this threatens their biggest score yet: stealing 40 million government dollars from the belly of a passenger plane 30,000 feet in the air.



    After finding success with over-the-top dramas \"Nip/Tuck\", \"The Shield\" and \"Rescue Me\", the patented FX absurdity gets dialed down in \"Thief\". My first instinct is to rate the show lower than it probably deserves. I\'m so used to FX jumping in my face that it requires us to plug \"Thief\" back in with the rest of the network dramas to see how good it really is. A more methodical character-driven drama taking us inside a criminal organization than a white-knuckle crime thriller, \"Thief\" is the most like HBO\'s \"The Sopranos\" than anything else on the line-up. There is even a gruesomely clever torture sequence involving Linda Hamilton and a long thread of firecracker cable in here.



    In the thief crime sub-genre that also includes this year\'s profoundly lame NBC/Doug Liman project \"Heist\", \"Thief\" does it as well as I\'ve seen, but at the same time it doesn\'t break out of the genre. It doesn\'t have its own unique voice. The show plays it surprisingly safe, unfolding its story crisply and more than competently, but also without any big surprises, twists or turns. It goes where it needs to go, using characters that it needs to get there, but little more.



    Ironically, what we all came here to see, the big heist, fails to generate as much excitement as the show\'s apparent B-story - which involves the impossibly trying relationship between Nick and stepdaughter Tammi. This family dynamic is usually a tack-on story networks use to bring in a larger demographic and yet here it is played out with electrifying results. Braugher we already know as one of TV\'s most talented actors who can\'t get a break (more on him later), but Whitman is a real discovery. She plays this with a heart-breaking emotional realism well beyond her years. You\'d imagine it would be tough to steal the show from Andre Braugher, but Whitman does it. The scenes between the two of them are emotional fireworks.



    It is Tammi\'s story that moved me the most and that is the one where we actually feel the most is at stake even though it has nothing to do with Chinese assassins and mid-air heists. Fortunately, the show knows what it has and Witman\'s story is folded nicely into the main story without a missed beat.



    The other thing that keeps \"Thief\" compelling is the simple brilliance of Andre Braugher in the lead. The man doesn\'t know the meaning of the word obvious. Nothing is big, nothing is overplayed. It is a quiet, sophisticated, even hypnotic, performance where on the page there could just as easily have been nothing. Braugher has once again created a character that keeps the audience guessing about where his loyalty actually lies: the money, the team, his own code of ethics, his new stepdaughter or his wife. In contrast to Braugher is Michael Rooker as an over-the-top brutal caricature of a cop who screams like he\'d rather be in a broad Stephen Bochco series than in a character drama like this.



    Where \"Rescue Me\" and \"Nip/Tuck\" are on fire, \"Thief\" is lukewarm. Even Bochco\'s \"Over There\" was a riskier and more inventive series, before it collapsed on itself. As every storyline races to the end, the show\'s focus gets smaller. There are a lot of irons in the fire, maybe too many, and not a balanced payoff. It would have helped if \"Thief\" fleshed out the rest of the team members a little more, but hopefully that will be something to settle in future seasons. It isn\'t as fully realized and clever as \"The Sopranos\" and doesn\'t have the silently simmering tension of Showtime\'s \"Sleeper Cell\", but \"Thief\" becomes a careful, well-made, visually gorgeous heist series with two spectacular lead performances to keep it moving.

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  • Solid, if not a little underwhelming.

    7.5
    Not my favorite FX series, but Thief packed a lot into it's 6 episodes. Andre Braugher was terrific in the show and deserving of his emmy nod. Mae Whitman was fantastic as well, showing a side of herself that I wasn't expecting after her run as the quiet Ann in Arrested Development. The tone of the show was a good shade of uneasy grittiness that I love



    My main issue with the show was that while solid foundations were set and a lot happened, it was all rushed and ended too quickly without much satisfaction. Characters had problems that didn't have much backstory or resolutions, serving merely as a minor distraction to the main story at hand. When characters died or something else happened, I found myself more indifferent rather than sympathetic.



    I hope the show gets another go round to build on what it established(Which would probably make this season better to me in retrospect), but being that it wasn't much of a ratings grabber the first time and listed as a Mini-series, I doubt it.



    Overall, this was a fun way to spend a month and a half between The Shield and Rescue Me, but I was expecting so much more with the standards that those 2 shows set.moreless
  • this as the most brilliant performances performd for a tv show in years of that quality and time. it is totaly under appreiateed and miscalulated by thoughs that missed or did not see it.the talent was good, excellent, it was of great magnitude.moreless

    10
    I would love to meet with the actors if I could to left them know what they did with that show. That show was the only reason why I join tv.com to do a review on it I will do whatever to bring it back. Like they say put up or shut up, I would for a new series to be done. Really.is there anyway to email the producers or actors to let them know how well they are appreciated. That a real life show, that's how its done. The writers was incredible. I'll invest in a new series. Seriously.....moreless
  • THOUGH IT'S ALWAYS SAD TO SEE OUR FAVORITE SHOWS END FOR THE SEASON, LEAVING NOTHING BUT THE BLEAK EXPANSE OF SUMMER TELEVISION BEFORE US, THERE ARE A FEW REASONS--BESIDES POOL PARTIES AND BARBECUES--TO GET EXCITED AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. EACH YEAR'S MAY SWEEP BRINGS EXCITING FINALES AND OTHER SPECIAL TV EVENTS. ALL IN ALL, IT'S SHAPING UP TO BE AN EXCELLENT MONTH OF TELEVISION--AND WE'VE OUTLINED THE BEST OF IT FOR YOU. OH, AND A WORD TO THE WISE: THIS FEATURE ABOUNDS WITH SPOILERS, SO READ WITH CARE!

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    secrets and lies, self destruction, for men, ruthless killing, short lived series