Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother

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  • 1997
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.3  (46)

Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother is a 1997 heist movie directed by John Woo and starring Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei, and Nicholas Lea. The film follows Mac Ramsey (Sergei) and Li Ann Tsei (Holt), two art thieves who are in a romantic relationship and have become famous for their daring heists. Their lives are turned upside down when their former partner and Li Ann's brother, Michael (Lea), returns after being presumed dead for several years.

Michael reveals that he faked his death because he was working for the CIA and needed to go undercover. He has now been tasked with stealing a valuable Chinese artifact known as the "Black Dragon" and needs Mac and Li Ann's help. Initially hesitant to work with Michael again, the couple agrees to help him after he promises to split the profits evenly and to stay out of their lives once the job is done.

The trio sets out to steal the Black Dragon from its heavily guarded location, but complications arise when Michael's former handler, Victor Mansfield (Michael Wong), arrives on the scene. Mansfield is determined to retrieve the artifact for himself and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Mac, Li Ann, and Michael must navigate their way through a web of deception and betrayal to complete the heist and protect their own lives.

Throughout the movie, the audience is treated to stunning action sequences and expertly choreographed fight scenes, which are a hallmark of John Woo's style. The film also explores the complex relationships between the three main characters, who must navigate their own personal demons as well as the danger of the job at hand. Mac struggles with his feelings of inadequacy compared to Michael, while Li Ann must confront her unresolved feelings for her brother and the guilt she feels for leaving him behind when he faked his death.

Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother also features a strong supporting cast, including Jennifer Dale as Mac's estranged mother and Robert Ito as a retired art thief who serves as a mentor to the trio. The film's pacing is tight and the plot is full of twists and turns that keep the audience engaged throughout.

Overall, Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother is a thrilling and entertaining heist movie that showcases John Woo's signature style and features a talented cast of actors. The film explores themes of family, loyalty, and betrayal, and will keep viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

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    1 hr 31 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (46)