Pick Pocket

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  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 6.1  (6,158)
  • 35

Pick Pocket is a 2011 action-thriller flick about a small-time pickpocket by the name of Michael who aspires to be a successful thief. Directed by Julius R. Nasso, the movie stars Peter Facinelli as Michael, Jaimie Alexander as the love interest Sylvie, and Michael Madsen as the corrupt detective Murphy. The movie begins with Michael, a petty thief, practicing his craft by stealing watches, phones, and wallets to sell them for a quick buck. He leads an aimless life of theft without any specific targets or objectives. However, everything changes when Michael steals a rare antique coin from an unsuspecting victim that goes on to become a catalyst for various conflicts in the plot.

The antique coin is a critical piece that links many characters, including the corrupt detective Murphy, who has a personal vendetta against Michael. Murphy has his sights on the coin and is on the hunt for Michael to claim it for himself. Between dodging Murphy, the love interest Sylvie, and other gangsters, Michael goes through several challenges that force him to confront his identity as a pickpocket.

Peter Facinelli's portrayal of Michael is excellent, as he conveys the character's constant sense of paranoia and emotional instability due to his shady past. Jaimie Alexander's presence as Sylvie is equally impressive, as she adds a touch of romance to the story and motivates Michael to pursue a better life. Michael Madsen, as the corrupt detective, brings his classic flair of calm villainy to the screen.

In terms of action, Pick Pocket has some intense moments, including hotel room brawls, car chases, and gunfights. However, the action scenes are not overdone, and there is a consistent balance of action, drama, and character development throughout the movie. The film's soundtrack does an excellent job of reflecting the tense and energetic nature of the plot.

The movie's narrative unfolds with clever twists and turns, and the audience is kept on the edge of their seat. Although the film deals with familiar themes of redemption and self-discovery, the character development of Michael is unique and original for a movie of this genre. Pick Pocket is not without its flaws, however, as some of the dialogue can be a bit clichéd and predictable at times.

Overall, Pick Pocket is an enjoyable action-thriller that delivers some intense scenes in the backdrop of an engaging narrative. The movie boasts excellent performances from the cast and a tight script that keeps the audience engaged from beginning to end. Though it may not be groundbreaking, Pick Pocket is definitely worth a watch for fans of the genre.

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    1 hr 29 min
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    6.1  (6,158)
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