Heist movies play to everyone’s dream of easy money, earned by criminal smarts and daring. But a convention of the genre, going back to Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 film “The Killing” and beyond, is that the big score is also a big trap for the heroes. They over-reach, under-estimate or otherwise screw up, and all that glorious lucre fades out of reach. The lesson: even clever crime doesn’t pay.
Yu Irie’s over-amped “Gangoose” is similarly old school, with twists borrowed from the source manga, which is in turn based on writer Daisuke Suzuki’s real-life reportage.
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