Jordan pulls out all the stylistic stops--jump cuts, quick freezes- but those tricks don't detract from the story. In fact, they function as clues to its changing pattern and nature. "The Good Thief" is a droll movie, too--never moreso than in Bob's adversarial relationship with his French cop friend/nemesis, gamely played by Tcheky Karyo as the Claude Rains to Nolte's Bogart. The other side of Bob is exemplified by his tender romance with the young Anne (Nutsa Kukhianidze), whom he has rescued from a pimp. As a smart, Americanized but troubled young girl, Kukhianidze (“27 Missing Kisses”) is a real find.
Beautifully photographed by Chris Menges, "The Good Thief" moves quickly, surprises with its plot twists and offers the audience a great time. As heist movies--and remakes--go, it's a standout. Starring Nick Nolte, Tcheky Karyo, Said Taghmaoui, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Gerard Darmon and Emir Kusturica. Directed and written by Neil Jordan. Produced by Stephen Woolley, John Wells and Seaton McLean. A Fox Searchlight release. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 109 min. Opens 3/12/03.