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DVD Review: Documentary 'Smash & Grab' Excitingly Makes The Case Why Danny Boyle Wants To Turn It Into A Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 7:01 PM
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Smash & Grab
Earlier this year, word emerged that Danny Boyle was going to direct a feature film adaptation of the documentary, “Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers.” But, hadn't he just come off a heist thriller with "Trance"? Wasn't the presumed story of a bunch of jewel thieves a bit rote for someone like Boyle who likes to go deep narratively, and push things aesthetically? Certainly, on the surface, there's nothing particularly original about 'Smash & Grab' but the documentary by director Havana Marking is something of a con itself, less about the major heists the titular Pink Panthers pulled, but rather about the circumstances that made a life of crime an attractive and lucrative option, but no less a criminal one as well.

Danny Boyle To Direct Feature Adaptation Of Heist Documentary 'Smash And Grab'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 4:41 PM
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To call this year's "Trance" a heist flick would be a bit misleading. Yes, it centers around a major theft, but that twisty genre effort from Danny Boyle was more of a psychosexual mindbender, and regardless, audiences barely showed up with the movie taking in a rather meagre $22 million worldwide (a drop from the $60 million take of "127 Hours" and a far cry from the $377 million sensation "Slumdog Millionaire"). But Fox Searchlight and Pathé Pictures are still believers, and this time, they want Boyle to steal something straight up.

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