This prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead from last May gives us the backstory on safecracker Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer), and, frankly, is a much better film than Snyder’s bloated mess. That’s not saying much in and of itself, but make no mistake, Army of Thieves is a solid heist movie buoyed by a fun supporting cast of relative unknowns. Schweighöfer himself directs, and proves himself more than up to the task.

4/5 stars