Amateur Robbers Pull Off The Worst Heist Of The Century In 'American Animals'

It's the other heist flick you should watch besides 'Ocean's 8'.

American Animals (M18)

Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Udo Kier

Directed by Bart Layton 

In this fascinating true-crime thriller, American Horror Story’s Evan Peters and Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan play bored college buds who concoct a crazy plan to steal a collection of priceless books books — including John James Audubon's Birds of America  — from Kentucky’s Transylvania University.

How they plot the heist (they study Ocean’s Eleven and Reservoir Dogs) is intercut with interviews with the real participants, and in one fourth-wall breaking moment, the actor even interacts with his real-life counterpart.

The fact-is-stranger-than-fiction tale starts out as a romp (think Bottle Rocket) but gets dark when the wannabe robbers realise that a life in crime is not all it’s cracked up to be. (***1/2)

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