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Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist review – the robbery of the century

August 10, 2022

The Netflix documentary film Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist was released on the streaming service on August 10, 2022.

Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist is the latest true crime documentary to be released on Netflix and tells the story of Argentina’s most famous bank robbery. With exclusive interviews, we get the details on how and why they put on the event. There is so much drama and detail in this story that it has to be heard and seen to be believed. I love how the documentary opens with the question “Why did you rob a bank?” I was instantly seized and invested. Ethics and morality are up for debate in this documentary as it is suggested that we should all have the same thing, but clearly, we don’t.

On January 13, 2006, the police were called for a bank robbery. A group of men broke into a bank in Buenos Aires, taking 23 innocent people hostage, stealing millions of dollars and jewelry from safes, and then, like magic, disappeared completely. They almost got away with it, but the plot takes a dramatic turn when an ex-wife of one of the robbers betrays them. Lasting 1 hour and 49 minutes, this documentary film is an exhilarating and thrilling watch.

Ruben de la Torre aka Beto, Sebastian Garcia Bolster, Julian Zalloecheverria and Fernando Araujo, Mario Luis Vitette Sellanes, were the main culprits in this crime, although it is suspected that there were two others involved who never been charged. Each of them brought something to the scandal, they all fit together, almost like a puzzle, and they achieved a masterpiece. Following a bible of protocols, they learned to understand police methodology and schedules. Knowing your enemy is always the key to winning.

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It’s almost surreal because during the incident it was reported that the robbers ordered pizza and soft drinks for the hostages and sang happy birthday to a lawyer. Like in a movie scene, there were around 200 officers surrounding the building, but the bad guys still managed to escape. Hilarious, leaving behind toy guns. How did they escape? They took note of the incredible movie, Shawshank Redemption, and escaped through a tunnel to enter an underground sewer system, where an accomplice was waiting for them to escape in a boat. At this point, I applaud the confidence, common sense, and planning that went into this heist.

Impressive, revealing and incredible. The robbers said there must be art in it, and the idea and planning of how to rob a bank took over. Almost an obsession. With the level of thought and detail and meticulous planning, you can believe that if it weren’t for the ex, they probably would have gotten away. It’s amazing how one person can just ruin an entire operation. His motive? Revenge. After seeing her husband in the car with her lover, she reported him to the police and identified four of the other men. I actually felt a little bad for them – sympathizing with the criminals, what next?

The style of this documentary is very arty and creative. The scenes have been created for dramatic effect, and some are beautifully constructed so that they are of cinematic quality. Much like a movie, rather than just telling the story and supporting old footage, they created content as if it were in real time. There’s a lot going on, visually, but it grabs your attention. If you don’t have other images to use and lean on, this is the best way to go.

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From start to finish, this documentary is a fascinating watch. You get a glimpse into the mind of a criminal, a thief, and, chillingly, a glimpse of how what we think we’ll only see in movies can actually happen in real life. As perfect as their planning was, they still got caught, so don’t be cocky thinking you could do the same and win.

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