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The glossy Hollywood spin of films like Ocean's 11 has removed us from the reality of robberies such as the one in Brussels

It says something about the cultural resonance of film when Monday's £30m theft of diamonds from Brussels airport wasn't condemned as an act of criminality or something that, doubtlessly, left innocent people traumatised with the experience of being threatened by masked men with machine guns. It was a glamorous heist, obviously. You know, just like the ones George Clooney does in his spare time.

Perhaps it is, simply, how we (and the media) make sense of senseless things: to stamp them with a glossy sort of Hollywood narrative. Yet there is something about the enduring "glamour" of this particular narrative – the calculated criminality of the heist story – that has hooked us in since the film noir The Asphalt Jungle laid down the blueprint for the genre in the 1950s. »

- Stephen Kelly

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