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Will thieves relieve a simple honest man of his treasure?
"A World Without Thieves" (2004) takes place mostly on a train in China but the picture still manages to display beautiful natural surroundings of mountains and pastures in China. It made me feel that I wanted to see China and the many other places I've never seen.
The kernel of the story is a very good one. Can a trusting man with 60,000 yuan on his person not have it stolen by several sets of pickpockets and thieves, after he has made it known that he has the money? The picture engaged me up to a point, but after awhile I tired of it. Repetition set in. The characters and action became too comic-book, too corny and too contrived to keep me attentive. The script didn't deliver on its premise. Cardboard action with fast editing was not well-done, and it replaced any hope of meaningful depth. The tone of the movie veered from realism to philosophical to fantasy to broad slapstick to caper. It should have been adult and seemed adult, given the theme, but it came across more and more childish as it went along.
My view is the minority view on this one. A good many see it as a "beautiful" film with a touching story. There are those elements in there, but to me they are too mixed in with bungled story development, depth and editing.
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