High-end art auctioneer Simon (James
McAvoy) cues us in to the ins and outs of the security necessary to
protect near-priceless works of art from the would-be thugs out there
with enough “muscle and nerve” to dare to burst into an auction house
and steal a painting.
Film history, like art history, has
tended to be fairly academic — you take a class, which uses textbooks
and screens key movies in full, and dryly study the high points of
cinema, from the silent era to the arrival of digital effects.