The Wild World of Crime Experts

Crime experts critically assess the portrayal of cons and heists in movies and television

Crime experts rank cons and heists in film and TV.

Crime movies and TV shows have always fascinated audiences with their thrilling storylines and jaw-dropping scenes. But just how realistic are these on-screen crimes? Luckily, we have a group of experts, with their unique backgrounds and experiences, ready to evaluate and rate the authenticity of these criminal exploits.

Let’s start with the pickpocketing experts. Lee Thompson, a master pickpocket who has partnered with law enforcement agencies, takes a close look at “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Killing Eve,” assessing the pickpocketing techniques portrayed by Matt Damon and Sandra Oh. If anyone knows the real deal behind nimble fingered artistry, it’s him.

Moving onto the world of organized crime, we have John Pennisi, a former member of the notorious Lucchese crime family. After turning into a government witness, Pennisi brings a unique perspective as he rates the authenticity of mobster portrayals in “The Sopranos” and “The Godfather.” Who better to critique the mob than someone who knows it inside out?

But let’s not forget the daring bank robbers. Cain Vincent Dyer, a motivational speaker turned ex-bank robber, shares his expertise on the bank heist scenes in “Money Heist” and “The Dark Knight.” Having robbed over 100 banks before turning his life around, he has some gripping tales to tell.

Of course, no crime movie is complete without a safecracker. Charlie Santore, a professional safecracker and locksmith, examines the safecracking scenes in “The Italian Job” and “Ant-Man.” With his intricate knowledge of lock mechanisms and a knack for cracking codes, he’ll let us know if Hollywood gets it right.

Moving onto the Irish mob, we have Mark Silverman, who was once closely associated with the notorious Irish mob in Boston. He gives us an insider’s perspective on the authenticity of Irish mob scenes in “The Departed,” “The Town,” and “Black Mass.” He may have left the world of organized crime behind, but his insights are invaluable.

Not to be forgotten, we have Brian Stanton, a casino executive and table-games-security expert. From art heists to diamond theft, he expertly rates the heart-pounding scenes in “The Hangover” and “Casino.” With his eagle-eyed attention to detail, he’ll separate fact from fiction when it comes to high-stakes robberies.

Finally, we delve into the realm of casino heists with Octave Durham, a former thief, and Arthur Brand, an art detective. Together, they assess the casino heist scenes in “Black Panther” and “Ocean’s 8,” letting us know if Hollywood’s depiction holds up against the realities of their own experiences.

And last but not least, we have Tatsuya Shindo, a pastor with a unique past – 15 years in the yakuza. Shindo enlightens us on the accuracy of yakuza scenes in “Avengers: Endgame” and “Deadpool 2.” Who would have thought a pastor could bring such an intriguing perspective to the criminal world?

So, if you’ve ever wondered just how real the crime scenes in your favorite movies and TV shows are, these experts have got you covered. From pickpocketing to organized crime and everything in between, they’ll provide insights that will make you see the silver screen in a whole new light. Prepare to be entertained, informed, and maybe even surprised as we journey into the wild world of crime experts.