This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist is a neat, tidy series that encapsulates an audacious crime.
Netflix documentary series This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist was released on the streaming service on April 7, 2021.
What’s fascinating about this series is that the subject matter is flagrantly flawed. In 1990, two men dressed as cops walked into a museum and stole a fortune of art. And this is not “any old” art. This is multi-million, company-busting art that can derail any museum. But what’s so compelling is that stealing famous art sounds like nonsense — if it’s well known, how are you able to sell it, knowing that the whole world is aware of where it is from? It fondly reminds viewers of the new Netflix craze Lupin, where stealing high-value historic jewellery puts a target on your head.
That’s where This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist shines — in the four-part docuseries, it hones in on the relevance of art, while on the other hand, describes the nature of the crimes. There’s an utmost appreciation for what art brings and its significance in a museum. In the first chapter, the series uniquely delves into each stolen artwork and how important and intimate materials were. The Netflix series makes the viewer understand how incredibly devastating this is for the museum that owned it.
This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist delves into how authorities investigated the matter; the series slyly suggests that back in the 90s, there was no FBI Arts investigator, so for analytical heads, linking the dots and finding an ulterior motive was difficult — was the mission to sell to art? And to who? Was there an evil billionaire out there that wanted the art so much they decided to throw criminals at it rather than buy it themselves? Or was it a clever criminal trying to prove a point? Netflix throws the viewer down many paths in this intriguing Netflix series.
Admittedly, there is only so much a documentary series can discuss when it comes to an art heist, so the choice of four chapters was a solid decision. This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist is a neat, tidy series that encapsulates an audacious crime.