Pros: Stunts, car chases, cinematography, Nick Cage
Cons: Script needed to be flushed out more
I love Angelina Jolie. I love Nicholas Cage even more. I adore action movies. I'm always game for a good car chase. Cars make me happy.
Those were my reasons for seeing Gone in Sixty Seconds. Plus, I had 2 more free passes to the movie, and a friend of mine was visiting from out-of-state. Last but not least, I really wanted to see this movie.
Randall "Memphis" Raines (Cage), is a retired car thief who has found a "straight and clean" life outside of Long Beach. When he hears that his little brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), is in a lot of trouble due to a car boost gone wrong, he does whatever it takes to help him out...
Including getting back into Grand Theft Auto.
Memphis organizes a car theft ring from the people he used to run with during his glory days. In order to save Kip's life, they must steal fifty cars in four days. With the LAPD breathing down his neck, as well as a psycho named Colitri to answer to, Memphis has his work cut out for himself.
The cast was great and worked very well together. Giovanni Ribisi plays such a great dirt bag! (Remember him in The Postman?) Angelina Jolie was good as well, although I was disappointed that her role wasn't as large as I anticipated. I really thought she was going to be a major character, the way they advertised it and everything.
Which leads me to the plot. The main plot is the stealing of 50 cars in 4 days without getting caught. There are a lot of little sub-plots, such as the sibling rivalry between Memphis and Kip, Memphis' sordid past, the former relationship between Memphis and Sway, and the reasons the cops hate and know so much about Memphis, ALL of these sub-plots (especially the Memphis-Sway line) could have used a lot more fleshing out.
The stunts are terrific! I loved how the Sphinx made his entrance by blowing up the gang leader's car. The fights were great! (Unlike MI:2, all of the sound effects were there.) The car chases were absolutely unparalleled. Since Nicholas Cage is a trained racecar driver, he did many of his own driving stunts. Love it!!!
However, when the car chase peeled into the LA Water Basin, I half-expected Memphis and his posse to break into Greased Lightning.
This is definitely a guy movie, or for those who enjoy a good dose of testosterone. Tonight at dinner, I recommended it to my step-dad, but not to my mom.
It's a movie with a bunch of great actors, some cool stunts, a plethora of fabulous car chases, but a relatively weak script. With this movie, you need to suspend your disbelief and not ask so many questions.
But hey, it's Nicky Cage and Angelina Jolie.
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Memphis Raines (Nicholas Cage) is a former car thief who is forced to come out of retirement when his younger brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), is unable to deliver 50 expensive cars to dangerous smuggler Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston). With his brother's life on the line, Memphis must enlist his old car-stealing partners for help in order to pull off the ultimate crime. His team includes his mentor, Otto (Robert Duvall), and an old flame (Angelina Jolie), plus a crew of other colorful characters. Once he gets them all together, Memphis has to do the impossible: organize the theft of 50 cars from all over Los Angeles in a single night, hampered by rivals, security systems, and the best efforts of the LAPD detective (Delroy Lindo) who is out to get him. GONE IN 60 SECONDS is a fun, action-packed movie featuring producer Jerry Bruckheimer's trademarks: a simple, heartfelt story, comedy, spectacular action, an excellent cast of stars and character actors, and an amazing car chase through the crowded ...