Never before in the annals of product placement, not with Disney's Love Bug or Bond's Aston Martin has a car so thoroughly captured the imagination of its producer and director. Beginning as three ordinary, if zippy and sassy little urban go-mobiles, the brave little Minis are transformed into brawny, high-powered brutes that lead motorcycles on a merry chase through-and under-the streets of Los Angeles. The Coopers have great screen presence and their acting performance was by far the best of any cast member. I look forward to seeing them in other movie genres: romantic comedy would be a natural. There is one sour note however. In pursuit of a cinematic device called a 'plot', the story begins and ends in the only city in the world where there are no cars.
Lynn Hoffman, author of The New Short Course in Wine
A group of expert thieves led by mastermind Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) and his father figure mentor, John Bridger (Donald Sutherland), successfully steals 35 million dollars worth of gold from a Venetian safe. But they are quickly double-crossed by one of their own partners in crime, who kills Bridger and forces the others to plummet into an icy river, leaving them for dead. A year goes by and Croker contacts Stella (Charlize Theron), Bridger's daughter and a safe-cracking expert, … more
Pros: Great action; how about those Mini Coopers? Cons: Formulaic; largely predictable The Bottom Line: The Italian job is imaginative in places, implausible in others, but always fun to watch. There have been countless movies produced about the art (an science) of professional thievery; FX Networks is even basing a new show around the theme staring Andre Braugher of "Homicide: Life on the Street" fame. Most involve a gang … more
Pros: Seth Green cracks me up, good times in general Cons: I got a bit bored and impatient at times. The Bottom Line: You can't go wrong when you've got a gold heist about to happen (sorta). Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Now to be honest, I can't exactly compare this movie to the old one because, well, I haven't seen the old one. Ah well, it happens. But as a college girl who has plenty … more
After a master thief loses his heist in a double-cross he & his team set out to re-steal the loot by creating the largest traffic jam in la history. F. Gary Gray's thoroughly entertaining caper film--a remake of the 1969 crime classic starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward--doesn't merely imitate the original, and that is what makes it such a pleasant, wholly refreshing surprise. Mark Wahlberg stars as Charlie Croker, a smooth thief who orchestrates a flawless heist in Venice with the help of his mentor, safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland). Together with his cronies--explosives expert Left-Ear (Mos Def), tech whiz-kid Lyle (Seth Green), adrenaline junky Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), and the shady Steve (Edward Norton)--Charlie walks away with $35 million worth of precious gold bars. But just when the gang appears to be headed to freedom, Steve performs a heist of his own, killing John and running off with the gold, thinking that Charlie and his mates are all deceased. A year later, Charlie has located Steve, who is gradually selling off the gold bars in Los Angeles. With the help of John's beautiful daughter Stella (Charlize Theron), a brill...