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 of time to see a good movie with her beau, I can tell you what I think of this new remake.
For those of you with no idea what this story is about - here's a quick synopsis (I don't want to ruin anything now do I?). A band of 6 thieves, all with their own talents come in for this particular job of stealing tons of gold bars (ohyea!). However, things don't go quite as they had planned...at all. A few years later it's time to try again - and this time they're serious about it.
There's a great cast here, putting out something you wouldn't expect from a few - who knew Mark Walberg (Charlie Croker - brains behind operations) wasn't just a pretty boy? And for once Donald Sutherland (John Bridger - more brains) didn't creep me out. Would you like to know the rest?
We have Jason Statham (anyone seen the Transporter?) who is the guy that can drive anything, anywhere, at any speed (preferably over 100 mph) and who's known as Handsome Rob. There's Seth Green (always a favorite, he seems so versatile) who is the computer genius that can hack into pretty much anything with an electric hook-up. His name is Lyle...and eventually The Napster (don't worry, he'll explain). Then there's Mos Def, a.k.a. Left Ear - the guy that blows stuff up. Is anyone reminded of Ocean's 11 at this point in time? Of course there's always gotta be the lovely girl around, who happens to be Charlize Theron as Stella Bridger, the daughter (doy) of John Bridger. Last and well, least (but not because of his acting ability) is Edward Norton who plays Steve...the *sshole. Sorry, had to say it.
One thing I liked about the movie (well, aside from almost everything and the good action scenes) was the fact that there was no sex or sex-like stuff. At one point in time Charlie and Stella are in the same room together, sitting on a bed and my bf leaned over and said (so like a guy...), "They're gonna do it!" I admit I thought he was right until Charlie left. No sex! Frankly, I thought it was pretty cool that for once a movie doesn't have to utilize sex or making out to make things interesting. After all, couldn't a lot of us have done without that 10 minute segment in the Matrix Reloaded? =P
Though sometimes it felt like this movie was going a little slow, one must take into account that these guys do have to plan things and you have to know if you're going to be able to follow along. There are a couple of turns that can throw you for a loop, and as in any good movie you know there's going to be a chase in, a dose of action. Of course, there's always a nice, happy ending to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Hooray for the good guys! Well...the thieves...well...let's just face it, they were good. ^_~
My review is Lean-N-Mean!
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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