The Italian Job
Before I even get into what I think of the new remake of
the old Michael Caine heist film The Italian Job, I have to take the
opportunity to seriously complain about the promotion for the film.
Specifically, I am pissed off at the people who made up the coming
attractions ad. It is more proof, if any is needed, that movie
trailers give up WAY too much information. A major plot twist about
fifteen minutes into the film would have been rather shocking... if not for
the fact that this occurrence was blatantly shown off in the trailer I'd
been seeing for months. Not only that, it showed most of the major
plot points coming down the line, even hinting at the final twist in a film
that otherwise would rely mostly on the element of surprise.
The Italian Job as a good popcorn caper, but it
does put a dent in the audience's enjoyment. In the twisty-turny
landscape of this film, I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been shown
a detailed map of coming storylines. But enough critiquing the
trailer, let's get back to the movie. This is
not enough to ruin
The Italian Job is
a slick and enjoyable thriller, has a fun, attractive cast, beautiful
settings and impressive stunts. An odd group of bank thieves (Donald
Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green and Mos
Def) plan and pull off a brilliant robbery of gold bars on the canals of
Venice. When one of the robbers double-crosses the rest, the others
decide to plot an intricate revenge on the traitor.
This leads them to Charlize Theron, playing a safe expert in Philadelphia. They work out
their plan in the City of Brotherly Love before going to Los Angeles to pull
the job. The heist is wonderfully complex, involving explosives,
surveillance, computers, tying up traffic, helicopters, trains, scooters and
a bunch of Mini Coopers. The little cars are almost the star of the
show, running down stairways, up subway tracks, and into tight parking
spaces with apparent ease.
The final job is a fun action rush, though
I think if you thought too much about the specifics, it may fall apart.
But thinking too much isn't what you're supposed to do in a film like The
Italian Job, if you just suspend disbelief and give into the movie's
you will enjoy The Italian Job. If you can possibly see the movie before seeing the coming attractions
trailer, it will be even better. (5/03)
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Posted: July 30, 2003.