Monday, October 11, 2004

A job perfectly done....

The Italian Job (Paramount)

U.S. Release Date: 5/30/03 (wide) Running Length: 1:46 MPAA Classification: PG-13 (Violence, profanity) Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def, Donald Sutherland Director: F. Gary Gray Producer: Donald De Line Screenplay: Donna Powers & Wayne Powers, based on the 1969 screenplay by Troy Kennedy-Martin Cinematography: Wally Pfister U.S. Distributor: Paramount Pictures Review This is a light movie very stylishly made and well even though after watching the movie you will find that something is missing. Its a story about a heist and is based on the game version of it. Charlie Croker ( Mark Wahlberg) is the wheelman of the gang of theives which includes Donald Sutherland, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Mos Def and Seth Green. The film begins with a interesting heist of a safe in Venice, Italy establishing the story line of how the team is proficient in planning a theft with modern intelligence and organized planning. The team gets double crossed in this heist and thus results in building up the plot of how they get the loot back with the help of Stella ( Charlize Theron), who is a professional safe opener and is motivated by the thought of getting back at the double crosser and thus helping Charlie in his quest for revenge and regaining lost loot. A simple story made interesting in bits and pieces.. good humor thrown in to balance the bland script... specially the flashback and the funny comments...Seth Green looks adorable ... Editing is neat and you can watch this movie without a bat of an eyelid and feel good about it. It does not however hold the suspense of a great thriller but it has its moments of being taken by surprise... I would rather call it a soft thriller.. which is like a good way to spend a lazy evening without thinking too much.... By the way it also has shades of bollywood making providing dhin chak music ... LOLOL.. I was expecting a hard core serious movie about the heist being a big part of the movie.. but was kind of disappointed as the story unfolded but it was ok .. this will not create a big impression on you but will sustain you throughout the movie... The best part of the movie is the Mini Cooper which they use throughout the movie to move fast and without much obstacle. I have fallen in love with this Mini... Some words to remember it by ... "There are [thieves] who steal to enrich their lives, and ones who steal to define their lives"


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