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After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.
Did anyone else think it was strange that Mos Def played a guy who was deaf in one ear?
Well this is just fucking shit, isn't it?
I want to make something clear from the outset though. It's nothing to do with the fact that it's a remake. I couldn't give a toss about that and I wasn't judging it against the original. So I just wanted to clear that up from the start.
The thing is that I guess I should give this version some credit for trying to be its own film and really having very few similarities to the original at all. But maybe this was an occasion where they might actually have been better off just remaking the original as closely as they possibly could. Why? Because…
F. Gary Gray's "The Italian Job" is a blast. Built on jazzy energy, a pitch-perfect cast, and a sophisticated look, Gray's action-heist pops with an infectious spirit and sense of well-heeled fun. It is a colorful, quick-paced crowd pleaser that easily ranks as one of the '00's best action films.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Mos Def, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, and Edward Norton, "The Italian Job" revolves around a gang of thieves who attempt a vengeance-driven heist on a former one of their own. A remake of a 1969 film, the current action outing combines smart plotting with fast cars and a lively sense of adventure.
Gray takes the entertaining story and creates something electric and inviting. Elevated by…
Enjoyable in parts, but kind of drags in other.
The Italian Job seems like a less star studded (yet still almost full of them) version of Ocean's Eleven.
There are less stars in the cast, the heist is a little less clever, and mostly the director and script are not on the same level.
Still, it is an enjoyable caper film.
I do have to credit it where its due. The heist in the beginning, and especially the end are really fun to watch.
Watching Mini Coopers driving all over the city with gold in their trunks, while evading bikes and a chopper is an awesome sight to see.
My only problems with the film is that the script could…
F Gary Gray's The Italian Job is mindless entertainment and nothing more.
Set in Venice the first heist you get is on the water with a damn great boat chase.
The film then reaches a drag point that leaves you wanting more action although the performances are really good from the mix of great actors and we'll known ones it's the action that I craved through out.
The final heist was done with expertise that lead to a predictable ending.yet the action led to a entertaining film for most of the way through.
So silly, and over the top, but unabashedly so. There's nothing about "The Italian Job" to particularly call amazing, but there's so much charm to it whether it's the characters, or the wonderful back and forth between the fun cast, that makes it immensely fun and entertaining to watch. Gray's slick direction with the action set-pieces, and the fun cast makes it all the more entertaining. Plus Charlize Theron in tank tops.
definitely a fun heist film. not much value other than that, though
The Italian Job defines the word fun.
Love the movie
After seeing this and the Ocean's Eleven in the same day, it is hard to draw a comparison where The Italian Job offers anything that Ocean's Eleven doesn't do better. This is the nature of an unfair comparison. The two movies were not meant to be seen as side-by-side pieces, though they do share more than a few similarities. Both are remakes featuring a large all-star ensemble brought together by the promise of a payday upon completion of an enormous heist.
Alone, The Italian Job does a more than adequate job of introducing each member of the crew, bonding and endearing them to each other, and then pulling off the heist. It falls slightly in some script missteps and is…
What if the Oceans movies had a cast of mostly none actors, a guy who hasn't hit his stride yet(Walburg) and instead had the best actor killed off 15 minutes into the movie?
Then you'd have this film. A film with some pretty great action sequences, but not many good acting sequences. It's overall just a messy remake that really missed the mark for me. I could see how some people like this movie, but to me it's really more of an ad for Mini Coopers. I'd pass it, but some of the action scenes are notable.
In the past decade or two remakes of old classics have become a dime a dozen. Some of them are decent enough and others are "What the hell were they thinking" quality. The remake of The Italian Job is of the former type... IMO. Decent, with a great cast, fast paced story line and entertaining visuals. The stellar cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham and Donald Sutherland to name just a few. Ed Norton makes a great choice as the weaselly antagonist.. that you just love to see get it in the end. It was a fun re-watch, and it hadn't lost any of its luster since that first time I saw it.
Al ser el remake de uno de los clasicos de los sesentas tuvo que tener mucho cuidado en el manejo del guion, y así lo fue. Con buenas actuaciones y con un antagonista bien trabajado, el resultado es bueno a secas. El argumento jamas se viene abajo, los cambios de ritmo y los nudos narrativos son perfectamente bien realizados.
Like oceans 11 with a less attractive, and less talented cast of actors
feels kind of generic heist but it’s got a tight runtime, and enough fun surprises to keep things fun to watch
their plans never seem impossible to pull off. some of these hiest movies have supervillain levels of over-planning. knowing things they couldn’t have known. only succeed by someone doing a very specific action at a very specific time
cast has enough chemistry to not suck, and with exception of a half asleep Edward Norton, all put in their time
I remember really liking this when I saw it a billion years ago. In a post-Fast Five/Furious 6 world, not so much. Though it makes so much sense that F. Gary Gray is directing #8 after re-watching this.
Help me out with this one guys.
I think Some Like it Hot is the one that marked me the…
originally this list had a very specific focus- now it's basically just english-language action cinema post-matrix.