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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.
The Italian Job (F. Gary Gray, 2003) 5/10
Elaborate remake of the 1960s classic heist film with a great opening sequence set in Venice. A gang of professional thieves (Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def), led by John Bridger (Donald Sutherland in the part played by Noël Coward in the original) and Crocker (Mark Wahlberg substituting for Michael Caine) manage to pull off a spectacular gold bullion heist but are betrayed by one of their own members (Edward Norton) and left for dead in an icy lake. The plot shifts to Los Angeles some time later with the survivors joining up with the deceased Bridger's daughter (Charlize Theron) to plan revenge on the rogue who betrayed them. From that delirious…
Me watching this 1 year ago: ahh **** me Edward Norton
Me watching this today: ahh **** me Charlize Theron
This exhilarating action-packed movie is quite satisfying for what it intends to be: an exciting, fast-paced fun ride that benefits from a great dose of humor, a fine cast and the beauty of its locations, especially Venice.
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The Italian Job was about a daughter helping her dad's old crew seek revenge on a man that double-crossed her father. Despite a stellar cast, the movie was a bit stodgy. The story-line has been done so many times so this movie needed to add something special to make it memorable, but it fell flat.
For some reason, this movie was always high on my watchlist, but I was never able to push myself to go out of my way to watch it. Guess what? I still did not go out of my way because the only reason I watched the movie & made it to the end was becaue of my brother. If he was not there, The Italian Job…
Charlize Theron hitting Edward Norton in the face makes this whole thing worth it
i just realized mos def is in this
one my favourite heist films not even sorry
i mean, come on... edward norton playing the bad guy? charlize theron???10/10 would recommend
Great heist movie!
i'm so glad that the romance was just a throwaway line during the credits and not an actual plot point in the film
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
Also, anything mentioning…