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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.
i'm so glad that the romance was just a throwaway line during the credits and not an actual plot point in the film
i only watched this because of charlize theron and er, the movie was bad. charlize is the only highlight and they didn't even do her justice bye
It still has a little charm...
Edward's mustache > the movie
This was a decent remake to a film I really liked from the late 60's, starring Sir Michael Caine, which was probably the best thing Peter Collinson ever did. I haven't checked out anything yet by F. Gary Gray, as lately I've forced myself mainly to see the works from the 20's-60's, just to get caught up on the classics per se, but I've heard from cinephiles I respect that he's quite a good American director of recent vintage. I was intrigued by the promising cast, though Mark Wahlberg is pretty much hit-and-miss with me.
At first blush, until the first main plot twist, I was underwhelmed, but the picture grew thoroughly in strength for me after that first ripple…
By the numbers heist movie with exceptional cast.
Be interesting to see if Charlize drives a Mini in Fast & Furious 8.
Hadn't watched in a couple of years, tons of fun still. Probably my fave heist film... well one of them.
definitely a fun heist film. not much value other than that, though
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
originally this list had a very specific focus- now it's basically just english-language action cinema post-matrix.