65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I liked him, right up until the moment I shot him."
Well done! Now THIS is what I call a popcorn movie. No big drama, no great life issues; just a fun plot, great action, and good looking people packing the screen. "The Italian Job", a remake of the 1969 Michael Caine flick, is cinema escapism at its best and a great bet for a Friday night date.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Charlie, acting head of a gang of high-tech, high...
Published on June 1, 2003 by CodeMaster Talon
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VROOM!!!
The popcorn has finished popping, the couch is welcoming, the fun is ready to be had.
How could you NOT like "The Italian Job"? Once this movie crosses the finish line, you actually feel like you just regained that precious 105 minutes you lost watching...oh, hell, I don't know, "Maid in Manhattan".
Donald Sutherland plays a thief who, with his crew members (Mark...
Published on November 25, 2003 by Matthew Perri
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I liked him, right up until the moment I shot him.",
Mark Wahlberg stars as Charlie, acting head of a gang of high-tech, high class thieves. He's taking over for his mentor (played by the always welcome Donald Sutherland) as his team sets up a brilliant scheme for $35,000,000 in gold bars (the "Italian Job" of the title).
The action here is splendid, imaginative and well filmed. The script is tight, with plenty of snappy lines to go around (including a great running gag about just who invented Napster) and the musical score is surprisingly nice. All the actors have fun with their roles, especially Seth Green as a computer geek and Edward Norton as the slimy bad guy. And of course there's Wahlberg.
I like Mark Wahlberg. I can't help it. I like him more with every movie he makes. I like his quiet, confident walk, his little boy smile, and the way his forehead crinkles whenever somebody yells at him. He seems to actually get better looking as the movie goes along, and his chemistry with Theron is low-key but sexy.
I give "The Italian Job" five stars not because it was a masterpiece, but because I had a great time and know the film will hold up well with future viewings (it was a lot like "Ocean's Eleven" in this regard). Go on and see it; you'll like it. And probably want a Mini when you get out.
(By the way, I LOVED the way our heroes never carried guns or shot anybody. Old school baby!)
65 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a ride!,
Caine then sets about assembling a cast of idiosyncratic no-hopers to carry out his bold plan, among them Benny Hill, an electronics wizard with a fondness for fat women. After much practicing, three teams in Mini Coopers (driven by "chinless wonders") set off for Italy with a bus-full or two of supporters all dressed as soccer fans. The arrival on the scene of the Mafia does little to dampen their enthusiasm and the fun really starts.
The climax of this action/farce is the car chase through the streets, sewers and even the skyline of Turin. Plenty of action, plenty of laughs and all very well paced. If anything, it's probably too short (though I don't mean the ending...) but I guess that just makes you appreciate it that much more. An old favorite which is hard to beat. Know wot I mean, Guv?
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHICH ONE I LIKE MORE.,
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This review is from: The Italian Job Gift Set (includes 1969 and 2003 Versions) (DVD)This is the right way to make a remake: fun, clever, and full of great stunts (as opposed to unbelievable CGI effects a la Charlie's Angels).
The old version is pretty good too, I bought it without having seeing it before and it didn't dissapoint. It doesn't always make sense (just what the heck did the Minis climb that huge roof for ?) but then again, who cares ?!?
Great movies which make your DVD player a great reason to exist!
62 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summer movie,
Two things raise this far above its genre: absolute super settings: a boat chase through, under, and around Venice; a set of tricked-out Mini-Cooper cars vrooming through the sewer pipes of LA like kids through a water slide. Really fine performances: Donald Sutherland as the patriarch of the thieves, Seth Green (Scott Evil from the Austin Powers movies) as the funny computer geek, and the supremely creepy Edward Norton as the villain. Only Mark Wahlberg fails to project much of a personality.
The thing I appreciated most is that none of the action was faked by computer: it's just good old-fashioned stunt-driving. It's really pretty impressive (it's 'actually happening'); as much as you might have liked this summer's Matrix movie, this one is at least as thrilling because it's 'real.'
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Intelligent and Entertaining Caper Film!,
This review is from: The Italian Job (DVD)This is a truly terrific caper movie, one that works well by both showcasing the emerging star power of both Donnie Wahlberg and Charlize Theron and also having a terrific storyline. It is also a smart and well-photographed movie that proves the old adage of depending on the use of a great story and then embellishing on it with all the bells and whistles. The plot is as believable as anything can be that posits the existence of people so smart, so devious, and so daring as to be able to do some of the things that are done here. Yet the qualms about believability quickly fade with each nosiy and exciting revving up of the action, which is well choreographed, full of pyrotechnics, and absolutely fresh and new, adding to the charm of the movie.
The cast adds immeasurably to the charm of the movie, with Donald Sutherland, Ed Norton, and several notable others lending both credence and a certain gritty feel to this tale about life on the margins, on the far side of the law. I also got the impression that given the box office success of this film; much of the crew may be back to thrill us again in an inevitable sequel. I am up for it. After all, given the aplomb and cool they displayed in driving a trio of Metros through the streets, sewers, and tunnels of Los Angeles at rush hour, and added into this mix was a certain level of style and intelligence often missing in such caper flicks, it would be fun to consider a series of such films. Compared to other recent offerings at the theater, which have by an dlarge been disappointing affairs indeed, it would be a relief to consider more caper flicks like this. Enjoy!
52 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We'll do it like the Italian Job.",
In an attempt to put a new spin on that old plot, the creators of this movie decided to have the double cross very early in the film. After a somewhat interesting heist, the gang responsible for it is betrayed by one of their own and their gold stolen. This basically makes the rest of the movie our lovable band of thieves (and very well cast for the most part I might add) getting back the loot that they rightfully stole. This early plot twist might have made for a more interesting movie had the best actor in the film (Donald Sutherland) not been killed off in the process. Don't you just hate it when that happens?
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Our main character Charlie is played by Mark Wahlberg. Now don't get me wrong, he's a likable enough fellow. And he seems to do best playing the nice guy in films. But he really doesn't do much in the way of acting in any of the films I've seen him in. If there was one actor who could be replaced by a cardboard cut-out without anyone noticing, it would be him. I seriously cannot remember him saying one memorable line in the entire film. Perhaps it's because he said them all the same...
The Cast's the Thing
Well even though our main character isn't exactly Hamlet, does that make our film derail completely? No, no, no. For he is supported by a fine cast in the grand old tradition of caper films. Seth Green (the REAL Napster), is totally hilarious in this film. Sure, we've all seen a supposedly brillaint hacker in films before, but somehow he just rises above into new levels of geek parody. And then there's my man Jason "The Transporter" Statham. This guy has just got "the Driver" and "Action Star" written all over him. He's like the new Steve McQueen of Caper and driving movies. He's too darn cool. In fact, my favorite scene in the movie is one where he steps out of the car to sweet talk a girl into giving him exactly what he needs, and Seth Green (the often stereotyped super-nerd hacker genius) starts imitating both the voice of the girl and Statham's voice. Now that's funny! And then of course we have our love-interest safe-cracker (and the daughter of the guy who got iced), and the required demolition expert. Everyone does a pretty good job in their roles, but no one else really stands out in my mind.
Get Some Action
For all the hype and popcorn popping, you'd think the minis were going to be flying down the streets of L.A. in long, extended, over-the-top driving sequences. Sorry guys, but the driving action simply ain't all that. The Bourne Identity has got a way better chase scene than this movie. So does The Transporter. Heck, so does Gone in 60 Seconds. If that's all you're interested in, by all means, rent one of those.
All in All
I'd say this movie is worth seeing once, especially if you particularly like any of the cast members or love caper-flicks. It's also suprisingly low in violence, sex, and foul-language, something of a rarity in popcorn flicks these days.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Legendary 1969 film,
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and fun, one of the better remakes this year,
The stage is set at Venice and the target is thirty-five million dollars worth of gold bullion. John Bridger, a master safecracker, is about to pull the last job of his career. Only this time he isn�t running the show, that responsibility has been passed on to his successor Charlie Crocker, the mastermind behind the whole scheme. Everything goes according to plan, until one of them decides to doublecross the rest of the group. Now, a year after that unfortunate incident, Charlie finally locates the traitor�s trail. He enlists the help of John�s daughter Stella, who happens to be an expert of safes and locks herself. Together with his former cohorts, they will attempt to reclaim what is rightfully theirs�, as well as exact revenge the person that betrayed them.
Admittedly the plot of The Italian Job follows the same set up as most caper films: a crew get together, then comes the obligatory introduction of the important players, with the explanation, the preparation and finally the completion of the heist. Despite the formulaic scenario, director Gray�s execution was so energetic and thrilling that such contrivance can be easily overlooked. There were a couple of story elements that were never fully explained to my satisfaction. Even so, these irritations did not dampen my enjoyment for the film.
�There are two kinds of thieves in the world: ones that steal to enrich their lives, and ones that steal to define their lives.�
Mark Wahlberg is likeable enough as the main character Charlie, but lacks the charisma to carry the movie himself. Luckily, the rest of the cast was more than capable of picking up the slack. Charlize Theron exudes confidence and a kind of recklessness in the role of Stella Bridger; her charm is unmistakable here. Edward Norton, on the other hand, seems to lack his usual intensity playing the villainous Steve. Seth Green is again relegated to be the token wise-cracker, don�t get me wrong, the guy is funny and does a good job as the computer wizard Lyle, but I think he is capable of much more than just the comedy relief. Jason Statham is dynamic as Handsome Rob, and Mos Def�s Left-Ear is quirky. It is a shame that Donald Sutherland�s part is so small, even though his character, John Bridger, is an important aspect of the story. I confess that for most of the film I was dreading the cliched romance between the two leads that is usually found in these movies, and to my surprise the writers never resorted to it. Choosing instead to ride the adrenaline rush all the way to the end, and The Italian Job benefited greatly because of that decision.
The Italian Job is full of kinetic energy with well-staged speedboat and car chases, it is an excellent film and a fun movie with a lot to offer for fans of the heist genre. I was pretty much caught up in the excitement after a few minutes into it, and what followed was one heck of a ride. This is what summer blockbusters are all about, having a good time.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie won't be relesed on DVD till after remake,
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Job,
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The Italian Job by F. Gary Gray (DVD - 2003)