Gone in 60 Seconds
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Academy Award(R)-winners Nicolas Cage (1996 Best Actor, LEAVING LAS VEGAS; ADAPTATION, MATCHSTICK MEN) and sexy Angelina Jolie (1999 Best Supporting Actress, GIRL INTERRUPTED; LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER) ride an unstoppable wave of speed and adrenaline in this hot, egdy action hit from high-octane producer Jerry Bruckheimer (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, PEARL HARBOR). Legendary car booster Randall "Memphis" Raines (Cage) thought he'd left the fast lane behind -- until he's forced out of retirement in a do-or-die effort to save his kid brother (Giovanni Ribisi, LOST IN TRANSLATION, TV's FRIENDS) from the wrath of an evil mobster! But with speed to burn and attitude to spare, Memphis hastily reassembles his old crew -- a rogues' gallery including Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall (1983 Best Actor, TENDER MERCIES; OPEN RANGE) -- and floors it in a full-throttle race to pull off the ulimate car heist: 50 exotic beauties in 24 hours -- and the cops are already on to them! Directed by Dominic Sena and written by Scott Rosenberg, GONE IN 60 SECONDS is an action-packed thrill ride that comes out fast and never slows down.
Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi) is a cocky young car thief working with a crew to steal 50 cars for a very bad man whose nickname is "The Carpenter." Being young and cocky, Kip messes up, so it's up to his big brother, Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage), to come out of car thief retirement and save him. With a cast that includes Robert Duvall, Angelina Jolie, Delroy Lindo, Cage, and Ribisi, it would be easy to say this story wastes all their talents--which it does, but that's not the point. This is a Jerry Bruckheimer film. A good story and complex characters would only get in the way of the action scenes and slow the movie down. No, Gone in 60 Seconds (based on the cult 1974 film of the same name) is not about the stars as much as it's about cars. Fast cars. Rare cars. Wrecked cars. All cars. Too bad director Dominic Sena (Kalifornia) doesn't come across as more of a gearhead; he seems less interested in fast cars than fast cuts. But is this movie fun? Absolutely, and it's fun because it's so stupid. With pointless car chases and hackneyed dialogue in one of the most predictable plots of the year, Gone in 60 Seconds is a comic film that's not quite a parody of itself, but darn close. --Andy Spletzer
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If you can suspend reality a bit, the movie is fun. It's tough to watch with my boyfriend because he is always pointing out how unrealistic everything is. I saw the movie for what it is: Pure fun. It's not an Oscar type movie that is supposed to provoke deep thoughts.
My problems with it - 1) Angelina Jolie was not in it enough. 2) I'm not a fan of Ribisi and his character seemed like a whiny little baby the entire movie. 3) I had to make myself ignore the zillions of unrealistic things that happened (ie: the helicopter flying 15 feet off the ground chasing the Shelby GT).
Basically it's a fun flick to watch if you like pretty cars, but people who are very analytical about movies will probably hate it.
but the acting is god awful almost unable to watch. the acting in the remake is MILES better, the story is crisp and stands up well. the cast is great and you believe they live in that world. it does not stand up to the original when it comes to car stunts. the 1973 ford mustang Mach 1 took an amazing amount of abuse and still runs to this day, the remake used the wrong mustang and CGI. but over all a great movie and it gets watched 3 to 4 times a year.
Anyway, the storyline is decent, plausible, and not overly-done (like a Fast and Furious movie). I like the character Cage plays, even though it's the same in most of his movies. I really like Robert Duvall's character in this movie and he brought a lot of...what's the word...class(?), dignity(?) to this movie. And the chase scene with Eleanor rivals the best ever done (Bullit), and personally I think it beats it. Fun movie I don't get tired of watching over and over.
And really, this movie has been out for 10 years...I'm just brushing up on writing reviews.