The Italian Job
Special Edition, Collector's Edition
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After being double-crossed by a partner, a gang of life-long criminals hatch a brilliant plan to get their gold back and to even the score with the double-crosser. They plan to rob a armored car by creating a massive traffic jam in Los Angeles.
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What it is: a pretty good, old fashioned caper.
There's lots of gold and a team of experts out to get it. Predictably, there's a classic case of backstabbing amongst the thieves who did the job (I don't think I'm spoiling anything here -- any movie where the first 15 minutes are of a job going smoothly, you KNOW there's going to be a doublecross to set off the next hour and a half of film). We then follow the team as they go on a mission of vengence both to reclaim their booty and to get even with their wayward associate.
The clever bit is the planning that goes into the operations. A lot of movies replace interesting plans with high speed car chases, giving us nothing but an action film. The Italian Job is a caper foremost and an action movie secondly, heralding back to the days when movies survived on the merit of the script rather than the special effects budget.
I enjoyed the movie a lot, it just goes to show that with the right cast and a good script, you don't need to smash 6-figures worth of vehicles to make it worth watching.