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The Italian Job (2003) 2003

PG-13 CC

Thieves plan to pull off the heist of their lives by creating Los Angeles' largest traffic jam ever.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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By CodeMaster Talon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 1, 2003
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 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).
But things don't go quite as planned, and one year later Charlie reassembles his mates, plus his mentor's daughter (Charlize Theron) to take revenge on the man who betrayed them and set things right once and for all.
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.
GRADE: A-
(By the way, I LOVED the way our heroes never carried guns or shot anybody. Old school baby!)
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"The Italian Job" is your classic summer movie: one villain, one hero, one beautiful intelligent woman, one computer geek, one ladies' man, one explosive expert, shake, stir, add a bunch of car chases, a few last-minute surprises, voila. The story is about a group of master thieves led by Donald Sutherland cleverly steal $35 million in gold bars from a safe in Venice, only to have it stolen again. The group must pursue the villain to get the gold back, using Mission-Impossible style technology and an enormous amount of wit.
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.'
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Format: DVD
This is a truly terrific caper movie, one that works well by both showcasing the emerging star power of both Mark 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 and large been disappointing affairs indeed, it would be a relief to consider more caper flicks like this. Enjoy!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First of all, the film is terrific for its plot, acting and beautiful scenes but when you see it in Blu Ray you feel as though you can reach out and touch it. Crystal clarity and natural colors elevate the movie experience causing me to want to see it over and over again. Enjoy
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�Trust everybody, just not the devil inside.�
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.
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