|The Italian Job|
Despite leaving out the charm and cheekiness of the earlier film, this is an efficient and enjoyable romp. Gray's adept direction is fairly anonymous, relying on the action scenes to propel the film. The key is a decent script full of humorous touches and nicely underplayed by the cast. Wahlberg is bland as ever, but manages to hold things together, helped by the sexy and emotional Theron and the cocky and hilarious gang around them. The plot has some good twists in it, avoiding the expected for something we never see coming, even though what happens isn't terribly creative really. It's the kind of film that's great fun to watch, even though we never have any doubt at all how it will end up, especially as gears up for the requisite extended climactic action sequence. You can almost feel the filmmakers straining to come up with something new: "Hey, how about flying a helicopter in a tunnel underneath downtown" (erm, didn't they see Mission Impossible?). But never mind, there's nothing wrong with this film--it's fun and engaging, and once you realise that it's nothing like the original, you hardly miss that film's camp wit and freewheeling spirit. Much.
dir F Gary Gray|
scr Donna Powers, Wayne Powers
with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton, Donald Sutherland, Seth Green, Mos Def, Franky G, Olek Krupa, Boris Krutonog, Gawtti, Aaron Speiser
release US 30.May.03; UK 19.Sep.03
Heroic trio: Wahlberg, Theron and the film's real star...
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|"Another movie with cool cars and an interesting chase scene. Of movies I've seen recently, I would almost say I liked this one the best. It has some interesting plot twists - another movie where you wonder how they are gonna get out of this? I guess the moral of the story is don't get the Ukrainians mad at you." --Laurie T, Minneapolis 13.Jun.03|
Shadows attended a press conference with Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, in London to publicise their remake of the classic British film The Italian Job. Oh, excuse me: Homage. While Wahlberg seems strangely short and stocky (albeit very muscly), Charlize is a statuesque beauty oozing movie star glamour. Both were sharp and witty, and they teased each other mercilessly. Words and (dodgy) pics by Rich Cline...|
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