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The Italian Job
Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4
There's a high-stakes heist, a deadly double-cross, missing gold, a
gaggle of guys and one gal. How many times have you seen this kind of movie?
Dozens, perhaps? This lackluster remake of Michael Caine's jaunty 1969 comic
caper is almost a complete waste of time.
Mark Wahlberg stars as a criminal mastermind who's taking over for
retiring Donald Sutherland after one last heist, the titular Italian job.
Inevitably, there's a glitch, not in the robbery but in the getaway through the
Austrian Alps, as one of the gang gets greedy. But you saw all this in the
Coming Attractions and commercials, right? Anyway, when duplicitous Edward
Norton gets nasty, grabbing $35 million in gold bullion, a revenge scheme is
inevitable. The only spark of originality propels the two chase sequences: the
first using speedboats through the twisting canals of Venice and the second
involving a trio of pint-sized BMW Mini Coopers - red, white and blue -
maneuvering through traffic gridlock in Los Angeles with a sinister black
helicopter in dogged pursuit. Its resemblance to a video-game is surely not
Director F. Gary Gray ("A Man Apart") and his clich‚-prone screenwriters
(husband-and-wife team: Wayne and Donna Powers) seem merely to be going through
the methodical motions. As a result, Edward Norton, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize
Theron, who plays Sutherland's safe-cracking daughter, deliver the most bland,
nondescript, uninteresting performances of their respective careers, while Seth
Green, Mos Def and Jason Statham score in somewhat comic supporting roles. On
the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Italian Job" is a formulaic,
forgettable 4. You've seen it all in the trailer, so why bother with this dud?
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger
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