From the director of the excellent Weaver/Hunter thriller "Copycat" and
the dissapointing Bill Murray comedy "The Man Who Knew Too Little" this
film is pure Hollywood and wonderfully so. It entertains and dazzles
without aspiring to importance.
Entrapment is an caper film with a touch of class. Stylish and
elegant it's reminiscent of the gentler 50's and 60's thrillers rather
than the explosion-heavy recent crop. Without sex, explosions,
blood or even bad language (as far as I can recall) it still manages to
be fast-paced and entertaining.
Sean Connery portrays Mac, an aging cat-burglar with a legendary
reputation. He's the type who steals for the love of the art and a true
enjoyment of the artistry of theft. He loves the game. Catherine
Zeta-Jones plays Gin, a brilliant and gorgeous insurance agent out to
catch him. Or is she?
Before I saw this I expected to be distracted by the age difference, but
it's handled so beautifully that it adds to the story instead of
detracting. With Connery as the older man the physical attraction is
believable and within the storyline it makes even more sense for Gin to
be infatuated with this legendary figure. On his part Connery plays the
role of a strong man in his twilight years half-attracted and half-bemused
by this woman, with a gentle and even paternal edge. It works wonderfully
and adds a melancholy touch to what could have otherwise been a tawdry
The plot itself is fun and exciting enough to carry the movie along.
there's enough action and suspense to keep things interesting and
the gadgetry is at a level even Bond would be proud of.
If "The Thomas Crown Affair" is as fun as this then I welcome the return
of the classic caper movie. It's about time.