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movie reviewmovie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Entrapment

Starring: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Jon Amiel
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 105 Minutes
Release Date: April 1999
Genres: Action, Romance, Thriller

*Also starring: Ving Rhames, Will Patton, Maury Chaykin, Kevin McNally, Terry O'Neill, David Yip

Review by Suzdal
3½ stars out of 4

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 subplot.

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.

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