Mastermind thief Charlie Croker, executed the perfect heist, but the one
thing he never saw coming was from a member
of his own crew. After swiping gold bullion from a heavily
guarded palazzo in Venice, Italy, Charlie and his posse--inside man Steve,
NAPSTER Lyle, wheelman Handsome Rob, explosives expert Left-Ear and
veteran safecraker John Bridger--can't believe it when one of them turns out to
be a double crosser. Now the job isn't about the payoff, it's about payback!
Enter Stella, a beautiful nerves of steel safecracker, who joins Charlie and his
former gang after her dad is killed by Steve, where they plan to
re-steal the gold in one of their most elaborate heists to date.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this Paramount
Pictures movie is Mini Coopers and for good reason. The niche cars prove to
be invaluable in this remake of a 1969 classic. The Mini Coopers provide a
hip feel to this modernistic remake filled with many different subplots. The
nice thing about this movie is that it provides entertainment on a wide
level due to a variety of characters (Handsome Rob, Napster, etc) and the
coolness of the Mini Cooper.
This movie was re-released due to its popularity and did well during the
labor day weekend following modest revenues in the summer of sequels. Mark
Wahlberg gives a convincing performance as a locksmith thief with creative
talents and a desire for setting things right. Charlize Theron and Edward
Norton do decent jobs as secondary characters portraying their angst against
Wahlberg and the lifestyles they lead.
In a world of crime and right and wrong these characters perform a good
job using ideal cinematography techniques without using state-of-the-art
computer graphics and exaggerated storylines. This movies premise is revenge
and setting things right and it doesn't go off on a tangent keeping a
concise plot with charismatic characters along the way.
Since the movie is concise and to the point it accentuates other idiosyncrasies
in the movie such as Napster and character traits in this thriller. The
movie attempts to be cool through niche cars (Mini Coopers), diverse
characters (Napster and Handsome Rob), and dialogue (rarely insightful, but
rather standoffish through conversations and actions).
In short if you are looking for a cool movie with niche cars and lots of
fun and laughs, your search ends here. With comical subplots and diversity
in character development this movie provides an entertaining thrill ride for
a wide demographic
See this movie if you're a fan of:
Italian Job (1969)
James Bond (popular movie franchise starring Roger Moore, Sean Connertm
and Pierce Brosnon)
The Score (1999)
Mark Wahlberg (The Perfect Storm, Boogie Nights)
Edward Norton (Fight Club, The Score)