The Italian Job -
Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action, Crime

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def, Donald Sutherland

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Written by: Troy Kennedy-Martin and Donna Powers

Length: 104 minutes

Rated: PG-13 for violence and some language

Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron

Synopsis: While pulling the biggest job of their careers a group of thieves are betrayed by one of their own. Now they decide to get revenge and get their gold back by creating a huge Los Angeles traffic jam.

Review: If nothing else see this movie for the Mini Coopers. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this movie, but those cars! Wow. All Coopers aside, this movie had some funny moments. It was the typical action extravaganza, including slick car chases, smirky quips, and that look-how-cool-I-am attitude. There was always something held back to surprise the audience with, but it never needed to rely on cheap plot twists. Instead it gets by on decent writing and smooth direction. I did find it a little odd, however, that they decided to keep the movie PG-13. They kept all of the swearing low-key, which drew unnecessary attention to itself.

I’ve always found Mark Wahlberg a little stiff in his acting, although he is getting better. Besides, the supporting cast was strong enough to make up for any faults of the lead. Edward Norton does a terrific sleazy con man. Seth Green is comical as tech-man obsessed with the fact that his old college roommate, Shawn Fanning, stole the idea of Napster from him. Charlize Theron is sexy and smart as a skillful lock and safe technician.

This movie is worth seeing in the theaters, especially for the previously mentioned Mini Cooper scenes.


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