The Italian Job -
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
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.