Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.
Following the theft of a highly-secured piece of artwork, an agent convinces her insurance agency employers to allow her to wriggle into the company of an aging but active master thief. Connery's burglar takes her on suspiciously and demands rigorous training before their first job together--stealing a highly-valued mask from a chichi party. Their deepening attraction and distrust could tear apart their partnership but the promise of a bigger prize (some eight billion odd dollars) by Zeta-Jones keeps the game interesting. Only, who's playing with whom? Written by
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Maury Chaykin previously starred in "The Mask of Zorro" and in that film, the main protagonist Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas) is a thief whom becomes the masked hero Zorro. In that film, Catherine Zeta-Jones played Elena and Maury Chaykin had a small role in the film as a prison warden. See more »
When navigating through the red strings with a blindfold, Virginia gently nudges a string with her leg and it shakes, but she is said to have passed the test afterwards. See more »
This is it? Whatever happened to money? I mean where is the good old-fashioned loot?
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You won't remember much about the movie other than Catherine Zeta-Jones in the laser scene
I remember how, after seeing this movie, everyone in my office was talking about Catherine Zeta-Jones and how she was, arguably, the most beautiful woman in the world. The women in the office went to go see it after hearing all the fuss, many going just to confirm that "she isn't all that." In a way, it's a bit of a shame because it's a decent heist movie with a good plot and pretty good acting. Sean Connery was, as always, excellent in his role and the cinematography. It all gets overshadowed by the Catherine Zeta-Jones laser scene that guys will be thinking about for days (Years?).
Does any of this make the movie any less entertaining to watch? Probably not.
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