Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
An undercover cop infiltrates an underworld subculture of Los Angeles street racers looking to bust a hijacking ring, and soon begins to question his loyalties when his new street racing friends become the prime suspects.
Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday. With Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip, and the police GRAB unit breathing down his neck, Memphis reassembles his old crew and attempts to pull off the logistically impossible. Written by
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When Kip is stealing the Porsche at the beginning of the movie, he trows a brick into the glass doors. The stone shatters both doors. In the next shot, we see him walking in and the left door (right side of the screen) is unbroken. See more »
For the next 24 hours, all your decision-making privileges have been removed. You got it?
It's cool, man.
Obviously, they're on to us. He's sniffing real close. If anything tonight appears out of place, I want you to cut bait, get out of there, and walk away. And get rid of this goddamn car!
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Before the end credits begin the screen goes black. When this happens we hear Memphis' car stall and he says "Oh don't do this to me!" See more »
Even by the standards of the adrenaline-heavy Jerry Bruckheimer action films this one still falls very short. Nicolas Cage plays a retired car thief who is suckered back into the business for one night when he has to steal twenty (or was it thirty?) cars to save his brother (Giovanni Ribisi) from being murdered by a vicious gangster (Christopher Eccleston). Trouble with this setup is that Ribisi is such an unlikable idiot that if he were my brother I'd be glad that someone else was willing to do me the favour of getting rid of him. The car chases are exciting, but so brief and overly edited that they are completely ineffectual, leaving the story's lame and mostly useless character development hanging out in the open. Angelina Jolie is criminally wasted as a ex-thief who never even gets to steal a car on her own-this is a bona fide action hero, people!
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