A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.
Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.
Stephen Campbell Moore
Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.
Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.
Led by John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) and Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) a team is assembled for one last heist to steal $35 million in gold bars from a heavily guarded safe in Venice, Italy. After successfully pulling off the heist, a team member, Steve (Edward Norton), driven by greed and jealousy, arranges to take the gold for himself and eliminate the remaining members of the group. Thinking the team dead, he returns to L.A. with the gold. Charlie and the survivors of this betrayal follow Steve L.A. to exact revenge against the traitor. Charlie enlists the help of John Bridger's daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron) - a professional safe cracker, to get revenge. With Stella and the hacking skills of Lyle (Seth Green), the explosives skills of "Left Ear" (Mos Def), and the driving skills of "Handsome" Rob (Jason Statham) this new team plans and executes a daring heist that weaves through the freeways and subways of L.A. Written by
In interviews, Jason Statham said that in addition to the stunt driving course they all received, he got two days' driving tuition from Damon Hill, the British ex-world champion Formula 1 driver. However, all the cast members acknowledged that Charlize Theron was easily the best driver among them. See more »
When Mashkov and Charlie tell Steve they've made a deal, Steve says, "We're the only ones here with guns." Given that Mashkov's men have disarmed Steve and are holding him at gunpoint, this makes no sense. See more »
Gold thieves take their revenge on a double-crosser and murderer in their midst
"The Italian Job" (2003) is a long movie. At first it's engaging, but eventually it becomes tiresome. It becomes mechanical and distant. Its emotions become pseudo-emotions. Its characters become stock characters without depth. The gang relies heavily on super-computer and hacking whiz kid operations, and this has a magical or unreal aspect, convenient for a superficial kind of story. The gang is a politically correct assortment. The actors are actually given little to do of a substantial nature. Donald Sutherland has become more charismatic as he got older, but he's bumped off early in the movie.
Overall, I was disappointed. After seeing it, I wondered how this compared to a more robust classic caper movie like "Topkapi". There we have a super and superior cast of actors, and each one creates a memorable character. They face a challenge and we see how they work to overcome each part of it more or less realistically. The caper engages us thoroughly. There is no need for chases or outrageously extraordinary deeds such as are depicted in "The Italian Job". A feeling of realism is maintained. One can watch "Topkapi" again some time without feeling bored. I cannot imagine watching "The Italian Job" (2003) again. Why would I want to? What is there in it that bears re-watching?
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