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Mastermind thief Charlie Croker pulls of an amazing gold bullion heist from a heavily guarded palazzo in Venice, Italy, only to be double-crossed by one of his crew. Seeking revenge, Charlie recruits Stella, a beautiful nerves-of-steel safe cracker, and along with his former gang, follows the backstabber to California where thye plan to re-steal the gold.
Action Crime - This movie is NOT the action packed thriller it appears to be from
the previews. It has some nice action at the beginning and at the
end but the middle consists of mostly dialog and planning the caper.
There's a decent amount of suspense from the action and the crime
caper, but this isn't an especially thrilling movie. It's primarily
a drama with some humor.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 1 GD, 8 A-words, 6 S-words. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some non-graphic killing. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking. ACTION: A nice chase scene at the beginning and at the end. COMEDY: Several mildly funny comments and scenes.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the
job done. There are some problems, but, for the most part, I was entertained.
There's a fair amount of suspense, and I was generally impressed by the
thoroughness of the caper plots. It delivers all that one could reasonably hope
Review Good "The Italian Job is nothing more, or less, than a slick
caper movie with stupendous chase scenes and a truly ingenious way to steal $35
million in gold bars from a safe in a Venetian palazzo. This is just the movie
for two hours of mindless escapism on a relatively skilled professional level.''
Review Average "Hollywood can't resist making stupid caper movies because
they keep the industry going, akin to what Goobers and that oozy nacho cheese do
for concession stands. But do yourself a favor and resist The Italian Job,
a lazy and in-name-only remake of 1969's G-rated Michael Caine heist pic.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "The original ITALIAN JOB was primarily an excuse to show
off the mod cast and the Mini Coopers. This version moves like a freight train,
but suffers from a debilitating charm deficit. Wahlberg is no Michael Caine and
Norton delivers what must be the sourest, most lifeless performance of his
career to date. And really, when a pint-sized automobile has more sex appeal
than Charlize Theron, something is seriously out of whack.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
The majority of the opinions are in the "Very Good" to "Excellent" range, which obviously indicates a movie most enjoyed very much. However, the somewhat low number of "Fantastic" opinions coupled with the somewhat high number of "Very Good" and lower opinions tells me that relatively few thought it was great.
Still, this is a movie I can easily recommend, since I'm confident that most will find it enjoyable, at least to some degree.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
First let me say that this movie is NOT the action packed story it appears to be from the previews. There's some exciting chase action at the beginning and at the end ,but the middle consists of a lot of talking and planning. This isn't a bad thing, because it's still entertaining, but it's just not what most would go in expecting.
I enjoyed The Italian Job, but I didn't think it was great. It's just a slightly above average crime caper movie that has a decent amount of humor and action with some entertaining plot twists. I believe most will enjoy The Italian Job.
The plan was flawless... the job
was executed perfectly.. .the escape was clean. The only threat mastermind thief
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) never saw coming was from a member of his own
crew. After pulling off an amazing gold bullion heist from a heavily guarded
palazzo in Venice, Italy, Charlie and his gang inside man Steve (Edward Norton),
computer genius Lyle (Seth Green), wheelman Handsome Rob (Jason Statham),
explosives expert Left-Ear (Mos Def) and veteran safecracker John Bridger
(Donald Sutherland) can't believe it when one of them turns out to be a
double-crosser. Now the job isn't about the payoff, it's about payback!
Enter Stella (Charlize
Theron). a beautiful nerves-of-steel safecracker, who joins Charlie and his
former gang when they follow the backstabber to California. where they plan to
re-steal the gold by tapping into Los Angeles' traffic control system,
manipulating signals and creating one of the biggest traffic jams in L.A.