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The Italian Job

By | 2018-03-21T18:32:19+01:00 August 12th, 2008|Reviews|

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Date: 2002

Director: F. Gary Gray

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton

A woeful reshaping of the 1969 Michael Caine heist flick, which, truth be told, had plenty of holes. The original was set cleverly in Turin, this one gets L.A., but the result is the same: lots of cute cars (Mini Coopers), flummoxed cops, traffic jams, and a host of nary-a-pimple thieves (Charlize Theron is a safecracker). The movie’s Venice opening is a treat for the grand speedboat getaway, but the movie’s people seem like cardboard figures lying in wait for action sequences. Of sincere Mark Wahlberg’s Charlie Croker you might say (to paraphrase Lloyd Bensten on Dan Quayle): “Mr. Walhberg, I saw Michael Caine, and you sir are no Michael Caine…” Director F. Gary Gray makes his living on snappy music videos. It shows.

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David Trask
Hong Kong based David Trask is a longtime freelance movie reviewer.

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