The Italian Job
Movie Stats & Links
||Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron,
Edward Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland
||Definitely teens and above.
||It's good for the both out you.
||Just Charlize in some underwear.
||A lot of things blow up and a
couple of dudes get killed.
||Lots of chasing going on.
||Lots of one-liners.
||Too many to list.
||F. Gary Gray
||Donald De Line
Alright, so the robberies in "The Italian Job" are a
little far-fetched. Alright, far-fetched isnít the right phrasing, but
I suppose the word "unbelievable" is better. But they are cool, and
cool things keep "The Italian Job" as an entertaining movie for your
buck. Just donít take it too seriously.
The Italian Job
A Movie Review
I wonít give away anything
that isnít in the trailers, so I donít consider some of these things
spoilers, but there are a couple of twists Iíll keep quiet about
because they totally add to the fun-ness of the film. Pretty much the
story goes like youíve seen: A group of thieves steal a bunch of gold
in Venice by blowing a hole in the floor directly under the safe. Then
the group is double-crossed by one of their own, Steve (Edward
Norton), who takes all of the gold for his own. Thinking heís killed
everyone else, Steve heads back to the states, but sadly for him only
the elder John (Donald Sutherland) is dead. Charlie (Mark Wahlberg),
the leader of the Venice heist, finds Steve in Los Angeles, and
enlists the help of Stella (Charlize Theron), Johnís daughter, to team
up with the rest of the crew and steal the gold back from Steve. Blah,
blah, blah, things happen, they set up an elaborate plan, it gets
spoiled when the neighbors have a party, and then magically they set
up another plan in a couple of hours that involves three Mini Coopers,
blowing a hole under an armored car so that it falls in the subway
tunnels, and the ability to control all of the stoplights on their
Yea, I know thatís a pretty basic synopsis, but thatís all you need
to know to enjoy the movie because "The Italian Job" is one where all
you need is some basic plot points and let the rest of the things take
you through the story.
Getting past the unbelievableness of the robberies, what really
makes "The Italian Job" enjoyable are the characters. Mark Wahlberg
plays a calm and collected Charlie. From his running the first heist,
to building the revenge heist against Steve, you see a slyness and
cockiness that is needed for the leader of the gang. Charlize does a
great job as the daughter looking for revenge, especially in one scene
where you know she just wants to punch Steve out for killing her
father, yet holds back knowing it would blow everything. Edward Norton
plays the creepy Steve to the hilt, always thinking he is in control,
yet not knowing what evil lurks around the corner. Then thereís Seth
Green who provides most of the comedic elements as the quirky computer
nerd, Lyle, who keeps the running gag that he actually invented
Napster, only to have it stolen by Shawn Fanning while Lyle was
napping Ė get it Ė throughout the movie.
So, for "The Italian Job," just get yourself past the
outrageousness of some of the scenes and enjoy them for what they are.
If you can do that you will probably find it a 4 star out of 5 movie.
If youíre looking for something a little more realistic and canít get
over the Napster jokes, youíll probably find it a 2 star flick. Me,
sometimes I like things a little unbelievable, it just gives you more
action, so Iím giving "The Italian Job" 4 stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!