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WAY crazier than it actually is
This aging grandpa thief, Mac, pulling jobs off with the hot young up-and-comer, Gin (Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Phantom)), with the two sorta falling in love (more on that in a minute) isn’t charming or convincing. But it sure is fun, ridiculous, kinda dumb and even a little funny (unintentionally however).
Their escapades around the globe only increase in scope as the movie progresses. Gin starts off by stealing a Rembrandt in a NYC high rise, then the two team up to steal a bejeweled mask in Scotland and finally they plan to nab eight billion dollars from a bank in Malaysia. Of course the multi-billion dollar heist is the most spectacular by having it take place on the eve of the new millennium and in the largest building(s) in the world at the time, the Petronas Towers. As I’m sure anyone can predict, things go sideways and the two thieves have to run all around the towers and evade a swat team in order to escape.
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has more style than it really does
At least the filmmakers knew where to mostly draw the line when it came to getting romantically involved with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Connery is thirty nine years older than Zeta-Jones (69 vs 30 at the time) and it very much shows. So to curtail this plot point they have Gin fall in love with Mac and want to fuck him but Mac refuses. You know, it’s pretty lame that they couldn’t just have a professional working relationship where they both respect and admire each other and the sexual tension is left out. Not every action/adventure/thriller needs to have a romantic aspect. This one definitely didn’t.
And before we get off the topic of sex the filmmakers do tend to ogle Zeta-Jones all throughout the picture. There are two scenes of her lying totally naked in bed and there are those infamous shots of her ass as she does her laser-dodging routine. Even Mac gives an audible “mmm” to himself as he watches. They do not give Connery the same treatment by the way. No camera is all over his ass in tight spandex.
The actual heist sequences are amusing with plenty of outrageous crap that you pretty much have to accept or futilely fight against. Yea they got implausible doohickeys for everything and their schemes to pinch the goods are either absurdly simple (it only takes twenty four hours to come up with and execute a plan to rob eight billion dollars) or absurdly complicated (moving blindly through a large room filled with dozens of invisible laser beams to steal a mask).
In terms of tone this is family friendly action adventure. Even though Mac is an asshole to Gin half the time he’s got a heart of gold and Gin is eager to get involved and start stealing shit. Body count is zero with almost no one getting injured. Writing that last sentence seems odd because it doesn’t feel as light weight as that when you’re watching it.
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I like this movie. It has a sense of adventure which I dig, moreover the globetrotting, Connery himself and the scope of the robberies makes the film feel big which is definitely a plus in this case. If you like your movies on the dumb side sometimes you’ll probably get a kick out of this.
Oh and in case you were wondering, entrapment never actually takes place in the film. Everyone does what they want of their own accord and no one is tricked into committing an act they weren’t going to go through with anyway.
One more interesting thing of note, this is rated PG-13 but there are actually two “fucks” said here. Both are uttered by Ving Rhames (ThePeople Under the Stairs) and that second one technically should’ve bumped this up to R. Other than that this feels PG-13 all the way.