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The Italian Job (2003)

  Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Mos Def, Seth Green, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg
Links: The Italian Job on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 7.50 (2 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 81st of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

The Italian Job (2003) is also mentioned in em_fiction's review of Monster (2003).

"Venice the menace" - a review by pearly

The Italian Job (2003 version) is a remake of a 1969 movie by the same name. The old version starred Michael Caine, the new one stars Mark Wahlberg. That's all I know on that topic.

As the movie begins, there is a gang of thieves about to pull off a "job" in "Italy". So, at least you don't have to spend half the movie wondering how it got its name. Attempting to steal the contents of a safe from a big ol' house in Venice, the movie starts with a bang - a car chase scene with a difference, as there aren't any cars, or in fact streets, in Venice - just water and boats. If you're anything like me, you will immediately think of the Knightboat scene at the start of The Simpsons episode And Maggie Makes Three, and to be reminded of The Simpsons whilst watching a movie is, of course, a good thing.

What follows is a couple of hours' worth of what is essentially an action movie, but The Italian Job succeeds at doing things just a little differently from most other movies in its genre, and as such, is more interesting than most. Marky Mark sure knows how to pick an action movie to star in (think The Big Hit (1998) and Three Kings (1999)).

Even a casual viewer would be able to tell that there's quite a budget behind this movie. There's lots of explosions, there's choreographed boating through Venice, there's car chases with those new Mini cars, there's helicopters, and more. But alongside this, there are some top actors, Wahlberg being just one of them. Edward Norton is also competent, though the more I see of his acting, the more it seems that he somehow manages to be convincing in a variety of different roles (from this to something like Death to Smoochy (2002), say), although he is actually doing a very similar job in all of them. It's a weird sorta juxtaposition that I don't really understand. Still, maybe this isn't the perfect role to judge him on, due to the unpleasantness.

The other interesting cast member is Seth Green, if only because he seems so different to the others. He almost appears as though he's a young kid hanging out with the old guys - this is somewhat to do with his character (which means he does his job well), but also just because of his appearance and mannerisms. The storyline about him being the real inventor of Napster was a little weird - I'm thinking this was an attempt to modernise the movie a bit, and also to make it a bit more laid back and humourous. Green's character was certainly the comic relief.

Definitely a movie to be watched whilst kicking back with some friends and a big bucket of popcorn, and a large soft beverage, and maybe even a choc top (choc mint would be nice). And, if there's time, some mixed lollies. Argh - it's too close to dinner time.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 28 Aug 2003

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Number of reviews: 1
Number of ratings: 2
Average rating: 7.50
Lowest rating: 7 (by pearly)
Highest rating: 8 (by em_fiction)
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