In the 1960's, Sean Connery was James Bond, handsome, suave, daring, intelligent, and women could never resist him. Now, thirty-five years later, nothing has changed, except for that he's not James Bond. He's a world-famous art thief, but he still holds all of the same characteristics. And the woman, one could call her a "Bond girl," is Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is even sexier than she was in The Mask of Zorro. And in Entrapment, it seems that no man can resist her, not even Sean Connery.
Entrapment is most easily compared to Mission: Impossible, although its not quite as confusing, much more entertaining, and much more what I expected. Similar to the CIA heist in Impossible, Entrapment uses a lot of planning, a lot of high-tech gadgetry, and a lot of 'ever second counts' kind of things. Quite suspenseful...
There are a lot of slow parts, but everything works for the plot. There is a lot of side-changing, a lot of betrayals, and several twists that will surprise even the most keen of audiences. There is a lot more to Entrapment than just incredible robberies; there are a lot of twists that make the movie more enjoyable.
The only problem was the rather lackluster script. Zeta-Jones was a tough woman, but she always acted like a little child. Her anger never sounded very realistic, and she seemed to break out crying more often than a child. The dialogue between the two seemed somewhat amateur at times, which sort of made me weary of the first half of the movie.
Luckily, as the movie progressed, and the plot got more complicated, the tension began to build and the excitement explode. Unlike a lot of movies where it starts off really good and gets worse and worse as it continues, Entrapment gets better and better until the climax.
Entrapment is a good, complicated (but not too complicated) thriller that just adds to one of Connery's accomplishments, and might finally give some competition to The Matrix.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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