Gone in 60 Seconds may be nowhere as fast as its title suggests, but Jerry Bruckheimer has served up a mildly entertaining film.
Nicolas Cage, who starred in another of Bruckheimer's films, The Rock, also helms as retired car thief Memphis Raines, a man who has to steal 50 cars in 24 hours to save his brother. To help him, he calls on some of his old friends, namely Robert Duvall and Angelina Jolie. Neither, especially the newly-crowned Oscar princess, get enough screen time. As for Cage, his acting goes only as far as the script, which isn't much. It is not like dialogue is very important, but what is said seems a little meager. And yet again, it's an action movie. I was not very impressed with Giovanni Ribisi. The only movie I've seen him do a good job in is Saving Private Ryan.
As an action movie, it really isn't enough. The action, a couple of car chases, is enough to entertain in this movie alone, but compare it to other films, such as Bruckheimer's The Rock and Armageddon, it really doesn't have that much. The final car chase is pretty fast and furious, although the real tension lies in whether the car is going to get damaged, not whether Cage is going to survive or not. As in Armageddon, there's also some comical moments, and some funny characters, namely Donny (Chi McBride). Back to the action element, Gone in 60 Seconds seems like it is offering quite a bit, but looking back it really doesn't have much. The first half of the movie is basically buildup, and the buildup isn't very suspenseful. More conflicts between the law would have been nice.
Also, have you seen any of those cheesy car magazine covers? The ones with the expensive cars and the bikini-clad bimbos? Well, Gone in 60 Seconds is a car movie, so where's the women? Oh yeah, there's Angelina Jolie who gets almost no screen time. And there's no sex. This movie should have been an R-rated thrill ride with explosions, sex, and car chases. And in the end, Gone in 60 Seconds left the first two in the dust.
Gone in 60 Seconds has some entertaining elements and overall delivers some suspense, but looking at the extraordinary car chase in Ronin, it really is one of Bruckheimer's less aggressive fares.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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