Reviewed by: Chan Pederson
|Featuring||Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Scott Caan, James Duval, Robert Duvall|
|Producer||Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson|
Parking your car at the theatre might not have bothered you before, but once this film is over, you will wonder if it’s still there.
“Gone in 60 Seconds” may sound like a silly title for a movie, but it couldn’t be more accurate. This remake is a grabber from the beginning and doesn’t let go, contrary to what other reviewers (who are still buzzed by the ridiculous nature of “M:I-2”) may have said.
The story begins with Kit Raines and his buddies stealing a Porsche for a group of professional car thieves. Their actions do not go un-noticed and they are quickly pursued by the police. Although the thieves get away, all the cars they have stolen are impounded and Kit, having blown the entire operation, is held hostage.
Enter Memphis (Cage), the best car thief ever and Kits older brother. If Memphis is to save his brother, he must deliver all 50 cars in four days. What unfolds is a high-tech operation involving laser-coded keys, Italian exotic cars, and, of course, a top-end sport utility vehicle.
An all-star cast makes the film a joy to watch and has some of the best car chases on film. There are a handful of mild expletives and one short, although somewhat graphic, sex scene (including voyeurism). Nothing is fully revealed, but there is little left to the imagination.
There is an obvious moral dilemma throughout this film. Stealing is wrong, yet you find yourself cheering for the thieves. What redeems the film in the end are the choices each character makes and the directions they choose to go. All in all, it is a great film for those mature enough to deal with the suggestive scene and a few expletives.