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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Glossy caper remake (involving $35 mill in gold bullion, a third of what the film probably cost!!) features some spectacular stunt/action sequences in the opening prologue (excitingly staged in Venice & very ‘70s James Bond) & even more for the big finale in the subway tunnels & streets of L.A. Helmer F. Gary Gray gets tremendous perfs from 3 adorable Mini-Cooper autos, but has less luck with a dull crew of glamorous high-tech thieves & villainous cutthroats. Everyone gets a cute nickname (The Wrench, Napster, et al), but little to play. And since the cast (Mark Wahlberg/Charlize Theron/Ed Norton) works in a bland, naturalistic mode, the prep, planning & personal conflicts play out like a long intermission. Look fast for a glimpse of Michael Caine in the original pic on Norton’s big screen tv.

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