The Italian Job
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     The Italian Job is yet another remake, this time of a 1969
starring Michael Caine.  Both films involve a guy named Charlie Croker who steals a bunch of gold in Italy using several Mini Coopers and a traffic jam.  In the new film, Charlie (Mark Wahlberg) and his mentor (Donald Sutherland) are planning the big heist along with the usual gang of misfits (Seth Green, Mos Def, Jason Statham).  Everything goes great until another member of their gang (Edward Norton) doublecrosses them, steals the gold and kills Sutherland.  This is all in the trailer and happens in the first ten minutes of the movie.  The real plot follows Charlie and his gang, along with Sutherland's daughter (Charlize Theron), as they try to get the gold back and wreak revenge on Norton. This is where the Mini Coopers and the traffic jam come in.
     The Italian Job is the latest in a recent series of heist movies, Ocean's Eleven, Heist, The Good Thief.  It's pretty good but there's not much to it besides the usual twisty plan for the heist.  There's not a whole lot of character development although Norton makes things interesting as usual.  Wahlberg and Theron are supposed to be falling in love as they get their revenge but they don't so much as kiss even at the end of the movie. Sutherland is only around for ten minutes but does a good job of playing Donald Sutherland. Wahlberg is his usual lugubrious self.  The only movie where he seems to be having a good time is last year's, The Truth About Charlie.  And Theron, you know what I'm going to say, looks good.  It's not that she can't act. She can. But she always looks like a glamorous movie star and not a character in a movie.
     This movie is not nearly as fun as Ocean's Eleven nor does it have some nice characters like The Good Thief.  But it's still entertaining and I'm sure you'll want to see the Mini Coopers and the traffic jam! Ok, maybe this is a rental.