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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian Style
A lot of films are described (or describe themselves) as slick, stylish and cool, but this one is the blueprint.
The Italian Job is a lively crime caper, which is great to look at from start to finish. The engaging plot has a few twists and spanks along at a fair pace, with a pumping soundtrack to keep the tempo up. There is, of course, very little relation to the...
Published on 20 May 2009 by Tony Baker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original, but still a fun ride
Lacking the style and heart that made the original such a firm favorite among film fans and also without the talents of Noel Coward - who gave such a nicely humorous touch to the classic - was this weak 2003 remake.
In truth this movie is more of a sequel than a remake. As most film fans will know the original movie concluded with the gang of bullion thieves stuck in...
Published on 21 Nov 2004 by Darren Harrison


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original, but still a fun ride, 21 Nov 2004
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Darren Harrison "DVD collector and reviewer" (Washington D.C.) - See all my reviews
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Lacking the style and heart that made the original such a firm favorite among film fans and also without the talents of Noel Coward - who gave such a nicely humorous touch to the classic - was this weak 2003 remake.
In truth this movie is more of a sequel than a remake. As most film fans will know the original movie concluded with the gang of bullion thieves stuck in a rather precarious situation atop one of the Italian Alps. The remake however includes the actual "Italian Job" of the title at the beginning of its movie and then weaves a tale of betrayal and payback that has one of the thieves double-crossing his partners and taking off with the gold himself.
In this respect the movie probably would have been better off not adopting the name of its illustrious predecessor. In fact, in talks with the director to promote this movie, it was revealed that Italian authorities were less than happy to hear that Hollywood planned to remake a movie - that is such a "national treasure" in the hearts of Italy - that they almost refused the team to film in Venice. Only when they were able to convince the Italians that it was a homage and that they intended no disrespect to the original that they were allowed to continue.
Fans of another remake (Ocean's Eleven) will no doubt lap this movie up. This production has another hip cast and the same slick method of storytelling. It was pleasing to see the return of the Morris Minor car as one of the holdovers from the original movie and I thought Charlize Theron was a welcome addition to the cast as the beautiful daughter of one of the original thieves. What was most disturbing though was the fact that the original Italian Job was an eclectic collection of British thieves, whereas here they are American - not sure why they made that change since the humor employed in the original was so British.
Still, as heist movies go this film is a success and a lot of fun. If you enjoyed Clooneys version of OCEAN'S ELEVEN, then chances are you will enjoy this too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Italian Style, 20 May 2009
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Tony Baker (Somerset, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Italian Job [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
A lot of films are described (or describe themselves) as slick, stylish and cool, but this one is the blueprint.
The Italian Job is a lively crime caper, which is great to look at from start to finish. The engaging plot has a few twists and spanks along at a fair pace, with a pumping soundtrack to keep the tempo up. There is, of course, very little relation to the original film, but that is no great loss in my opinion.
The only real acting is done by Charlize Theron, who is terrific as usual, and adds true class to the proceedings. Otherwise there is plenty of posing, which is pleasing enough. Mark Wahlberg is a very watchable lead who oozes cool. But the real stars, as in the original film, are the Minis. The driving sequences are superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film worth watching, 6 April 2009
This review is from: The Italian Job [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
For all the fans of the original Italian job who think that this isn't going to be very good. I assure you that you are wrong. When i first saw this version i was skeptical because i believed that it was just a re-run of the original, but when you watch it, it is a completely different film. The main links between the old and new version is that they both have mini's and in the new one it makes a reference it 'do it like the italian job'.
I now love both films because you can't make a straight comparison between them both and say one is better than the other. If you are debating whether to buy this or not i would say it is totally worth it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, an action movie with a great plot!, 9 Nov 2007
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E. Overington "Travis McGee Fan" (Dorset, UK) - See all my reviews
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I love the original italian job movie and so was wondering how they would approach a modern remake. Well i have to say that this is NOT the italian job. that is to say it is not a remake of the original film, it is simply inspired by the original in as much as minis are used and it copies the idea of a great plot and lots of action. Other than that, there is no similarity. The plots of both movies are entirely different, the charactors are completely different and this movie stands on its own two feet as a great family action movie.

I would urge you to buy this at the great price ive seen it for sale at, before the shops realise what a great movie this is and put their prices up! Seriously, get some pop corn, some friends or the whole family, pull up a sofa and settle in for the ride. Action, Laughs and a great story, what more could you want?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Job ???, 9 Aug 2004
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J. Glen "Jeanette Glen" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This film is supposedly a remake of the Michael Caine film of the same name. It is not, it uses the title of the original, some of the big set pieces, the gold heist, the armoured car, the getaway and let us not forget the Mini Coopers.
It does not however have the charm of the original, Mark Wahlberg does not have the same cheeky chappy persona that Michael Caine gave his Charlie Croker, but he gives a good performance nonetheless, as do all the other actors. Donald Sutherland steals every scene he is in, which is not many unfortunately.
This is an entertaining, glossy, well scripted, well acted romp. I do not think that it is really a remake though, the entire ethos of this film is different from the original. The original was a celebration of all things English (English not British, there is a difference)Noel Coward after all was the quintessential Englishman.
Even the ending is different, in the original the thieves lost the gold and were left hanging over a precipice, and all the gold was scattered down a mountain, never did crime pay less. In this new and revised version they do, eventually, get away with it, should crime pay just because we like the criminals?
That all said, this is worth watching, there is very little violence and no bad language, which makes a refreshing change, watch and enjoy, just do not expect a modern updating of the original, you will not find it here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Film, 6 Aug 2004
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This is not remake....
It is entirely its own film, the makers however pay homage to the "original" in all the best ways. The minis are still the stars of the show as the getaway vehicles and the Lead character, is Charlie croker as before.The cast has some big names as well as unknowns but is so well balanced and acted that all performances are top rate.
It is a fast paced monster of a movie centred around a heist following a double cross of the worst kind.
Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ocean's Five., 10 Jun 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Italian Job [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
John Bridger's gang of thieves are double crossed and left for dead after a daring gold raid in Venice. The surviving members regroup and convene in L.A. to enact revenge and recapture their gold.......the job is on!

This could have been a complete disaster, I'm British and the wave of revulsion that boomed in my homeland upon hearing of this remake was explosive; "how dare they remake a British institution" was the cry. Things were not helped in the run up to the film's release by it's main star {and drawing card} Edward Norton, proclaiming that the film was a contractual obligation and that fans of his work would be better advised to give The Italian Job a miss!

Had to be a stinker then surely? Actually no it isn't. Director F. Gary Gray hasn't remade the Italian Job of 1969, in fact he hasn't even re-imaged it, the minis are in there, the gold is in there, but all the stand out moments so beloved by many in the 69 film of the same name are not to be seen at all. So what we get is a very cool heist-come revenge movie-that's maybe a tad too glossy at times, but it's got a pretty sharp script, tight action sequences and a group of actors working very well as a team. Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def, Jason Statham, Seth Green and the delectably delicious Charlize Theron all come out smelling of roses, whilst Edward Norton really had no cause for concern because his portrayal as Steve is a smarmy delight.

I have jokingly titled this film Ocean's 5, but that is in no way detrimental to The Italian Job, it lacks the jazzy coolness of Soderbergh's Ocean's 11, but its a fun and enjoyable picture all in its own right, its rating of just under 7 here on IMDb is actually spot on. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice action movie, 25 Sep 2011
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K. "K." (Etten-Leur, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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The Italian Job is an entertaining action movie with great actors like Donald Sutherland and Mark Wahlberg. If you want to have a nice movie night, you have to see this movie. Everyone can watch this movie and it is finished before you notice!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent remake, 10 Oct 2006
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Greg Farefield-Rose (Hertfordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Italian Job [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Like most viewers, I'm not a big fan of remakes as most second versions are a pointless and inferior modern re-telling of a period piece classic. The makers of The Italian Job were clearly aware of the pitfalls and handled them much better than most in that there are very few similarities between their film and the classic Michael Caine / Noel Coward romp. There is a thrilling climactic escape in Mini's and similar names to the lead characters but that's about all. What we have instead is an excellent slick modern heist thriller.

Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) and his gang pull off an intricate robbery only for one of the gang Steve (Edward Norton) to turn traitor and hold up the others for the loot. Charlie's spiritual father, the veteran safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) is killed in the melee. Cue forward a year and Charlie and the others reconvene to plan their revenge. To help them, they have recruited Bridger's real daughter Stella (Charlize Theron), who has inherited her father's talents, though has previously used them for non-criminal means.

The viewer finds him/herself routing for these likeable "moral criminals" as they hatch a complex heist to rob the treacherous Steve who is deliciously played by Norton. The characters are well defined and played excellently in this superb film which proves that remakes can be remodelled successfully whilst staying true to the original picture.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the original, 3 Aug 2014
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Nothing like the original. It lacks a lot. Michael Cain is much better in the original. This one doesn't match up at all. The music is totally different and doesn't come at the right time. I don't like Charlene Theron being in it. There wasn't a female in the first one, so I don't know why they have changed that. Mark Whalberg as Croker is ridiculous.
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