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4.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Job ???, 9 Aug. 2004
This review is from: The Italian Job [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 24 Nov 2009 01:20:26 GMT
As a Welsh man I am so glad you took the time to point out that there is a difference between English and general British. As for the review, you said in the original that the gold was scattered down a mountain. I watched the original recently and the film ends with the bus on the edge of the cliff but the gold is still on there. Still a good review though, thanks.
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