The Italian Job

The Italian Job

F Gary Gray (2003)

105min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Taking this intrinsically British caper movie to Hollywood sounds like car-crash cinema in the worst possible sense. Yet, with a revised gold bullion robbery (now set in Venice and at the beginning of the film), a cast that glistens just as brightly, F Gary Gray's supercharged direction and a script that's smarter than it first appears, this is just as enjoyable a ride. Mark Wahlberg carries plenty of easy-going charm in the Michael Caine role, heading a criminal gang that's revved up for revenge after associate Edward Norton double-crosses them and absconds to Los Angeles with the booty. As the plan unfolds to burgle Norton's secure mansion, the story takes an unexpected detour, leading to a shrewd variation on its predecessor's traffic-jam manipulation. Norton's talents are wasted on such a sleazy, one-dimensional villain, but Charlize Theron is beguiling as a sassy safecracker and Seth Green has a ball as a paranoid hacker.

Summary

A crook double-crosses his partners in crime, a betrayal that leaves their friend and mentor dead. One year later, they regroup and come up with a daring plan to exact revenge on the traitor and reclaim their ill-gotten gains. Crime thriller inspired by the 1969 movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Croker Mark Wahlberg
Stella Bridger Charlize Theron
Steve Edward Norton
Lyle Seth Green
Handsome Rob Jason Statham
Left Ear Mos Def
Wrench Franky G
John Bridger Donald Sutherland
Director F Gary Gray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Sep 2003
Drama