Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds is a hit-and-miss movie, with a few hits featuring some amazing cars and some great action sequences, and lots of misses having to do with "character development".

The movie features Nicholas Cage as Randall "Memphis" Raines, a car thief who was the best until he retired. Memphis is forced back into business when he finds out that his brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) has gotten himself into trouble with a local hoodlum, Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston). The problem is that Kip promised that he would deliver fifty cars to Raymond, but failed in his attempt to do so. Memphis must finish what Kip started, or lose his brother to a metal crusher. Complicating the matters is a police detective (Delroy Lindo) who is wise to the car robberies and wants to nail Memphis.

The worst aspect of the movie is in the exploration of the relationship between Memphis and Kip. Personally, if I had a brother who was as stupid as Kip, I'd leave him to the wolves. Instead we get a lot of pretentious crap about family loyalty. It would've been okay if the amount of indulgence in this regard had been minimal, but a good portion of the movie wasted on the two of them whining. When that is not being done, we have Memphis and his ex-lover Sara "Sway" Wayland (a vastly underutilised Angelina Jolie) exploring their relationship. I just kept wishing they'd get on with it and steal the cars already.

The movie is loaded with stars, but none of them are presented with sufficient screen time to make any sort of an impact. Jolie, whose presence features prominently in the trailer, is barely present in the film (false advertising?). The film also contains one of the worst and most inappropriate lines I've heard: "when it rains it pours" (referring to Raines, of course). This ranks right up there "we're the dot in .com". Huh?

The chase scene at the end is quite spectacular, and the final confrontation between Raymond and Memphis is good action. Gone in 60 Seconds is an enjoyable movie, but it is purely a time killer. Worth the matinee fare on the big screen, but if you miss it there, I'd let this one go.

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