Gone In 60 Seconds

"Weak"

Gone In 60 Seconds Review


"Gone in 60 Seconds" wants to be a dusky, adrenaline-driven joy ride of car chases and ultra-cool criminal heroes, but it's so bland that it only manages to be exciting for about 20 seconds at a time.

This year's brain-dead summer action entry from producer Jerry Bruckheimer -- king of expensive, MTV-edited, cookie-cutter, popcorn crap pics for the easily entertained ("The Rock," "Con Air," "Armageddon") -- it stars Nicolas Cage as Memphis Raines, a reformed car thief forced back into "the game" when his inept younger brother (Giovanni Ribisi) bungles an assignment to swipe 50 rare cars for smuggling overseas.

A furniture-obsessed mobster ("They call him The Carpenter. He's bad. Really bad."), played by former art film denizen Christopher Eccleston, has threatened to kill Ribisi if Cage doesn't deliver the same 50 cars in 72 hours. So he abandons his modest, honest job running a go cart race track in a desert town and re-assembles his old crew of generically eccentric tough guys from central casting (with oh-brother nicknames like Mirror Man, Tumbler, The Sphinx), and one sexy tomboy ex-girlfriend (Angelina Jolie in a blond dreadlock wig), to pull off the heists -- all in one night.

This sounds like a great plot for a grungy guilty pleasure flick, and in fact "60 Seconds" is a remake of a 1974, B-grade cult favorite full of car crashes and bad acting. But Screenwriting 101 graduate Scott Rosenberg ("Con Air") foolishly tries to give the characters cheap depth ("If dad hadn't died we'd probably be working at his [car] dealership right now," Cage says wistfully) and director Dominic Sena ("Kalifornia") fails to get much excitement out of the dozens of car-swiping scenes that should be the centerpiece of the movie's thrills.

In one sorry scene Cage steals three Mercedes from a police impound while the audience is forced to watch it go down via security monitors instead of being where the action is.

Sena puts to waste a very talented cast on this dull but visually sumptuous failure. Cage seems to be on auto pilot and doesn't stand out at all. Ribisi ("Boiler Room," "Saving Private Ryan") and 1999 Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner Jolie are criminally under-utilized. Eccleston ("eXistenz," "Elizabeth") abandons all professional pride to devour scenery on his predictable way to one of those fall-to-his-death bad guy finales. Robert Duvall gets some of the worst dialogue ("He's a jackal tearing at the soft underbelly of our town!") -- and that's saying a lot -- as a former chop shop operator turned restoration expert.

Only Delroy Lindo ("Romeo Must Die," "The Cider House Rules") makes any kind of lasting impression as a cop itching to bust Cage.

There's a couple good car chases toward the very end of this dreary picture, but in what can only be a failed homage to its B-movie roots, these scenes are just expensive-looking rehashes of pursuits that have been done dozens of times before (e.g. racing through L.A.'s flood control canals).

The slick, $50 million budget and the A-list cast can't change the fact that "60 Seconds" is a nothing but a set of new tires and an Earl Scheib paint job on a rusty old jalopy.



Gone In 60 Seconds

Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 28th July 1974

Distributed by: H.B. Halicki Mercantile Co.

Production compaines: Halicki Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: H.B. Halicki as Maindrian Pace / Vicinski, as Pumpkin Chase, as Eugene Chase, as Stanley Chase, as Atlee Jackson, Ronald Halicki as Corlis Pace, Markos Kotsikos as Uncle Joe Chase, Butch Stockton as 1-Baker-11 Detective (Driver), Phil Woods as 1-Baker-11 Detective (Passenger)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

Advertisement
The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.