Gone in Sixty Seconds
- rated - TEPID
..and vacant for one hundred and
Look, I like a good car chase as much as anyone, and more than many.
But this was just stupid.
It is the sort of movie that you go to not hoping for too much more
than special effects, but end up feeling annoyed at wasting so much
time. Not that it was a terrible movie - it had a certain style about
it and the car chases weren't bad - it's just that it could have been
so much better. There was a point when my husband Lindsay leaned over
and whispered to me ("This is the moment when, if this were on TV,
you'd give up and change the channel." He was right.
Speaking of being so much better - what on earth were Robert Duvall and
Christopher Eccleston doing in this film? I know why Nicolas Cage was
there: he was doing his dumb ironic distancing schtick (as in Con Air),
and he probably got lots of money for starring. But what's Duvall's
excus? (Then again he was also in Days of Thunder, so maybe he actually
likes this rubbish). As for that fine serious actor Christopher
Eccleston - I'd recommend that he tell his agent to be gone in sixty
I did quite like two things (no make that three) about Gone in Sixty
Seconds. One was the fact that the car chases had to be careful ones,
because it was important to keep the cars undamaged. The director
(Dominic Sena - who made Kalifornia, 1993) didn't make quite enough of
this in the film. It could have been a lot funnier and more exciting if
he had. The second thing I liked was the car chase in reverse. That was
fun. The third thing I liked was Angelina Jolie. She seemed to have the
right sense of fun (and glamour).
But the director was soo busy making a movie for 13-year-old boys, that
he overlooked a fun story and the opportunity to retell the story of a
a cult film in a new and compelling way. Imagine if Martin Scorsese had
got his teeth into the mechanics of a professional car stealing racket.
He would have shown us so much detail our heads would be spinning even
before the car chases began.
The worst thing about this film was the lame sibling rivalry subplot. I
really thought I'd throw up when a stranger had to intervene to give
the speech about how selfless Nic Cage had been in leaving town, and
how much his brother (played by the inexplicable Giovanni Ribesi - why
does he keep getting cast?) owes him. I've heard that speech so many
times before, often on bad daytime TV.
The original film that this film remakes is Gone in 60 Seconds (HB
(Toby) Halicki, 1974). Halicki himself does not get a writing credit
for the film, but his widow was an executive producer (Toby Halicki was
a stunt driver who died in a stunt he was doing for the Gone in 60
Seconds sequel - Gone in 60 Seconds 2: The Junkman (1982)).. The
original film apparently didn't pretend to be much more than a 40
minute car chase with a prologue and some porn-quality acting. This
remake pretends to be a bit more than that, but it isn't anything of