Monday, August 12, 2013

Movie #207: Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds is an action movie starring Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Risibi, Angelina Jolie, Chi McBride, Delroy Lindo, Christopher Eccleston, Vinne Jones, and a bunch of other people. It's a remake of a Michael Caine movie, apparently, which I have not seen.

So. Kip Raines (Risibi) takes a job stealing 50 cars. He fucks up and attracts the attention of Detective Castlebeck (Lindo), and loses the cars he's already stolen. His big brother, Randall "Memphis" Raines (Cage), once the most notorious car thief in California, comes back to town at the behest of his buddy Atley (Will Patton) to get Kip out from under.

The crime boss who engineered this, though, (played with panache by Eccleston) doesn't want to hear it. He wants the cars, or he'll kill Kip, Randall, and their mother. Raines, not having much choice, calls in his old crew: his mentor, Otto (Robert Duvall); his ex, Sway (Jolie); his big, badass, mute friend, Sphinx (Jones); and his now-retired friend Donny (McBride). Kip brings his own crew on (including Scott Caan and James Duval), and the crew gets to work stealing 50 cars in a single night.

I really enjoy this movie, though I don't make the mistake of thinking it's good. It's got a big cast, but it's not the cast that makes it feel scattered. It's more things like the car that one of the youngest crew members steals that has drugs in the back, which creates a point of conflict when Castlebeck shows up sniffing around. Or when the detective figures out three cars on their list and stakes them out, so now they can't steal them so they have to break into police impound to get them...but then they just, like, do that. There's no drama or tension in that scene; there's more in the scene where the dog eats the special keys for said cars.

By far the best action is the car chase at the end, with Raines in Shelby Unicorn Penis-Car 5 Million or something (I DON'T SPEAK CAR) racing across the city. Of course the car gets wrecked, the bad guy doesn't accept the work that Randall did and tries to kill him, but Castlebeck gets involved and said bad guy falls to his death.

The performances are fun. I love Vinnie Jones as the Sphinx, and I really enjoy watching him beat up multiple people. I think Jolie was largely wasted as Girlfriend, but you can't have everything. The chemistry between Cage and the crew, and the tension between Cage's older crew and Risibi's younger crew, is also fun. And Eccelston chews scenery perfectly as Calitiri, a crime boss who's a bit crazy, but not supervillain about it.

My grade: B+
Rewatch value: High

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