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Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)


4/10: Didn't like it
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Gone in Sixty Seconds is set in Long Beach in California where car thief Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi) gets caught while stealing a Porsche, the guy he was working for Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston) is not happy. Atlee Jackson (Will Patton) tracks down Kip's brother, the legendary car thief Memphis Raines (Nicholas Cage) & tells him that Calitri wants to kill his brother Kip. Memphis confronts Calitri who says Kip was hired to boost fifty cars & that he has a buyer waiting for them, with only four days left Calitri demands Memphis steal the fifty cars instead or he will kill Kip. Memphis has no choice but to agree & gets together a gang of thieves to try & steal fifty cars in less than four days which has never been done before...Directed by Dominic Sena this was a big budget Hollywood remake of the action film Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) & while I have not seen the original one I...

8/10: Gone in Sixty Seconds: A Gearhead's Perspective
Thursday, April 5, 2001

I feel that many of those who have reviewed "Gone in Sixty Seconds" have essentially missed the point of the movie. This is only peripherally a movie about car thieves. At its heart, this film is about cars. Many reviewers have criticized the film's characterizations and character development. Let's check the credits... uh huh, yeah, executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer. I think it's a little unrealistic to walk into a Jerry Bruckheimer film and expect "Citizen Kane." That said, I thought the characters were certainly adequate. The villain was suitably unhinged and nefarious, and I thought Nic Cage did a great job as Memphis Raines. He is one of my favorite action stars; unlike Arnie, Sly, or Jackie, he can actually act, and this adds a whole new dimension to his characters that none of the other big action stars have. The closest comparison I can come up with is to the epitome of cool himself, Steve McQueen...

7/10: A film about 51 times the HOT STUFF
Monday, October 23, 2000

To make it short and not to spoil everything this film is about Kip (Giovanni Ribsi), a car thief, who messes up a big delivery of stolen cars (50 in total). He is then threatened to be killed by the man who gave him the ‘order'. The objective now is to get 50 cars stolen in 3 days, with the help of Randall (Nicolas Cage), a ‘retired' booster and also Kip's brother and a couple of old friends of Randall's. As you can see this is the same old, big bro' needs to get lil' bro' out of trouble routine and of course Randall is the best thief there ever was. Of course as in all other movies there are also a few setbacks and surprises you never would have thought of, but at times it is predictable too, so there is nothing fancy about the story. You are by now probably wondering why this is about 51...

7/10: Perfect casting and an precise sense of excitement make this flawed film successful. *** (out of four
Wednesday, July 5, 2000

GONE IN 60 SECONDS / (2000) *** (out of four) "Gone in 60 Seconds" is an energetic, slick, stylish action picture with high octane star power and lots of awesome looking automobiles. If you are a viewer interested in cars this production, by producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Con Air," "The Rock"), is worth seeing just to feast your eyes on the glossy vehicles. Although the film secretes a stench of weakness in many areas, its precise sense of action and excitement make it a moderately successful summer thrill ride. The film stars Giovanni Ribisi ("The Mod Squad") as a young crook named Kip Raines, who, as the movie opens, fails to deliver a long list of expensive cars to the powerful criminal Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston). When Kip's life is threatened because of such, his older brother, Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage), a retired but skillful car thief, is called upon to complete a task in exchange for his brother's survival...

7/10: Not trying to be an epic: just a fun, simple B-movie
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

As much as I like big epic pictures - I'll spare you the namedropping - it's great to kick back with a few beers and a simple action flick sometimes. Films where the plot takes a backseat to the set-pieces. Films where the dialogue isn't so cleverly written that it ties itself in endless knots of purple prose. There are HUNDREDS of films that fit the bill... but in my opinion Gone In Sixty Seconds is one of the better ones.It's an update of the movie that shares its name. It also shares that picture's ethos, but not quite it's execution. Whatever was great about the original has been streamlined. Whatever was streamlined was also amped up thanks to a bigger budget. Often these kinds of endeavours are recipes for complete disaster - see the pug-ugly remake of The Italian Job for one that blew it - but here, thanks to a cast of mostly...

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