THE ITALIAN JOB

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Release Date: May 30, 2003

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize
Theron, Edward Norton, Seth
Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def,
Franky G, and Donald
Sutherland

Genre: Crime Thriller/Heist Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder THE ITALIAN JOB
is a remake of the 1969 movie
starring Michael Caine and
Noel Coward, where Coward
plays a criminal mastermind
planning to steal $4 million
in gold bullion by diverting
authorities with "history's
biggest traffic jam." Like its
predecessor, the remake has
its moments, but not enough of
them. The new movie also
avoids the moral road by
extolling revenge, stealing
and greed. Mark Wahlberg stars
as young mastermind Charlie
Croker who engineers the theft
of $35 million in gold bullion
from a heavily guarded palazzo
in Venice, Italy. The only
thing he didn't anticipate was
the betrayal by one of his
cohorts, Steve, a cocky thief
played by Edward Norton. Steve
kills Charlie's mentor, played
by Donald Sutherland, and
mistakenly thinks he has
killed the rest of the gang,
including Charlie. Charlie and
his gang track Steve down in
Los Angeles, where they also
find the mentor's beautiful
daughter, Stella, played by
Charlize Theron. Though
estranged from her father
because of his illegal
lifestyle, Stella, joins
Charlie's gang to help them
get back whatever's left of
the gold. This time, however,
the job isn't just about the
payoff, it's also about
payback! As the villain,
Edward Norton plays the really
nasty thief Steve with his
usual flair. His confrontation
scenes with the rest of the
cast give the movie some
delicious oomph. Mark Wahlberg
and Charlize Theron also do a
good job playing the easygoing
gang leader and the romantic
interest. Seth Green, Jason
Statham, and Mos Def provide
entertaining comic relief as
the rest of Charlie's gang. A
couple exciting chase scenes,
one along the canals of Venice
and one along Hollywood's Walk
of Fame and L.A.'s subways,
provide a few thrills along
the way. Ultimately, however,
THE ITALIAN JOB does not have
the big thrills necessary for
a really entertaining summer
blockbuster. F. Gary Gray's
direction is relatively
uninspired. Furthermore, the
movie's subject matter carries
a pagan worldview that extols
revenge, stealing and greed.
Steve, the murdering thief,
gets his just desserts, but
true justice is not served.
Also, one of the gang members
sleeps with a female Cable TV
installer so that he can steal
her identity and borrow a
Cable TV truck. Furthermore,
in order to steal back the
gold and make their getaway,
Charlie's gang creates a
couple big traffic jams, which
result in innocent civilians
getting their cars smashed.
Finally, Seth Green's
character makes a joke near
the end that mocks the
Christian and Pentecostal
belief in the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit. Thus, the
lightweight quality of this
movie masks a surprising
degree of carelessness, lust,
sin, and blasphemy, even for a
heist movie. Please address
your comments to: Sherry
Lansing, Chairman Motion
Picture Group Paramount
Pictures A Paramount
Communications Company 5555
Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA
90038-3197 Phone: (323)
956-5000 Website:
www.paramount.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 111 minutes

Distributor: Paramount

Director: F. Gary Gray

Executive Producer:

Producer: Donald De Line EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: James R. Dyer,
Wendy Japhet, Tim Bevan, and
Eric Fellner

Writer: Donna Powers and Wayne
Powers BASED ON THE MOVIE
WRITTEN BY: Troy Kennedy
Martin

Address Comments To:

Content:

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GENRE: Crime Thriller/Heist Thriller

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Summary:

In THE ITALIAN JOB, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron star as a criminal mastermind and a young woman who try to steal back some gold from a murderous thief played by Edward Norton. THE ITALIAN JOB does not have the big thrills necessary for a really entertaining summer blockbuster and carries a pagan worldview that extols revenge, stealing and greed.

Review:

THE ITALIAN JOB is a remake of the 1969 movie starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward, where Coward plays a criminal mastermind planning to steal $4 million in gold bullion by diverting authorities with "history's biggest traffic jam." Like its predecessor, the remake has its moments, but not enough of them. The new movie also avoids the moral road by extolling revenge, stealing and greed.

Mark Wahlberg stars as young mastermind Charlie Croker who engineers the theft of $35 million in gold bullion from a heavily guarded palazzo in Venice, Italy. The only thing he didn't anticipate was the betrayal by one of his cohorts, Steve, a cocky thief played by Edward Norton. Steve kills Charlie's mentor, played by Donald Sutherland, and mistakenly thinks he has killed the rest of the gang, including Charlie.

Charlie and his gang track Steve down in Los Angeles, where they also find the mentor's beautiful daughter, Stella, played by Charlize Theron. Though estranged from her father because of his illegal lifestyle, Stella, joins Charlie's gang to help them get back whatever's left of the gold. This time, however, the job isn't just about the payoff, it's also about payback!

As the villain, Edward Norton plays the really nasty thief Steve with his usual flair. His confrontation scenes with the rest of the cast give the movie some delicious oomph. Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron also do a good job playing the easygoing gang leader and the romantic interest. Seth Green, Jason Statham, and Mos Def provide entertaining comic relief as the rest of Charlie's gang. A couple exciting chase scenes, one along the canals of Venice and one along Hollywood's Walk of Fame and L.A.'s subways, provide a few thrills along the way.

Ultimately, however, THE ITALIAN JOB does not have the big thrills necessary for a really entertaining summer blockbuster. F. Gary Gray's direction is relatively uninspired. Furthermore, the movie's subject matter carries a pagan worldview that extols revenge, stealing and greed. Steve, the murdering thief, gets his just desserts, but true justice is not served. Also, one of the gang members sleeps with a female Cable TV installer so that he can steal her identity and borrow a Cable TV truck. Furthermore, in order to steal back the gold and make their getaway, Charlie's gang creates a couple big traffic jams, which result in innocent civilians getting their cars smashed. Finally, Seth Green's character makes a joke near the end that mocks the Christian and Pentecostal belief in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the lightweight quality of this movie masks a surprising degree of carelessness, lust, sin, and blasphemy, even for a heist movie.

Please address your comments to:

Sherry Lansing, Chairman

Motion Picture Group

Paramount Pictures

A Paramount Communications Company

5555 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197

Phone: (323) 956-5000

Website: www.paramount.com

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