Overall Rank: 1971
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 377
Theatrical Release Date: 05/30/2003
Genre: Action, Crime
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: F. Gary Gray
Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green
Plot: A group of thieves pull off the ultimate heist in Venice, Italy, but are betrayed by one of their own. In order to make things right, a second heist is planned to reclaim their share and get back at the betrayer.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/18/2012
The Michael Caine classic gets an update and, inevitably, that loses some of the charm and wit of the original film in lieu of bigger and better action scenes. The action is furious and exciting (particularly the car chase sequence,) but the film ultimately is a by-the-numbers heist film. There are fun moments and the cast's charisma makes the whole thing a lot of fun, but the original is still superior.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/31/2012
This critic recalls enjoying this crime flick. A well-casted heist film with a witty dialogue and decent humor. It involves safe-cracker John Bridger (Sutherland), the thief Charlie Croker (Wahlberg), an inside man Steve (Norton), Rob (Jason Statham) a getaway driver, technical expert Lyle (Seth Green) and Left Ear (Def), an explosives expert. Charlie recruits Stella (Charlize Theron), the daughter of John who is a safe cracker. The story is faced paced, soundtrack was lively and direction was effective. Edward Norton shines in his role and the chase scenes were exciting. Despite the lack of a logical plot and engaging antagonist, The Italian Job is worth viewing for its genre.
donkeyknight - wrote on 05/03/2011
Is there anyone who hasn't wanted a Mini Cooper after seeing this? Like the car, the movie itself is sleek, distinct and a fun ride.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/02/2012
After the successful heist of a safe full of gold bullion, Charlie Croker and his crew are double-crossed and left for dead leaving them swearing revenge on their ex-comrade. So this is The Italian Job? Marky Mark and a bunch of Americans driving German made minis through Los Angeles? THE ITALIAN JOB?? Well, now that's out of my system, what we obviously have here is a bunch of Hollywood studio execs looking at the success of Ocean's Eleven and saying to themselves "I want a piece of that action!" In fact it is far more a remake of Soderbergh's movie than the original Italian Job, with the usual mix of nicknamed, wise-cracking stereotypes planning a robbery in the usual Hollywood style. It's all very familiar and generic and the presence of Charlize Theron as the token love interest and …
MovieAddict - wrote on 01/25/2012
The story begins in Venice, Italy, where a team of expert thieves under the tutelage of Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg), pulls off an amazing heist of gold bars valued at $35 million. But before any of the guys have had a chance to cash in and enjoy their stake, they are betrayed by one of their own, Steve, played by Edward Norton, who kills their mentor, the beloved John Bridger (Donald Sutherland), and leaves the rest of the gang for dead in a near-frozen river in the snowy Alps.
A year later Charlie gets the gang together again and tracks Steve down in Los Angeles to settle the score. The gang consists of Handsome Rob the car expert (Jason Statham), Left Ear the explosive expert (Mos Def), Seth Green the computer whiz "Napster" Lyle and they also enlist John’s daughter Stella …
mdtinney - wrote on 09/17/2009
The Italian Job is a complete film with few weak links. The acting is superb - and by extension the casting. Well directed, great camera work, good special effects - but the writing is what I believe set it apart and took it to the next level. The inevitable comparisons to Soderberg's "Oceans 11" are unfair to Italian Job in my opinion. I felt this film was much better written, the acting was better and overall execution a cut above what Oceans 11 accomplished. When watching the latter, I felt like it was more escapist entertainment, whereas Italian Job did a much better job of drawing me in to the story -and- entertaining me.The criticisms that Wahlberg didn't have enough 'charisma' to pull off the leading male role in this film are unfounded. If they came from the same people who …
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