Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 1999. Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Fountainbridge Films, Taurus Film. Story by Ronald Bass, Michael Hertzberg, Screenplay by Ronald Bass, William Broyles Jr.. Cinematography by Phil Meheux. Produced by Sean Connery, Michael Hertzberg, Rhonda Tollefson. Music by Christopher Young. Production Design by Norman Garwood. Costume Design by Penny Rose. Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.
Gorgeous production design compensates for a lot in this slick heist film starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They play two of the world’s top treasure thieves who team up to do a world-class withdrawal on a Malaysian bank worth nine billion dollars. Trust is an issue for these two, as neither of them is ever really sure what the other is up to, but since the loot is big enough, they’re willing to take the risk. Zeta-Jones couldn’t be lovelier, and while Connery is his usual stalwart action hero, he really is much too old for this sort of thing: every time he performs a stunt I keep thinking fearful thoughts of replaced hipbones, and when he and Zeta-Jones look at each other with romance in their eyes it borders on ridiculous. Plot holes abound as well, but the atmosphere is fun and Jon Amiel makes sure everyone involved has a good time doing their job. Watching it, you will too.