Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
France/USA/Canada/United Kingdom, 2003. GFT Entertainment, Studio Eight Productions, Vision View Entertainment. Screenplay by Brad Mirman. Cinematography by Curtis Petersen, Derek Rogers, Matthew Williams. Produced by Jamie Brown, Gary Howsam, Richard Rionda Del Castro, Perry Santos. Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams. Production Design by Gordon Barnes. Costume Design by Gersha Phillips. Film Editing by Eddie Hamilton.
Messy garbage directed and written by Brad Mirman, scribe of that classic Madonna thriller Body Of Evidence. Gerard Depardieu and pals are bumbling thieves who have screwed up their last heist, according to boss Richard Bohringer. He gives them one last chance to prove themselves, sending them to the United States to rob a rich couple of their jewels, only when the group get there they discover that it isn’t jewelry in the safe and the home doesn’t belong to a couple. It actually belongs to the head of the Chicago mafia (Harvey Keitel), and they’ve been set up to be part of a complicated take-down that involves the FBI. There’s a really clever plot hiding behind all the machinery, but for the most part it’s flat in appearance (the whole thing looks like it was shot on a rainy day) and clumsy in execution, though the actors do their best with the script.