Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2000. Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, based on the 1974 motion picture by H.B. Halicki. Cinematography by Paul Cameron. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson. Music by Trevor Rabin. Production Design by Jeff Mann. Costume Design by Marlene Stewart. Film Editing by Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon.
Even by the standards of the adrenaline-heavy Jerry Bruckheimer action films this one still falls very short. Nicolas Cage plays a retired car thief who is suckered back into the business for one night when he has to steal twenty (or was it thirty?) cars to save his brother (Giovanni Ribisi) from being murdered by a vicious gangster (Christopher Eccleston). Trouble with this setup is that Ribisi is such an idiot that if he were my brother I’d be glad that someone else was willing to do me the favour of getting rid of him. The car chases are exciting, but so brief and overly edited that they are completely ineffectual, leaving the story’s lame and mostly useless character development hanging out in the open. Angelina Jolie is criminally wasted as a ex-thief who never even gets to steal a car on her own.