Res Hall Review

Reid Stratton

The Italian Job (2003)
Running Time: 111 min.
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton
Found at: Plantz, HiettThis is a remake of a 1969 movie of the same name starring Michael Caine. Basically, Steve (Norton) betrays his crew of professional thieves, stealing the ton of gold they had just lifted. The crew, led by Charlie (Wahlberg), wants revenge, so they endeavor to steal back the gold, aided by the daughter of Wahlberg’s mentor, who was killed by Norton. In essence, it’s a heist/revenge film.

Comments: If you like action, then this is the movie for you. If you like a believable plot or engaging dialogue, then steer clear. “The Italian Job” is essentially two hours of explosions and chase scenes, augmented by some cool gadgets. However, the plot is about as deep as the “take a penny, leave a penny” cup at a homeless shelter. There is supposed to be some chemistry between Theron and Wahlberg, though no one seems to know why. Norton’s character is probably the least developed. We know he is evil, but that’s all there is, and he’s not even all that evil to begin with. If you do decide to check this movie out, make sure your suspension of disbelief is turned up to the “yes, there were WMDs in Iraq” level. C-