Can someone please tell me what's the plot of this movie? Sure,
there is a few car chases, but I have no idea what the heck was all that stuff in between.
One shot, one character is getting in trouble with a badass mobster. The next shot, his
big brother is straddled by the only female character, otherwise very cool. If I try to
make any sense of it, I come back to that car chase, and that's it.
OK, I'm kidding, but
only a little. Gone In 60 Seconds is not really a movie, it's a 90 minute setup for a 5
minute car chase, conceived as an hommage to the great car-chase movies of the 70s, like
Bullitt. Of course, it forgets that Los Angeles is no San Francisco, and that not even
Nicholas Cage is Steve McQueen. It's pleasing to the eye, especially the male eye, as is
the case with most Jerry Bruckheimer productions. Memphis Raines (Cage) is a retired
car-thief legend, but his brother (Ribisi) has fallen to the mercy of a merciless
criminal, by failing to steal 50 cars. So the bad guy offers the big brother to buy his
baby brother off by taking his job. The job is the same, but the timeline is condensed,
because the deadline is also the same. Memphis comes back from retirement, gathers his
team to include all generations and genders (female gender represented by Angelina Jolie)
and goes to work.
doesn't work is the suspense. We couldn't care less whether they get the job done or baby
brother gets squished by the car press. We care only a little whether Memphis gets caught
or not. All we see is a few shiny cars and a pair of t-back underpants. The heist, that is
supposed to take place in one night, takes a few days to be set up, and the director Sena
and the actors are trying to make those days watchable. So you have a funny little mishap
with the key-eating dog, a boatload of car facts (you'll find out when did the Cadillac
start using electric carburators on El Dorados... or something of the sort), some
high-tech gadgetry, some comedy and, of course, the car chase.
bottom line is, Gone In 60 Seconds is a testosterone- and adrenaline-driven movie. It
shouldn't be taken seriously for a second, any second. It contains performances of some of
the finest actors of today, but that is the problem, it contains them. Oscar winners Cage,
Jolie, even Duvall, don't have time to breathe some life into their characters. Only
Ribisi, a fine young actor, seems at peace with his role, and that may be due to the
excellent type-casting, but type-casting nonetheless. If you're willing to take the back
seat to Mr. Sena and Mr. Bruckheimer, you're in for a ride, but if your cinematic needs
reach beyond pure entertainment, steer clear of this one.