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      18.03.2010 07:58
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      Entrapment

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      General information
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      Running: 113 minutes
      Category: Action
      Year: 1999
      Language: English
      Country: United States

      Actors:
      Catherine Zeta Jones as Virginia Baker
      Sean Connery as Robert MacDougal
      Vind Rhames as Aaron Thibadeaux
      Will Patton as Hector Cruz

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      Story
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      The story is about Virginia Baker who works for an insurance company Waverly Insurance. She's being asked to solve a theft of a very expensive art. She immediately suspects the international thief Robert 'Mac' MacDougal, who's famous for several thefts, but nobody has been able to catch him. Virginia is not really who she pretends to be. She is not only working for an insurance company but is also a thief herself. She also steals expensive art and wants to catch Robert. She managed to track him down and convince him to work together, hoping to catch in while stealing. Unfortunately for her, Robert is smarter then she thinks, and founds out what Virgina is trying to do. When he confronts her with her plans, she finds a way to convince him to work with her on a bigger job he can ever imagine. A theft that involves 8 billion dollar. But will they be able to steal it and can they really trust each other?

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      The famous Catherine Zeta-Jones plays the part of thief Virgina Baker, who also works for an insurance company to solve thefts. She lead a double live and looks very sure of herself, but is not really a match against Robert MacDougal. She's smart and normally gets what she wants. I really liked Catherine in this movie. She looks very sure of herself, as if she knows how it is to be a thief. The famous Sean Connery is playing the part of Robert MacDougal. He plays the wise intelligent thief who has been stealing for years and knows what he is doing. He looks very sure of himself. He does look like he got a soft spot for Virgina. Really nice performance by Sean Connery.

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      There aren't really a lot of extras on this DVD. Just a few deleted scenes, which are not really worth your time watching. There's also a making off, but it feels more like a promotion clip. The extras could have been a lot better.

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      Entrapment is really worth watching. The actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery make it really worth watching. There's chemistry between them that you can't fake. They feel really natural and they play some kind of cat and mouse game. There's a lot on stake, not only the 8 billion dollar and also the risk of being caught and ending up in jail. It's also the locations in the movie that are impressing. From a castle in the beautiful Scotland to the Petronas Towers with impressive action scenes. Really good action movie and the almost 2 hours are gone before u realise it!

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        26.02.2009 00:45
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        A very exciting film this one, but highly confusing, especially at the end.

        Entrapment is a film I can always remember liking, although never actually remembering what happened. I would often watch and thouroughly enjoy it, but then somehow not watch it again for ages, by which time I had completely forgotten the outcome.

        It encloses the same sort of action as you would find in a James Bond type film. It is also quite similar to a crime thriller, which certainly makes you think a lot. I like this in a film, not wanting to just watch a film, it is often better to get 'involved' and try and figure out what will happen before the film shows us.

        Basically, it stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as the undercover insurance investigator trying to catch Sean Connery in the act of a massive robbery. Connery is an international art thief that is believed to be behind a recent painting theft, she is sent to intercept him, but then eventually protests that it is a cover up and she has an even bigger 'job' to complet, hopefully with Connery helping her.

        It is a fast storyline that flitters about from country to country rather fast, and sometimes it is hard to keep up!it is also interesting as you are constantly trying to think - Well is it a double plan? Or was it a reverse triple plan, and so on ... You do end up with a bit of a headache trying to figure out what could be happening.

        Catherine Zeta-Joes is a brilliant actress whom I first enjoyed in The Mask of Zorro from 1998. She is an interesting character in this, who seems to want to do things her way, and if things go wrong, she will make it up as she goes. She is also very intelligent, and actually proves to be a skilled thief when the film gets rolling. I think that as the two main characters are so very different, one a beautiful Welsh young woman, the other an old Scottish man, they gel better than other actors would. It is really interesting to see their partnership, something you are not likely to see in another film.

        Sean Connery, James Bond. A bit of a stereotype, but surely not a bad thing? It is nice to him in a similar sort of film after all these years. He plays the man who knows everything about robbery's and relishes the challenge of a difficult job.

        It is getting on a bit now, at ten years old, it does not sport some of the highest technological advances, yet it still manages to fascinate me with entertainment as the duo use their 'props' in 'doing jobs'. He is the sort of man that knows everything and will have found everything out well before you know it. This character could even give Mr Bond a run for his money! It is also a good inclusion to see a bit of a dithery old man running about stealing priceless artifacts, and escaping in the most adverturous of ways.

        I feel I should also mention Connery's assistant, Ving Rhames. A cast member of Pulp Fiction, Day of the Dead, and Dawn of the Dead, even ER for a short while, he has got quite the reseme. He doesn't play a massive role in this, and we hardly ever see him. I just felt his name should be included as he is a big actor, and well deserves his role in Entrapment.

        I want to take this opportunity to mention the destination of the main robbery. In Malaysia, The Petronas towers have generally got to be the most beautiful of buildings so it was very good to see them as a big part of some of the scenes to this.

        A very exciting film this one, but highly confusing, especially at the end. I would say though, the confusion can be worked through if you think, and it is a fun film to watch, which often crops up on the television.

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          23.09.2008 15:04
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          Would be a very good film were it not for the bad combo of Connery and Jones

          Entrapment is the 1999 film that centres on trickery from all angles and has you guessing from the start to the finish. It stars Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones. Jones was on form at the time, ahving had many starring roles. She was just breaking into Hollywood and had forged a partnership with Michael Douglas. She could seemingly do no wrong. Connery was nearing the end of his acting career, but coming off great performances in other films, this seemed to be a great role for him. Director Jon Amiel looked to be able to give some fresh injection into an unlikely pairing of stars, and the scope was good for this film. So, di I like it? Unfortunately not!

          The plot is quite a clever one. Jones plays Virginia Baker, who is sent by an insurance firm to help capture art thief Robert MacDougal, played by Sean Connery. She first of all needs to gain his trust, and then persuade him to let her into all of his secrets, and even steal some art together. Sounds a simple plot but leaves a lot of scope open to play with it and make it very good indeed. The problem does not lie here - the plot is sound enough.

          The acting is okay, I guess. Connery and Jones do make a good pair of actors, but the problem comes with the romantic side. There is a great deal of flirting invovled between the two leads, and Jones' character Baker is attempting to seduce him. We are unsure whether she is pretending or has actually fallen for his charms (this is Sean Connery after all!), and this confusion coupled with what felt almost inappropriate flirting, really put me off and made it hard to enjoy the film.

          The flirtation between the two is necessary for the film to pan out as it does all the way through, but perhaps the way it was done was not spot on. MacDougal is portrayed as an old man who feels his age and acts it, whereas Baker is hyperactive and energetic and keen throughout. If Connery had been allowed to use his charm a bit more, or if his appearance had been of a younger character, the film may have worked for me a bit more. As it is, I cannot comfortably watch this all the way through and keep an open mind.

          Were I to set this aside, the plot and other performances are actually very good. The scenery is marvellous, and the soundtrack is very fitting, with enough tension and intense filming to give us a good thriller at times, and a relaxing adventure at others. There are some good backup performances from Ving Rhames and Will Patton, and a nice little cameo from David Yip. The scenes towards the end of the film as a daring heist is attempted are breathtaking, and these factors are more than enough to drag the film up from a low score for me to give it a fair 3 stars out of 5.

          Were I to take away the awkwardness I felt from watching the on screen chemistry between Jones and Connery, I would consider this a good film. As it is, it gets an average rating from me. The DVD is available to buy from amazon.co.uk currently for £4.98.

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          03.03.2008 22:54

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          film about thieves

          Entrapment is a 1999 film directed by Jon Amiel and the main characters are played by Virginia 'Gin' Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Robert MacDougal (Connery).

          Virginia is hired by an insurance company to catch veteran thief Robert.

          The film will forever be remembered for a very revealing scene of Zeta-Jones rear, yes her bum.

          The movie in itself is something that I will remember for another reason, and that is The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. That is where breath taking shots are shown of two stars.

          You have to marvel at physical activities of grand dad Connery and the beauty of Mrs Douglas. Some of the locations are set in London.

          Entrapment is light on character acting and heavy on slick shots of two stars sparring with each other. Shame one is old enough to be others grand dad. So remember Jones backside when you next watch this movie. It is worth every penny spent on purchase or on rental.

          Overall it is a rubbish film. Can you believe old man like Connery prancing around climbing towers.

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          09.12.2005 19:00
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          a good film

          Got this for £3 of ebay as I quite enjoyed it at the cinema.

          Sean Connery plays a retired thief enticed by Catherine Zeta-Jones who works for an insurance company assigned to his case.

          Sean soon finds out that Zeta-Jones is herself an art thief. They soon conspire together to do a job. They soon start to fall in love and plan a massive heist on the eve of the millenium at a bank.
          Entrapment is fast paced and exciting the way through with a good plot and acting by all.

          Theres loads in this film to keep you on the edge of your seat, I thought it was great.

          The extras are ok, I really enjoyed the making of, with all the stunts. It also has Theatrical Trailer and the video from Seal.

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            28.11.2002 03:23
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            When I first saw Entrapment on video, I wasn?t too sure what it was about. All I knew is that it involved intelligent thieves and Catharine Zeta-Jones. When I watched it, I was extremely impressed. With its acting, plot line and even its twists throughout the movie were of a high quality. The actors chosen to play the roles of Mac and Gin are, again of a high calibre. For the character of 'Mac' McDougal, the Scottish Sean Connery took up the role of a worldwide thief, who is wanted by many people - in particular the company Gin Baker work for. His acting in this movie is, like always fantastic and he really gets involved in the role of character. Catharine Zeta-Jones plays Gin, which in my view was the best actress to play the insurance firm employee. She performs her role extremely well and when needed to show emotion, she does it brilliantly. Although Gin and Mac are the main two characters, Ving Rhames is the person who is put on the task to keep a close eye on Mac, to make sure that he does the job he is meant to be doing. ~Plot~ The storyline is an action-packed thriller, with very few occasions where the story takes a backward seat. The plot is a built-up to the Millennium celebrations in which both Gin and Mac work together to try and steal $8 billion dollars on Millennium Eve from South East Asia's largest money clearing house. But before the duo try that daring act, they start with easier objectives. Firstly, they try to steal a solid gold mask valued at £40 million from a wealthy museum. This takes months of preparation, so the two of go away to Mac's castle on the coast. But this is where Mac finds out about Gin's devious plan, which is to try, and set him up with the company she works for. As the pair becomes closer due to the amount of time the pair put towards their latest tasks, love creeps into the movie. Although it seems like a strange love interest, both do be
            come attracted to each other - which brings a strange reality into the movie as both are secretly working against each other. As the couple become closer, Mac manages to persuade Gin to travel with him to Malaysia to do their bank heist on Millennium eve, in which they steal large amounts of money onto a CD - as all the money is stored on the banks computer system. But I am not going to tell you any more because then it would spoil to movie, but all I will say is that their are a few more twists hiding in the waiting. ~DVD~ The features on it aren't that great. There aren't any deleted scenes or interviews with the cast of directors. But there is a documentary on the making of Entrapment. You can also watch the movie in 12 different languages. ~Overall~ Entrapment is one of those films that keep you guessing all the way throughout the movie. Even from the start you are not 100% sure what Gin's motives are, and that thought is carried on right until the final scene. Their are a couple of action scenes in the movie which keep you excited and on the edge of your seat, especially during their final heist in Malaysia, but around half of the film is the both of them preparing for the heist's they have got planned. This would defiantly be recommended for those who like those action and excitement type movies with a hint of love thrown into the movie. The plot is extremely good, and the acting quality, as I have said before is of a very high standard.

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              LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I give you in the blue corner, the most eminent Syrup known to mankind (for those of you for whom the fabled Cock-erney-ese as popularised by such as Terry Venables [from El Tel to El Tyke, will wonders never cease?] is as impenetrable as Mrs D's rice pudding, Syrup is yer Pearly King's way of saying wig. Syrup of fig = wig, y'see, my dear? Cock-erney is surprisingly easy to master when you suss out the simple rules. In general, you just preface your desired phrase with 'apples', as in apples'n'pears = pears, apples'n'stairs = stairs, apples'n'Ruby Murray = Ruby Murray and apples'n'particularly crappy movie = particularly crappy movie, quite easy when you know how, eh?). Now this Syrup is one of the Scottish persuasion as modelled by the old stager apples'n'Sean Connery in such epics as all the Bond movies (well, at least the ones he appeared in, you jerk), The Hunt For Red October and, erm, well there must be some others - was he in Highglander? It's a very distinguished Syrup, all grey peppery stuff, with that poxy widow's peak at the front, but one which dominates every film in which it appears, and this one is no different... IN THE RED CORNER, we find the Slapper, the very beautiful, but very knowing she is, Welsh harlot Catherine Zeta-Jones, she of the raven tresses, jump suit, daring acrobatics, a dark memory of being the sex interest in The Darling Buds of May (Perfick!!) and an even darker current status as the bedwarmer of Old Man Douglas. Ms (what's that all about, eh?) Z-J is destined to play the desirable vamp in every film she features in from now until the end of time, and Entrapment is no different. In fact, she's basically the only femme on show here AT ALL, as far as I can remember (which is about three feet six these days). ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... Now, I could halt this review here and save both you and me a lot of wast
              ed time and heartache, but you know the dave27 pride won't let me do that, so get ready for the latest instalment from the pen that the world wishes it could forget... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... Well, you may need a bit more substantiation so here goes... Entrapment features Sean Connery and Catherine Z-J as two art thieves (ho hum, getting bored already) in a kind of it takes a thief piece. Connery is Robert (Mac) Macdougal (don't you hate the use of brackets or inverted commas around a nickname, and the gratuitous use of brackets to explain what's going on?), who has earned his fulsome rep as the world's greatest exponent of the dark arts. Z-J is Virginia (Gin) Baker (see, there it goes again, I bet you're getting well pissed off by now), an insurance investigator with a nice line in catsuits and acrobatics, persuades her boss to let her try and catch him. As the said insurance firm stands to lose $24million on (Mac)'s latest stunt, (Gin) manages to do so without even the need to extract any of her desirable appendages from her figure hugging t[r]acksuit. Apparently (Gin) is also strong willed, sassy and resourceful (didn't you know she would be?) and has sussed out the way to trap (Mac), who is also elusive, crafty and well versed in the tricks of his trade (didn't you know he would be?). The two master/mistress craftsmen/women strike up a love-hate-hate-care-don't-care relationship (didn't you know they would?) and agree on a joint caper involving all sorts of globetrotting (yet another surprise, treasures) I won't bore you any more (I know you're drifting off already) with details of the banal, ultra-predictable plot, except to say that Ving Rhames (who was in Pulp Fiction and Mission Impossible, yeah you know him, the big, thickset black guy) plays (Mac)'s colleague Thibadeaux (Doo-bee-doo-bee-doo, STRANGERS IN THE
              NIGHT exchanging glances), Will Patton plays (Gin)'s boss Hector Cruz, and Maury Chaykin plays black marketer Conrad Greene. You can get further details about the escapades of (Mac) and (Gin) at http://www.foxmovies.com/entrapment/ if you can really be bothered... Release Date: April 30th, 1999 Video Release Date: November 23rd, 1999 Distributor: 20th Century Fox MPAA Rating: PG-13 Director: Jon Amiel(Copycat, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Sommersby; next is The Core) Screenwriter: Ronald Bass (Black Widow, What Dreams May Come, Snow Falling on Cedars), William Broyles Junior ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... It really is the most frightful tosh imaginable and what I've offered you to date is eminently more excitable and attractive than this dire, abysmal film, the most banal, predictable, contrived hokum you could ever wish to see in your life. You get the obligatory Mission Impossible tricks, the stuff with the lasers, the obligatory sexy acrobatics, and the obligatory sexy liaison between the Syrup and the Slapper, quite apples'n'vomit inducing, I think you'll be forced to agree... Seriously, Our Sean has been in a lot (lot, lot, lot) better films in his time and Z-J has dreamed about being in better films, and you'd have to be desperately keen on either of them to give this peculiarly dull affair the slightest room in your heart. I go apples'n'shaky at just the memory... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... ENTRAPMENT IS CRAP... By the way did I tell you this film is crap?

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                08.04.2002 02:53
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                Hollywood Insider Gossip 101 Entrapment was rumoured to be a kick-ass script at one stage but that was before it got into the hands of certain people who changed a lot of things. Add to the mix a formulaic director after a much younger and hipper director clashed with producers and you have 108 minutes of pure nonsense as a result. As Entrapment begins we see an interesting and elaborate heist which involves a masked thief uses modern gadgets to smoothly steal a rembrant painting with the greatest of ease. Needless to say the insurance company aren't to pleased about the theft, employee Virginia Baker (Catherine Zeta Jones) believes the culprit to be an old professional thief Robert MacDougal (Sean Connery). Baker goes undercover to catch MacDougal by posing as a fellow thief and offering him a job he can't refuse. But then the lines are crossed and Virginia may bot be who shes says she is, who can be trusted. Will Robert see through her lies and will he go against the advice of his long time associate Aaron (Ving Rhames). Needless to say it's a game of cat and mouse with an attraction between an older man and a younger women that spans a few different countries. The problem with Entrapment is that it's a film which thinks it's being incredibly clever when all the time it's not. Formulaic double crossing is the order of the day, yes there's some nice style but that doesn't mean a thing when you have no real substance to back it up. Connery and Jones do suitable jobs and as always Rhames is cool but ultimately wasted. The only things that really work in the film are some of the heists which are nicely orchestrated but lack any real tension. By the end of the film the maker's pull a kind of Scooby Doo ending that really doesn't work and can be seen a mile away. The reason it doesn't work is because the events that lead up to it don't, the stuff we see on screen. It all doesn't mak
                e the slightest bit of sense. You don't know who half the characters are or what their purpose is in the film. After watching this I just had the feeling that this would have worked so much better if the two leads were actually of a similar age and could stir up more sexual heat. For a better example of how to do this kind of material right you really need to look at the likes of the Clooney/Lopez potboiler Out of Sight. As for the dvd, well the R2 cover lists this as a special edition. Well if there's something special about it then I'm still looking. The anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer is very good. It's a clean print with no real signs of grain, blemish etc. Some of the scenes looked a little soft to me but then this could be how they looked originally on theatrical release. Overall a nice job. The same could be said for the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. It's very nice and lively throughout. One of the things that really struck me was how good Christopher Young's score sounded throughout, it really gave the film a sense of class. The dialogue channel was also clear throughout and there was a nice use of subtle rear speaker action as well with the action scenes bringing the full soundscape to life. Browsing through the simple animated menus brings you to a selection of extras that really don't deserve to push this disc into the special edition bracket. First up is a 14-minute 'making of' which is the standard promotional fluff. You get the usual cast/crew talking head interviews editied together with behind the scenes footage and film clips. Of course everyone thinks everybody else on the set is great to work with. It's something you'd watch once and then realize that it was just made to sell the film. Next is a music video for Seal's 'Lost My Faith', I don't mind Seal's music but this track is slightly bland and a reflection on why you haven&#
                39;t really heard a lot from the artist in recent years. What the video does do is cleverly edit Seal into footage from the film for realistic effect. Finally you have a trailer for the film and that's your lot. Of course there's a US version of the dvd with a commentary, some deleted scenes and an alternate ending as well. Adding these features to the Region 2 disc may have just pushed it into special edition status. But then again this is one of those films that is deeply average, deeply disappointing and worth a watch just once.

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                  3 years after its initial release I finally managed to sit down and watch Entrapment courtesy of the BBC over the Easter weekend period. So far I had managed to miss it at the cinema, rented it twice and never found the time to watch it and missed its satellite showing by being on holiday and it was beginning to bug me! I can’t say it was a movie I was particularly desperate to see in the first place but seeing as I had tried and failed to watch it on at least two occasions I was damn sure I would see it this time. I can’t say the initial premise filled me with that much glee, but it sounded serviceable enough - I like a good campy caper movie and anything with Sean Connery in it has to be worth a look - if nothing else, Catherine Zeta Jones would make a nice canvas to stare at for the next two hours. The plot for as much as I can recount it before it twists and convulses like an epileptic python and finally chokes to death after swallowing its own tail goes something on the lines of this: Connery is an art thief, a man who has been in the business for a number of years and is at the very top of his trade. He is in his 60s looking a little worse the wear but still able to pull off the most ingenious heists through sheer skill and artistry. Catherine Zeta Jones works for an insurance company and it is her job to entrap him, catch him with his hand in the honey jar and recover some stolen goodies. She approaches him with a plan, a big heist which will net them $50 million dollars to lure him in, but as things progress not only does it appear that Zeta Jones may be plays both ends against the middle, but also that there may be something smouldering in Cupid's codpiece... For the first 20 minutes Entrapment looks as though it might be a rather entertaining movie - certainly one which isn’t going to win any awards for originality or scripting but one which will at least be entertaining. We see the planning of a heist, a little bant
                  er between the two leads and a spark of romance and things look rosy. Pretty soon after though we realise that those 20 minutes are to be repeated several times with little else happening other than the plot beginning to unravel as the movie tries to be a little cleverer than its scriptwriters actually are. Entrapment’s major problem for me was that the caper thing is great when its first carried out - we watch them plan, carry it off and snaffle the bounty...then we watch them do it again and its less interesting...then again...and so on. Zeta Jones character develops during this period but little else happens other than repetitive caper scenes. The inordinate amount of time spent in Connery’s castle is incredibly boring and things really don’t hot up until the final 20 minutes. As such I suppose you could say the movie is about an hour too long...not good. Caper movies need excitement and when they are played as this one is then they need a little flair of romance as well. Interestingly there is very little chemistry between what ought to have been two very charismatic leads here at all. The relationship between Connery and Zeta Jones seems much more like a father-daughter relationship than the supposed smouldering romance we should have been seeing and what it appears the movie was attempting to purvey. I wouldn’t say this was down to the age gap (a considerable one) between the two leads because that shouldn’t matter at all(trust me I know :oP), but simply that there was so very little chemistry there. Connery in fact seems to be on auto-pilot throughout which doesn’t help, he looks and sounds weary of the action movie thing and any thoughts of a romantic tangle with Zeta Jones would be far too much trouble. She on the other hand plays her role as hardly the cunning cat burglar/criminal mastermind that the plot would have you believe at times but as a naive little girl, all sprightly and full of the joys of spring...a
                  nd with an American accent which sometimes borders on parody. Her role is very contradictory, making it difficult to get into a character who seems to change quite so often...and of course who doesn’t sound right with an over-played American accent. It would be wrong to lay the blame for this movie’s shortcomings on a lacklustre performance from its two leads though because the biggest failing is the script and the plot itself. The script is very weak indeed, its little wonder that Connery delivers his lies with such a lack of conviction when inwards he was probably rolling his eyes at how crass they were. The plot makes perfect sense up until the mid-way point where it begins to unravel and the ending is as I said, like watching a convulsive python choke on its own tail. There are way too many loose ends, too many scenes which looks nice, but make no sense and too much that we are asked to swallow which frankly doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense. The screenwriters would no doubt like us to think it clever and with multiple twists, but ‘clever’ comes from making all those loose ends tie up - these do not. There are also some other incredibly basic errors which show a lack of thought having gone into the production - one very obvious maths error for example whereby someone somewhere obviously didn’t learn their hours and minutes in infant school because they seem to think there are 100 minutes in an hour! Its a minor point, but it shows a distinct lack of care in the production - which is noticeable elsewhere too. Enjoyed on a purely braindead level Entrapment will offer up a few interesting moments in the opening say, half hour to be generous, then again in the closing 20 minutes when the real action takes place but you’ll struggle to stay awake in the middle. Certain characters are introduced with no real purpose whatsoever - Zeta Jones’ boss for example is a total waste of airtime, her Malaysia
                  n contact is another and Connery’s supplier/friend and altogether shady background player Ving Rhames seems totally wasted by his lack of screentime. Maybe Mr. Connery should keep away from action movies now that he’s getting a little on the crumbly side because he doesn’t seem to have any kind of appetite for this role at all. In fact his performance sums up the entire movie nicely - lacklustre, lacking charisma and tired.

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                    ENTRAPMENT 1999 This film was released back in 99 and often shows on movie channels but on bank holiday Easter Monday this was on BBC1 so I decided to check it out, my dad having already seen it warned me it was quite complicated and 'TwIsTeD' but I still watched it. Entrapment stars 'Catherine Zeta-Jones' and 'Sean Connery' as the main roles. The film has an interesting twist which is probably what makes it a little confusing to watch and understand clearly, but this is basically what makes the film what it is. Catherine Zeta Jones plays 'Virginia' a business woman who you can clearly see enjoys her role of work, maybe because she works by day and night, maybe because she is just good at it. Virginia works for one of the biggest insurance agents in America and she is tracking down one of the most successful art thieves of all time. Sean Connery plays 'Mac' this art thief and he is v.v.good at his profession. Virginia has been tracking him now for many years and she finally thinks she is about to finish the job. She manages to pursuade her boss that she can catch Mac in the act and mission completed. But it isn't all as simple as that because upon meeting Mac we realise that Virginia is too a fellow thief! So these two get together and decide to do a raid on a wealthy mansion where an art exhibition is being held. The reward is a golden mask. Whilst Viriginia is supposedly catching Mac in the act for her bosses sake, they have acually both teamed up and started training together so they can complete there big, daring raid. But as time passes we all notice there is most definitely going to be a twist in the flik which is a little dissapointing to know from such an early point in the film. As you can probably guess, Mac learns that his female friend is setting him up but what she doesen't know is that Mac works for the FBI and has been tracking her for years (Just l
                    ike she has to him!!!) Confusing huh!? Well this is the twist! But as you can expect there is more to come, with Mac knowing who Virginia really is, but Virginia not realising totally who Mac is, there could be a problem!? Whats the problem then!? A little word 'LOVE' might give away something but the story goes on from there and you'll have to watch the film to see what eventually happens in the end... The acting is brilliant starring two very well known actors, they make the film that little bit better, the action scenes are done well too considering this film is a few years old now! This film is interesting to watch, it fulfils you with action, curiosity, good acting and a little spark of romance, it is well worth a watch, I enjoyed it after finally understanding everything! If you're no good at confusing films you may struggle with this but otherwise go for it! cheers for reading, best wishes emmaxXx :0)

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                      09.01.2002 14:31
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                      Use a thief to catch a thief? Then you know you're asking for trouble, particularly when the thief-taker is planning to steal £8 billion dollars! "Entrapment" is a thoroughly enjoyable movie, with a neat little twist. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Virginia, who works by day for one of the largest insurance agents in the US. As far as her boss is concerned, she is a genius, a workaholic, and very very lonely. She is also on the trail of one of the most successful art thieves of our time named Mac (played by Mr.Suave himself Sean Connery). After several years she is now very close to capturing her quarry (Mr Connery), or so her boss seems to think. Virginia manages to persuade her boss that it would be in the company's interest to get close to Mac, catch him in the act, job done. What her boss doesn't reckon on however is the fact that she in fact has her own hidden agenda - she is a thief herself! Upon hooking up with Mac, Virginia proposes a daring raid at a wealthy mansion, where currently a chinese art exhibition is being held. The prize? A solid gold mask, valued to the tune of - wait for it - $40million! That's a lot of mask if you ask me. So our villainous pair prepare themselves for the task ahead. As it is a well known fact there is little honour amongst thieves, which Mac makes quite clear from the start. This is where things take a nice little twist. Mac learns that his female compardre is in fact trying to set him up. What she doesn't know though is that Mac is secretly working for the FBI, who have been following Virginia's thieving antics for years, and he is helping them to catch her. Confused? You will be. Having completed their first daring raid, Mac "persuades" Virginia to tell him what she is really up to - which is in fact enlisting him to help her with the most daring crime the world has ever seen - to steal no less than $8 billion dollars on Millenium Eve from South
                      East Asia's largest money clearing house. Where is all this money stashed then? Inside a computer of course, where else could you hide that sort of money? Definitely not in a bag marked "swag"! It is not just the challenge which Mac accepts though, as he is slowly but surely breaking his own golden rule of keeping it all professional, and finds himself falling for Virginia (well, you would, wouldn't you?). A feeling which is reciprocated by his partner. It's all getting complicated. That's all I'm prepared to tell you, as any more would spoil the fun of watching this very enjoyable film. Yet again Ms. Zeta-Jones proves that she is not just a pretty face and turns in a very good performance, showing that she can indeed act. As for Mr.Connery, do I really need to say anything that has not already been said? Even at the advance stage in his career he has the presence on screen that many would be actors would aspire to. He has the ability to make any role, however difficult, appear to be a walk in the park. Another actor of note who appears is Ving Rhames (Diamond Dog from "Con Air", MI:2 also) who plays the FBI agent assigned to Mac, ensuring he is playing by the rules. Another good performance from him and worth a mention. There is not very much bad with this film. Good plot, enjoyable story line throughout and very good cast. The soundtrack, although not memorable, is sufficient enough to carry the film along. The only downside to this film is that, after about 30-45mins, the plot is a little predictable and you have a feeling you know what is coming next, even right at the very end. Which is a shame as it is very enjoyable. I have watched it several times and enjoyed it thoroughly. Not big on special effects, but worth a viewing all the same.

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                        13.07.2001 18:09
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                        • "Plot has more holes than the roof on a bus shelter"

                        After reading many of the opinions on Enrapment here at DooYoo, I have to admit that I was a little shocked. Shocked to discover that their majority was actually stating that this was a great film. Oh dear. I may get into trouble for writing this with some of you other members, but please feel free to contact me if you think you can change my mind.... Catherine Zeta Jones: The girl from Wales. Millionairess, Michael Doulas' wife and world-wide sex symbol. But why on earth did the producers of this film even allow her to speak? Connery is there to save the film, but not even he seems comfortable as he has to interact with a woman who can't even decide how to say vase. The plot of this film is simple: Connery is a big time thief, and Catherine Zeta Jones is there to catch him, and also apparently to run away with the loot herself. But the plot gets confusing - not to the audience, but to the film makers themselves who seem more interested in framing the rear end of Mrs Douglas, and not about telling a story. Hollywood, what are you doing? Okay, to be fair to the movie, there are moments of fantastic special effect and action scenes that roll the film on to its inevitable ending. However, many of the scenes that make up this dreadful movie are simply TOO long! And the less said about the twist at the end the better. I figured it out after about ten minutes of the movie. I can assure you that this is not just me bragging about the genius of my cinematic mind for forseeing these plot twists: I was just as surprised as anyone else at the end of The Sixth Sense! This is one of the worst films ever made and I strongly reccommend that you stay away from it. Only watch this film if you have anti-depressents on standby. If you're a fan of Catherine Zeta Jones acting, then seek some serious mental assistance as soon as possible......

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                          08.07.2001 00:54

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                          The DVD is quite hard to find in the special edition version so it might be worth something in years to come. However, I'm not sure if it's the lines that she was given, or the way she performed them (a little of both, most likely), but Catherine Zeta-Jones is embarrassing as the sugar-coated Gin Baker, who seems to be doing nothing more than a bad Audrey Hepburn impression. Sean Connery doesn't fair much better with his "lonely crook with a heart of gold" character. The two of them together are laughable as "romantic" leads. Their chemistry is abysmal, and Sean Connery comes off more as an abusive father, rather than a sensual lover. Although most of the movie consists of this idiotic affair to forget, there are a few fairly entertaining action sequences. Sadly, they're spread thinly out over the two hours, and we're forced to watch the stuff in-between to get to them. This intrigue picture isn't intriguing enough to justify its two hour plus length.

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                          28.05.2001 04:03
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                          Entrapment, it was the first film I'd ever seen including Catherine Zeta-Jones, but I must say the impression I got was breathtaking. The plot of this film was brilliant - one could never guess what was around the corner, unless, of course, they had seen it before. Sean Connery, sensational as ever, plays 'Mac', a specialist criminal/co-conspirator, amongst other things(!) who stars alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, a fellow criminal. The hidden identity of each character throughout is a key to the secrecy of the film, and it's brought out very successfully indeed. The two work very well together, and the relationship grows as the film progresses. The film is about two supposed crooks who conspire to achieve the impossible. From a £40M dollar valued mask to a bank vault in Koala Lumpur, they must plan their actions to the finest detail to achieve their tasks, and then avoid capture, naturally. The success will arise if their achieve one or the other, but how long can it last, while they attempt to fool various associates they are somebody else? The mounting tension is well worked into this, and to say more of the plot gives too much away. What's so good about this film? - Well, the action sequences, and the daring stunts, the exact planning and death-defying feats. The secrecy, and the twists and turns which make this film unpredictable until the final few seconds. It's a film that never pauses, yet lets you work things out. And the acting - so like poles - it's the two opposites that attract, and combine brilliantly. The only drawback to this is that it's difficult to watch over and over again with the same enthusiasm, although the wonderful action scenes do keep most of it. I really recommend this film if you're an action film fan.

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                            25.05.2001 04:26

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                            Yes Sean Connery is at it again. Even though he's over seventy he's still able to do stunts, fight and pull the girls. Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Douglas?) star in this high tech action movie. Basically Connery is a theif and Jones the insurance investigator following him. Having been outwitted by Connery, Jones is forced to admit to him that she is also a thief and is looking to do the biggest job the world has ever seen. The two form an uneasy relationship and perform a job together. Having completed the job successfully Jones reveals the target - a target the Connery is not happy about. However, with some outside persuasion (you'll have to watch it to work out what!) the begin the job - which goes badly wrong. Can't really say more than that without giving away some major plot themes. A good film if a little unbelievable. Connery is as good as ever, though really he is getting a little too old for this sort of stuff!! Well worth watching and relatively fast paced. It should keep you guessing right up until the end.

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                          Sean Connery plays a master thief thought to be long retired, while Catherine Zeta-Jones is his foil, a hotshot insurance investigator assigned to his case. They both have a little something to hold over each other's heads, until it turns out that Zeta-Jones is a professional art thief herself and is playing on both sides of the fence. At first they eye each other with mutual distrust until they team up for a job, which goes off without a hitch. Inevitably their prickly relationship begins to thaw somewhat, and the two become attracted to each other as they plan out the massive Y2K bank scam that is the movie's climax (complete with sequel-ready ending). Entrapment plays somewhat like a 1970s caper movie revamped for the gadget-happy high-tech '90s. The plot takes a few too many laboured twists and turns, and the chemistry between the two leads is nearly non-existent, though both carry on gamely in their parts. On the other hand, there is some genuine suspense in many scenes as they go about their business, dripping with whiz-bang burglary devices. Zeta-Jones, of course, is drop-dead gorgeous, and Connery is as reliable as always in his role. The fairly flat editing and direction tends to drag the film down somewhat, but fans of caper movies, high-tech thrillers and the two leads should find plenty to like in this film. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com