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Entrapment : James Bond, Zorro's girlfriend, and a zombie killer. And The Petronas Towers ...
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Advantages: Highly exciting, great cast, fun to watch
Disadvantages: A tad confusing 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.
Summary: A very exciting film this one, but highly confusing, especially at the end.