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Nicholas Cage is a great actor but he occasionally does some pretty bad movies, Gone in 60 Seconds is a pretty good action movie with a very stylish plot but some very ordinary acting in it.
In this movie Cage plays a convicted car thief (Randall "Memphis" Raines) who after a spell in jail is attempting to go straight. The only problem is his younger brother who looks up to Randall and attempts to follow in his footsteps has found himself in the debt of an underworld figure and it falls on Cage to get him out of trouble.
To do this Randall must steal fifty high perforance cars in a single night and deliver them to the docks within a set deadline only then will his brother be spared. Cage has to set about putting together a team to get the job done while at the same time avoid the police who are hot on his tail and desperate for a reason to put him back in jail.
Angelina Jolie also stars in the film as a former girlfriend of his and also Vinnie Jones appears as a mute hard man and finally Robert Duvall who deliveres a traditionally strong performance that you would expect from him.
This is a straight forward action movie, ideal for those who love to watch car chases or just drool over some top end cars. Some of the dialogue is a bit weak and cliched and the plot is also quite predictable but the action scenes are superb and this is a much better film than any of the Fast and Furious series of films.
Gone in 60 Seconds
Directed by: Dominic Sena
Written by: H.B Halicki (1974), Scott Rosenberg
Randall Raines (Nicholas Cage) moved on from his life as one of the biggest car thieves in Los Angeles in the mid nineties. His brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) however keeps up the trade and forms his own group for his very own grand theft auto. After getting work from notorious Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston) to get together a collection of his chosen cars, Kip finds himself in deeper than he realizes. When he fails to reach Calitri's standards of auto theft it comes down to his brother to step in and try to not only save the day, but Kip's life. It isn't an easy situation however. Randall (known as Memphis to close friends) has to get 50 of the most exotic cars within the Long Beach district in just one night. The reward being $200,000 for a completed job is completely out weighted by death to his brother if the target is not reached.
Memphis knows he cannot do this along and decides to call in some old friends from his very own car thieving days. With a mixture of experts in the trade teaming together, including Sara Wayland (Angelina Jolie), an old romance of Memphis, time is ticking to get these chosen cars.
When things couldn't be more difficult Memphis walks into an old 'friend' being Detective Roland Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo) whose keen to know why his suddenly back in town after a 47% drop in theft after Memphis' disappearance. Now not only Kip's life is in jeopardy, but Randall's could end up behind bars.
The plot itself isn't too strenuous to understand. It's a basic structure to a basic action film in my opinion, but I don't find this being a problem. With it not being too serious it's an easy watch for a night in with a friend or two. There are many characters involved in the film and many famous faces throughout, however only few such as Nicolas Cage and Delroy Lindo have main roles with the rest simply playing a part in the background. Even Angelina Jolie hasn't got the most exciting role in the film.
The first half of the film, while not to be described as 'slow', just lacks a lot of action that you feel it could use to grasp the viewer in. It mainly consists of a basic background story, along with the meeting and greetings of new characters that eventually make up the 'team'. Once the second half kicks in however it's pure and simple. There's no possible way for someone to be confused as to what's happening as it couldn't be more in your face and simple. However this is what makes it an easy film to watch and enjoy without putting too much strain on your brain! Whilst its sneaking and chasing for the majority of the film towards the end it doesn't get too much or become too boring or repetitious for the viewer and everything seems to be spiced up in its own unique way from chase to chase. The ending, while not exactly outrageously well thought, is still a good ending in my opinion. Things get rounded off but I will not mention much more.
Another good feature of the movie is some of the sound clips used. We all know a silent movie doesn't have the same effect as a full on 5.1 Dolby digital movie with a killer soundtrack. There are a good selection of clips of songs played from artists such as BT (popular in the Fast and Furious soundtracks, another car based film) and the Chemical Brothers.
If you have a night in, a few beverages and maybe even a big tub of popcorn then it's definitely a film to enjoy. With its action from the second half onwards and pure simplicity throughout it makes it an easy night in but well worthwhile. These days it can be purchased for as little as £4 so it's not exactly an expensive film to see, especially as you may find yourself watching it time and time again. I know I have! Enjoy.
First of all I must mention that this is a film only review, I have not seen the DVD so can't comment on any extras or anything like that.
So Gone In Sixty Seconds came out back in the year 2000. This is an all action film staring Nicholas Cage and the rather lovely Anglina Jolie. This film was a big hit at the time as fast cars and pretty people seems to draw in the crowds at the cinema! The film was directed by Dominic Sena.
The film tells the story of a retired car thief. Yet Memphis Raines in no ordinary car thief, he is the best there is. However he must go back into business and convince his old friends help him make one last robbery in order to save his brothers life. But this is no standard job, he must steal 50 cars in one night! And he must do it fast, hence 'gone in 60 seconds!'.
This is not really the kind of film I like. Pretty people and fast cars are nice to look at but there not the kind of thing that make me enjoy a film. However there are plenty of plus points to this film. There is some great action and as you would expect some good car chases. The film is well put together and is quite entertaining.
On the down side the film is very predicatble, and it does drag on a little towards the end. I'm not a huge fan of Nicholas Cage, think he is a little wooden in many of his roles and for me this was the case in this film. Angelina Jolie plays a decent little role and she always adds to a film for me.
The film runs for 118 minutes which for me is just a little bit to long. I found myself looking at my watch and fidgeting in my chair. I think they could have cut some out of this film and not really lost any of the story, and this would have improved the film for me.
The film is rated as a 12. There is some swearing and violence and sexual refrences, nothing really to bad that should offend to many people.
Overall this is a decent film but certainly nothing special. I would not bother watching it again and would not really feel like I was missing out if I'd missed it the first time round. So if you have not seen this film, I wouldn't worry to much, unless this is the kind of thing your really into, you not missing that much!
Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 action film, starring Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Will Patton and Angelina Jolie. The film was directed by Dominic Sena, and written by Scott Rosenberg. It was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock, and Armageddon, and is a remake of the 1974 H.B. Halicki film of the same name.
The storyline begins with a group of young Californian neanderthals failing in completing a job for the new hardnut in town. Unfortunately, this leads to the ringleader being placed inside a car and nearly being crushed; only to be saved by the return of his brother, called back to do the job for him, as some years previous he retired from being "the best booster on the land".
The story continues with the plans of how to steel 50 cars in just 3 days. For some reason, the actual steal does not begin untill the final night; where the group set to work on getting at the wanted vehicles. Unfortunately, a long-time police officer rival knows whats going down, and does his best to stop Cage from succeeding.
The story ends with Cage having just one more car to steal. Named Eleanor, a 1969 Shelby Mustang is his 'Unicorn' or 'fabled creature' as he has always failed in his attempts to steal it. However, will this occasion be different?
Watch the film to find out!
Unfortunately, in my opinion, cancel that last line. I do not recommend you watch this film. The action scenes are too short, and the talking too long. The car chases actually seem like they are going slowly, and Cage chooses to whisper throughout the entire film.
I watched this with my girlfriend; she hated it with a vengeance. To me, it was a poor film, but, having a keen interest in cars i didn't mind watching it too much.
It's more frustrating than anything else. A concept for a good movie was thought up, and then ruined by poor directing. I have no doubts the 1974 version would be better.
Watch that instead.
Gone in 60 Seconds is a remake of a 1974 film written by H B Halicki. It is directed by Dominic Sena, and features a famous cast and some fast cars, all accompanied by a rocking soundtrack to give car lovers and those who enjoy action films a bit of a ride!
Memphis Raines (Nicolas Cage) used to be the best car thief out there. Untouchable, he would get any car he wanted. Retired following too many close encounters with the law, he returns to his home town to find that his little brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) has gotten involved with the wrong people and is in trouble. Memphis agrees to steal a number of cars in order to ensure the safe release of his brother, but reverting back to his old life isn;t going to be easy, especially when his return has been noted by the law, too.
The main thing about this film is the fast car aspect. There are some beautiful cars on show here, and some loud revving can only help to give a testosterone filled film that extra little kick. The 'gang' feel to the film is recreated when Memphis contacts his old crew to do the job, stealing 50 cars in next to no time at all. There are some good performances from many of the actors, including Angelina Jolie as Sway, Scott Caan as Tumbler, and Vinnie Jones as The Sphinx. Delroy Lindo and Timothy Olyphant give us a treat as the cops hot on the heels of Raines and his gang, and the remainder of the cast give us a good show as well.
But it is Nicolas Cage who steals the show. The actor is very good in this film, as he is in most of his roles. He is thoroughly convincing as the ex-car thief forced back into doing what he does best against his wishes. The plot has come up trumps, adn this is pure enjoyment. There is some cheesy acting involved at times, in a very similar way to The Fast and The Furious, with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, but the two films are different enough in style to lack too much of a comparison.
Overall, I was impressed with this film. It is by no means a masterpiece, and it wouldn't feature in any top ten lists I have, but it is harmless entertainment, and you don't have to think about it too much. The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.98.
Another hard hitting adrenaline pumping action thriller from Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Vinnie Jones, Robert Duval and Giovani Ribisi star in this all star cast about a reformed professional car thieve who has to save his brother from a notorious Crime lord after he followed in his big brothers footsteps.
Cage who plays Memphis Raynes along with his old team have to steal 50 high end cars in 24 hours or his younger brother will be killed. Along there way they come across various problems from old enemies.
Its a fast paced thrills and spills film thats a must for any car nut. The slick and sexy style mixed with the hard hitting attitude of Vinnie Jones makes this a definite for the DVD collection as can be expected with a Jerry Bruckheimer film.
Theres plenty of funny bits in there too to keep you entertained but if thats not enough theres always Angelina Jolie to keep the male audience content.
When Memphis Raines (Nicholas Cage) returns to town to realise that his little brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) is in a lot of trouble and is possibly going to be killed, he is asked by his mother to do anything to protect her youngest son, whatever it takes, and find Memphis having to go back to a previous life and do something that he said he would never do again.
Memphis was a car thief and when visiting Raymond Calitri (Christopher Ecclestone), the man that vows to kill his younger brother, he is tasked with stealing 50 of the ost prestigious cars, some of which may prove to be difficult to track down and deliver them within 48 hours.
With the clock ticking, Memphis needs to act quick to save his younger brother and has to return to his previous life and look up old contacts that he was associated with during that life in order to try and get them to help to fulfil this mission. Meeting people from the past proved to be emotional as he contacts his old partner Sway (Angelina Jolie) and trys to get her to help him. Reluctantly she agrees, and along with the team they set off to steal the 50 cars, all of which are given female names in order to talk about them without mentioning the name of the car.
With only 48 hours to complete the task, the time is ticing to save Kip.
Memphis Raines (Nicholas Cage)
Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi)
Sway (Angelina Jolie)
Otto (Robert Duvall)
Raymond Callitri (Christopher Ecclestone)
Sphinx (Vinnie Jones)
The film itself has what I would consider as quite a star cast, with many of the big names in Hollywood starring in the film. The combination of the cast works extremely well together which makes this film even more of a pleasure to watch. The likes of Vinnie Jones who plays Sphinx in the film, doesn't actually say a word throughout the film right until the very end, however the way that he communicates is comical but works well in the film.
Angelina Jolie plays an excellent role as Sway, the tomboy with sex appeal and speaks her own mind and doesn't care about what anyone thinks of her. I feel that this is one of the best performance that she has done.
Gone in 60 Seconds has got to be one of my favourite films of all time. Throughout the whole of the film, it keeps you gripped, there is never a dull moment within it. The storyline is great, however this is actually a remake of another film of the same name that was made in the 70's, which I would like to see to compare. The performance's of the cast and the cast themselves have been well chosen and work well as a team. Overall its a film that I could keep watching over and over again and never get bored of it.
Gone in 60 seconds is a film i have seen time and time again and i love it now as much as i did a few years ago.
Nicolas Cage plays Memphis Raines who is a notorious ex-car thief who moved across America to start a new life. Unfortunately his younger brother Kip has decided to follow (very badly) in his footsteps by boosting cars, Memphis has to come back and sort out his mess.
The Mess? well basically they have one night to steal and deliver 50 expensive cars that are all given ladies names. The best is left till last and followed by a car chase.
Angelina Jolee does not have a major part in this film more there to hint at a romantic past with the main character but it is good to see a woman getting involved in the fast cars and it keeps the men happy!
If you like fast cars and can appreciate them then you will enoy this film very much and not be disappointed.
This is a classic car film that I saw in the cinema twice. It is a great film with two great actors, Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, who both out in a great performance. Based on a remake of gone in 60 seconds from 1974.
Randall "Memphis" Raines played by Nicholas Cage thought he had left the world of stealing behind him, until he has to come out of retirement to save his brother Kip as he had not manage to pull off a heist of cars, So Memphis has to get all of his old gang back together Otto played by Robert Duvall and an old flame played by Angelina Jolie, in order to pull off the car heist of all car heists by stealing 50 specified luxury cars in 24 hours. Unfortunately the police are already hot on there trail. All things are going to plan until it get to the last car which Memphis has tried to steal before and he was unsuccessful, so Memphis has to try for a second time around to save his brothers life, will he do it???
This film has lots of action, some great car chase sequences in it and not to mention a variety of great cars.
What a film this is fantastic from start to finish great the special effects. One to see for any car fan.
gone in 60 seconds is a remake of the1974 version. i think it has lived up to the first film (which was not completed).
this is a great film, with what i would say makes a film great. it has fast cars, well known actors and a lot of crashes.
the story begins with kip memphises brother stealing a porsche, he arrogantly starts a street race and is seen by a police officer on the side of the road making a unrelated arrest. the police officer finds out that the car is stolen and in a couple of minutes the whole police force is trying to catch kips gang. kip and his gang make a exit and fortunately no one is arrested, however a not so pleased calitri (who is going to buy the stolen cars) threatens to kill kip. memphis finds out and goes to see calitri and gives him money to let kip off the hook, unfortunately for kip calitri is more worried about his image, then he is trying to make money. calitri asks memphis to steal 50 cars for him if he wants his brother alive. memphis agrees and calls friends who can help him steal the car however he finds out that some are dead some have found respectable jobs and some are in prison. with a few members kip thinks his gang should join in. memphis agrees and they begin to steal the cars, with a few knock backs the team are on there way to stealing the cars in time, the bad news is the last car is the shelby mustang gt500, memphis has a very bad past with the car. on his way to stealing the car he runs in to randall who he also has had a bad past past with ( randall is a police officer who has been unsucessful to catch memphis and this is his last chance), with a lot of crashes high speed pursuits memphis makes it, the down side is he is late and the car is not in great condition. calitri orders his mean guys to get rid of memphis however with help of kip memphis escapes and tries to kill calitri, with randall at the scene held at gunpoint by calitri memphis pushes calitri of the barrier and kills him. randall lets memphis go for saving his life.
this film is in my top tens because it has angelina jolie and fast cars.
i think this film is value for money for car fans.
This all action thriller which includes vinnie jones is perfect if you are into fast cars but lacks a little when you look into the plot.A classic bad turns good to help out, car action movie. I wouldnt reccomend this movie for children under 15 because the language is pretty bad and you dont really want your children to be stealing cars lol.
The graphics in this movie are perfect and they make you feel as if you were inside the car---afterwards you sure wish you could be, believe me.
The cars are given womens names which makes you wonder what kind of car you would be.
Overall if you are looking for a quick fix of action buy this movie.
Nicolas Cage has always been one of my favourite actors and in this movie he plays a convicted car thief (Randall "Memphis" Raines) who after a spell in jail is attempting to go straight. The only problem is his younger brother who looks up to Randall and attempts to follow in his footsteps has found himself in the debt of an underworld figure and it falls on Cage to get him out of trouble.
Cage is given the job of stealing 50 high perforance cars in a single night and deliver them to the docks within a set deadline only then will his brother be spared. Cage has to set about putting together his old gang in a desperate attempt to save is brother. As if the odds are not already stacked against him he is also being pursued by the police in the form of Delroy Lindo and another car jacking gang who think he is muscling in on their territory.
Also starring in this film are a scary looking Angelina Jolie as a former girlfriend, Vinnie Jones as a mute hard man and Robert Duvall who deliveres a traditionally strong performance that you would expect from a seasoned pro.
This is a straight forward action movie, ideal for those who love to watch car chases or just drool over some top end cars. The acting will not set the world alight and the plot is not very complicated. Cage turns in a competent performance showing the passion for cars that his character has but skating over any other character traits.
The car chases are expertly shot with lots of noise and changing camera angles and a pretty good soundtrack. There are moments of humour such as the time Jones finds a snake is one of the cars that he has stolen.
The final car chase featuring a Shelby Mustang is pretty good although by this time you have already seen lots of car based action and it is beginning to become a bit predictable.
Perfect for petrol heads but not for anyone who wants to see character development and some emotion in the actors.
Jerry Bruckheimer pays homage to "The Dukes of Hazzard" in this cliché-riddled tale of fast cars, fast women, and fast thinking! Okay, well, the characters don't really think all that much, and, sure, Angelina Jolie is only there for window dressing... but the cars are fast, right? No, but they sure look nice, and isn't that all that's really important in a summer blockbuster? Not even. Nicolas Cage is "Memphis" Raines, an ex-car thief turned good and, never having actually paid for his crimes against humanity, now runs a go-cart center for children. Seriously. Following in his brother's footsteps is Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), who has promised to steal fifty rare or expensive cars by a specific deadline but gets into trouble when the cops impound the ones he's already stolen. "Memphis" has to complete the order Kip couldn't make and, just to make things interesting, decides to steal them all in the same night... at the last possible second. Angelina Jolie shows up for a few minutes, as does Robert Duvall, and Delroy Lindo plays the hard-boiled detective from the streets giving "Memphis" all the rope he needs to hang himself. Where did this film go horribly wrong? First, it's a remake of a 1974 film of the same title that starred, was written by and directed by H.B. Halicki, who later made a sequel that apparently was much better than the original. Apparently, only Jerry Bruckheimer remembered the original. Second is the script. If the bad guy says "I am holding your brother hostage, go steal cars for me," why would the bad guy let his hostage go? On the word of a fellow criminal? "Memphis" leaves, get this, LEAVES ten thousand dollars in cash on the floor of the bad guy's office when's it's thrown back in his face, but apparently doesn't have the resources to smuggle his mom and brother out of town when there's nobody stopping him. Yeah, "
Memphis" is one smart (reformed) criminal mastermind. Third, Angelina Jolie. You'd think she was just the pin-up girl every mechanic has hanging on his wall, not an under-used Oscar-winning actress that got roped into a bad film by an agent she should fire. By the look of the trailer and movie posters, you'd also assume she had more than five minutes of screen time, too. Everyone else walks through their part, kind of an old- world- thieves- meet- new- world- thieves kind of thing, but even that doesn't make up for having a dog that eat three uncopyable laser-encrypted keys and the time that was wasted walking the dog to do his business and recover them. Feel sorry for Nicolas Cage. After The Rock and, to lesser extent, Con Air, he's stuck in lukewarm thrillers like Snake Eyes and the far worse 8mm. When he does do a halfway decent movie, like Bringing Out the Dead, nobody sees it when the studio botches the marketing, so it's back to films like Gone in Sixty Seconds.. Sure, there's a moment or two of tension and the inevitable car chase actully the chases are quite good, and it looks good, well filmed and all, but nothing really happens just lots of waiting about un till it does happen.
me, thats who. His acting is possibly one of the lowest points of this scriptually appalling film. if your expecting a film with a good story line, some form of plot and a reasonable script you've come to the wrong place. If your looking for high speed action, explosions and excitemnet, you're in the right place. Thif film has one of the worst stroy lines i think i have ever experianced, "my brother's life's on the line unless i steal 50 cars". Who ever thought up that one wants a pat on the back. shocking. As a piece oc cinematic art it rates so very low, in fact its crap, but as poor as it is it does have an entertaining side to it, car chases, flames, broken glass, sex (a little bit) and explosions. Everything an american action film needs, and thats what i t is, a typical american action yarn, so go ahead, give it a watch, might as well.
A fast-paced, high-speed movie, with a storyline overtaking in the ‘Must-See’ lane. If you’ve seen The Fast and The Furious, then this is a must-see. A movie with a storyline that captivates you, and makes you want to hand over your £50,000 motor (you know, the one in your dreams) to a criminal. An action movie with loads of stunning cars, car chases and car crashes, is a movie you will probably want to see. Now add an enticing and heart-warming storyline, and you have yourself an irresistible movie. So what happens? Well Memphis (Nicolas Cage), once a renowned car booster (car thief), is now retired from the life of crime. Though after his younger brother (Giovanni Ribsi) makes bad on a promise to a local mobster to deliver 50 cars, his life hangs in the balance of Memphis going back to boosting one last time. Not surprisingly, Memphis agrees to boost these 50 cars to save his brothers life. Thus begins a race against time to reassemble his old crew and boost 50 cars, all with the cops watching carefully over him. If this movie doesn’t get your pulse racing, and you pleading for things to go well for Memphis and his crew, then you can’t be watching the same Gone In 60 Seconds as me.
Gone in 60 Seconds opens on Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi), a cocky young car thief working with a crew to steal 50 cars for a very bad man whose nickname is "The Carpenter". Being young and cocky, Kip messes up, so it's up to his big brother, Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage), to come out of car-thief retirement and save him. With a cast that includes Robert Duvall, Angelina Jolie, Delroy Lindo, Cage and Ribisi, it would be easy to say this story wastes all their talents--which it does, but that's not the point. This is a Jerry Bruckheimer film. A good story and complex characters would only get in the way of the action scenes and slow the movie down. No, Gone in 60 Seconds (based on the cult 1974 film of the same name) is not about the stars as much as it's about cars. Fast cars. Rare cars. Wrecked cars. All cars. Too bad director Dominic Sena (Kalifornia) doesn't come across as more of a gearhead; he seems less interested in fast cars than fast cuts. But is this movie fun? Absolutely, and it's fun because it's so stupid. With pointless car chases and hackneyed dialogue in one of the most predictable plots of the year, Gone in 60 Seconds is a comic film that's not quite a parody of itself, but darn close. --Andy Spletzer, Amazon.com