Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

If you thought Mission: Impossible was crumbly, you ain't seen nothing yet. Entrapment is a thriller so light it floats away into that place where a 60-year-old bloke is as agile as a chamois and a girl who works in insurance doubles as an international art thief.

Gin (Catherine Zeta-Jones) starts off in an investigative claims office and ends up initiating a Malaysian multi-billion dollar computer heist. Mac (Sean Connery) starts off as an icon in the bespoke burglary biz and ends up breaking his own rules and going soft in the I'm-a-loner-but-you're-a-stunner department.

The old-fashioned nature of the story is so creaky, Hitchcock's 1955 caper To Catch A Thief looks fresh by comparison. What gives it a modern slant is the high- tech equipment and gizmos that make sexy clunks and clicks and look so shiny and new.

There are a few twisty revelations about who is doing what to whom at the end, but by that time credulity has been trampled underfoot and you couldn't care less. Connery has enrolled in The Clint Eastwood School Of Minimalist Acting and Zeta-Jones, who looked so good in The Mask Of Zorro, is surprisingly dull.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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An insurer tries to help capture and art thief.
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Director: Jon Amiel

Writer: Ronald Bass, Michael Hertzberg

Starring: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta Jones, Ving Rhames, Will Patton, Maury Chaykin, Kevin McNally

Year: 1999

Runtime: 112 minutes

BBFC: 12 - Age Restricted

Country: US


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