Eye For Film >> Movies >> Gone In 60 Seconds (2000) Film Review
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer lets us know once again that if you're going to see one of his films, you will not be getting anything less than state-of-the-art cinematic action. Unfortunately, as is often the case with a Bruckheimer production, the script is irrational and disappointing and lets us know right from the tee-off exactly what we're in for.
The way to make up for an otherwise weak script, is to bombard your audience with a host of remarkable and fantastic special effects, along with dramatic and captivating sequences of what can only be described as action overload (check out the features on the DVD). This, director Dominic Sena delivers comfortably, and, with an all-star cast fronted by Bruckheimer Prod's action-meister Nicholas Cage, Gone In 60 Seconds provides you with all you need for a popcorn blockbuster.
Except, of course, a decent and believable script. Also lacking is a prominent female lead. "What about Ms. Jolie?" I hear you cry.
Unfortunately, the lady involves herself in what is nothing more than a car lover's wet dream, and due to the continuos testosterone pumped into each and every scene, the target audience is obviously the male population. Jolie seems out of place, and although she performs her role to the best, she is constantly undermined by one thing - a car.
The name of every vehicle that is stolen being a woman's does nothing but prove that all the characters in the film are lustful villains with too much time on their greasy, irresponsible hands.
Cage is disappointing and shames previous flicks he and Bruckheimer have been involved in. If anything, this movie was a prolonged hobby for him, seeing as he is supposed to love cars, and without his leading status in Hollywood, this film would have cascaded into oblivion, or what is otherwise known as, the bargain bin.
Undeniably so, the action is excellent, and without a doubt has brought a new standard to motoring stunts. This wouldn't have been achievable without Bruckheimer's input, and, along with Sena's fast paced direction, Gone in 60 Seconds is definitely watchable, even if it has no real plot.Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2002