a critiQal film review Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Plot: Randall "Memphis" Raines (Cage) was a car thief - one of the best, in fact - until he quit the life, 6 years ago. When his brother, Kip (Ribisi), gets in trouble from big-time thug Raymond Calitri (Eccleston), Memphis has to go back to life, and steal 50 cars for Calitri in one night...or Kip dies. On top of that, he’s got a cop (Lindo) who is dying to nab him for grand theft auto and a gang of car thieves that want him dead.

669 words (Est. Reading Time 3m 20s)
  • ...this supercharged remake leaves The Fast & The Furious far in the dust.

Ever seen The Fast and the Furious (2001)? Forget it – Gone In 60 Seconds puts it to shame. And that’s just in the first 5 minutes.

Be prepared to catch your breath in the opening credits, while Moby plays in the background. That’s about the last chance you’ll have. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the rest of the movie.

Gasp in awe at some of the beautiful cars, and watch the ultimate car theft go down before your eyes, including an incredible car chase scene that has to be seen to be believed. Just don’t forget to breathe.

The cast is phenomenal. You got the older players (Cage, Duvall, McBride, Jones and Jolie) mixing it up with the newbies (Ribisi, Caan head those), and you got yourself an all-star cast guaranteed to keep you involved. It’s great to see the big stars like Cage and Duvall mixing it up with the up-and-comers like Caan and Vinnie Jones (what a film to be introduced in – way to go Vinnie!) – and watch the newcomers hold their own.

The all-star cast keeps you emotionally involved throughout the film, and the cars don’t take over as the stars ala The Fast and the Furious (2001). The cars, however, are a cast member as well, and they don’t disappoint. You like Ferraris? Lotus? Mercedes? Or how about a ‘67 Shelby GT (named Eleanor)? Welcome to car lovers’ paradise, my friends.

With the cast of characters already beating The Fast and the Furious (2001) hands down, the plot comes in and continues the pummeling. Even after having seen that film, I’m still trying to figure out if there was a plot.

That’s no problem here. Gone In 60 Seconds starts off with a great set-up, and is very well thought out throughout the film. Just like the characters, the plot isn’t lost in the glow of the cars, it’s enhanced because of them.

During the big chase scene, the adrenaline already pumps just because of the fast cars and big action. But toss in the fact that Memphis’ brother’s life is depending on him to bring the car through the scene in one piece, and that means the big chase at the end is a knuckle-biter, rather than just an adrenaline pop.

It’s easy to make a movie, throw some fast cars in, and just sit back and rake in the male audience cash. Throw in a plot and some excellent characters, and now we’re talking a movie people don’t have to be embarrassed to like.

The special effects are impressive. The driving skills, especially, take center stage in effects. Thanks to one of the interesting features on the DVD, we find out Nicolas Cage actually did most of his own stunts, and he and the others all attended racing school. Adds a bit extra to the movie, don’cha think?

The public is starting to become less affected by the special effects, now, with the amazing things that can be seen on any of the big summer movies. But to actually have one of the big special effects being just how to keep a camera attached to the car while the actor is speeding around in it is so much more thrilling.

Hot cars. Amazing cast. Great storyline. Add a kickin’ soundtrack and what’s not to like? Finally – a guys’ movie for both sexes! Gone In 60 Seconds is a definite to own on DVD. Especially if you’re a guy – just for your own safety.

How many people do you know saw this in the theaters and then drove home after? Were they just a tad more aggressive on the road? Did they speed just a little bit more? I’ll bet they did.

Now you can watch this in the comfort of your own home, and not have to worry about getting pulled over by the local cops for speeding afterwards. Get your copy today …because I’m sure it will be Gone in 60 Seconds.

No comment yet, add your voice below!

Leave a Reply

Around the Web