This is my 3983rd Review
Thanks to Vinnie H. of Vinnie’s Movie Blog for this recommendation.
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in ’99 and 16 Apr 2018)
Brief Synopsis – An insurance agent pretends to be a master thief in order to try and capture an art thief.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that pairs an older actor (Sean Connery) with a young actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones) with hopes that it will help but ultimately it makes things stranger and even in some ways uncomfortable because they have no chemistry whatsoever together.
The plot is somewhat entertaining for whats its worth, but unfortunately there is more in this film that doesn’t work than the parts that do.
The story is interesting yet they try to depend too heavily on surprises and shocks that are injected in the story too often for its own good.
The plot itself gets more and more convoluted as things move along and loses so much of its credibility because things just don’t work as well as one would hope.
As much as I love Connery, he is miscast here because his character is just too old for the role that he plays here.
Bottom Line – Entertaining film for what its worth, but too much of it doesn’t work well enough. Connery and Zeta-Jones have no chemistry together and this is yet another case where a young actress is paired with a much older actor. The story itself is interesting but too much depends on surprises which they try to inject into the storyline at too many intervals. The plot gets pretty convoluted as it moves along and just doesn’t work as well as one would hope. As great an actor as Connery is, he is just too old for this kind of role IMHO.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film came in two million dollars below its budget. Co-producer Rhonda Tollefson credits this to Producer Sean Connery’s thrifty Scottish ways. Connery drove his own car, instead of hiring a driver, and flew on commercial planes, instead of using private ones, so that all of the money, would show up onscreen. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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