Genre Guesstimation – The Italian Job (2003)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to ensemblecarl@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.

“I want to see the look on that man’s face when his gold is gone. He took my father from me, I’m taking this.” – Stella

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater on 4 Nov 2003 and 5 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After being double crossed by one of their team following a gold heist, a thief plots his revenge using the remaining team members.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Carl’s choice for me to watch.

This is a film that seems to work really well largely due to the ensemble cast that they were able to put together for it.

Each of the cast members do a wonderful job portraying the various aspects of the team members needed for each of the heists shown here.

Having Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Ed Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham and Donald Sutherland all together is such a thrill to watch.

They manage to structure the story of the film quite well and they are able to create some really thrilling and exciting action set pieces that helps keep things so much fun along the way.

The plot of the movie is played out well and we get a clear idea about the various motivations of the characters as things begin to play out.

Th film does a wonderful job blending together comedy, action, suspense and even a bit of drama for good measure as we watch this story play out in front of us.

Bottom Line – Works well largely due to its great ensemble cast. Wahlberg, Theron, Norton, Green, Statham and Sutherland are all great in these roles. The story is structured really well and we get to see some very thrilling scenes as they plan the heist and eventually plan their comeback which are so enjoyable to watch unfold. The plot works well and we get a clear idea of the motivations of each of the various characters.  The movie manages to blend together comedy, action and drama in a nice way that helps make this so enjoyable to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During production, Charlize Theron got two speeding tickets while driving in her own car, both for going more than 40 miles per hour over the speed limit. She said that after filming driving so fast, she just couldn’t get her speed down to drive home. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but not close enough. Not as thrilling as one could hope for, but still does a great job with what it has.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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