Number of Times Seen – Twice (9 Jun 2000 in Theater and 8 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – After his brother gets into trouble with a local crime lord, a former professional thief must return t his roots and with his team steal 50 cars in one night in order to save his brother
My Take on it – This is another pointless remake that never should have been made.
The film uses the very basic form of the plot from the original film and doesn’t manage to deliver in any way, shape or form here.
Nicholas Cage is completely miscast in the lead role here and fails to have any chemistry with any of his costars.
This is especially painful when he is suppose to share screen time with Robert Duvall and Angelina Jolie.
The story feels much too disjointed here and even the montage of car thefts isn’t enjoyable to watch at all.
The film has a sub plot dealing with a cat and mouse game between Cage and Delroy Lindo, but even that feels laughable and fails to help make this story feel any more believable.
This film is extremely inferior to the original film from 1974 despite the fact that that movie has a super thin plot.
It’s actually hard to imagine that these two movies are really somehow connected.
The car chase and car crash scenes don’t live up to the title of the film and most seem quite mediocre in comparison to what was done in the original.
This unfortunately hurts things so much because it just help emphasis the fact that this movie was completely unnecessary to have been made at all.
Bottom Line – Below average crime thriller that has a premise that could have been worked much better. Cage has no chemistry with any of his co stars (even Jolie) and the story feels much too disjointed as things move along. The cat and mouse scenes between Lindo and Cage are pretty laughable and they fail to make us truly believe things here. This is so inferior to the original film that in some ways it’s horrendous that there is even a connection between the two. The car chase and car crash scenes also aren’t very god and hurt things so much here because this film feels too unnecessary from start to finish.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Seven Eleanor replicas were made for use in this movie. Five of them were totaled during stunt sequences. Nicolas Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer kept the remaining two. Cage regularly takes his out for joy rides, while Bruckheimer is afraid of driving his. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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