“You know, the only thing worse than a thief is a coward.”
– Stella Bridger

SYNOPSIS: After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. – via IMDB

I haven’t actually seen this since it came out, and recently figured I would give it a shot again. Which I did. Let me preface all that is to follow by saying that this movie holds up poorly upon rewatch. Very poorly. Essentially a 110 minute Mini Cooper advert, there is little to gel it all together. I am someone that enjoys a heist movie, really. They are fun, entertaining, and sharp. The Italian Job is not as smart or sassy as it pretends to be, and is nowhere near as witty as it think it is, either.

The movie has a recognizable cast, which is a big draw here. That being said, they all play rather flat characters that don’t actually develop at all, people we don’t really care about. The story is simple and straightforward, and not once does anything happen that surprises you. This is both a good and a bad thing in the fact that you can just get right down to things, but on the other hand offers up nothing to remember after the fact. The actors all seem to be having fun, which is a good thing.

The performances were decent and fit t he type of movie this was. The Italian Job was shot really well, and had decent pacing. By no means a thorough story or something you get too invested in, just enough to give you what you need to move on to the movie and the heist. Music fit the movie, but didn’t necessarily stand out in any which way. I don’t actually have much to say about this one.

At the end of the day, there are far better heist movies to occupy yourself with – ones with better stories, infinitely superior humour, and so much smarter. Ocean’s Eleven is a prime example of how a heist film can be done, and it had a much bigger set of characters to work with, and it was fleshed out far better than this. The Italian Job is not the worst movie you can waste your time on, but it pretty bland at the end of the day.

11 thoughts on “Review: The Italian Job (2003)

  1. lukebbtt says:

    I can’t really remember this one all to well. But I do kind of want to watch the original now.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Totally forgettable. I don’t think I ever saw the original. This hasn’t urged me to hurry up and get to it though.

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  2. have to agree with lukebbtt before me, I know I’ve seen it, but all I can remember are the cars, your absolutely right!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks! Nothing except the cars really stays with you after the fact.

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  3. Natasha says:

    I can’t remember if I left this on my Blindspot. Hmm. NEed to check. All I know from this and this is purely the marketing is there are a lot of Mini Coopers going around.

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    1. Zoë says:

      YOU SEE?! That is pretty much ALL that stays with you hahahaha. They also never, ever explained why they picked the Minis.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Natasha says:

        My opinion about Minis (the new ones) are actually such reverse-snobbery and I don’t like them at all, so the marketing makes no sense. Why not choose something big and powerful?

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  4. Dan O. says:

    Everyone involved is way better than the material (yes, even Seth Green). But still, they make it work. Nice review.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Dan! Yeah, the cast did what they could, but the material was such a let down.

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  5. Tom says:

    Be honest Zoe — it was Charlize Theron that brought this film down, wasn’t it?? 😉 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      xD Maybe, maybe!

      Liked by 1 person

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