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The Italian Job 1969 April 24, 2009

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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When I saw the more recent version of The Italian Job (Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron), I enjoyed it quite a bit. When I read the reviews of the film, however, it seemed that many critics found the heist/chase in the original version starring Michael Caine to be better. At that point in time, I had my doubts about that claim but after watching the film, I have to agree that they were more than right!

Written by Troy Kennedy-Martin and directed by Peter Collinson, the original is very different from its successor, not only in terms of content but also in spirit (and location – this one actually happens in Italy). This film is not aiming to get the audience upbeat or excited through fancy gimmicks and heist scenes. In the early stages, I felt like I was watching a project manager plan, strategize and practice for a task with his team. It is actually quite interesting to view a heist from that perspective but by today’s standards this segment isn’t exciting. However, once the team manages to steal the gold, the film steadily gains a charming persona.

The heist and the following chase sequence take up a third of this film and are memorable to watch. This film is worth watching for this part alone and I felt compelled to watch it more than once. Even if you dislike watching old films for whatever reason, I’d still recommend that you watch the last third of this film.

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1. Shujath - April 26, 2009

This film really is really worth a watch purely for the chase sequence. I would rather recommend more recent flicks in the genre (the new Italian Job included) where the prologue to the actual heist is as entertaining as the heist itself and what follows after it.

Coming to the chase sequence, it should be noted that this one is quite unique in terms of the concept and the way it is filmed – so remove any misconception of being treated to a regular sixties-seventies chase.

And no matter what your overall impression of this movie would be the final scene would definitely leave a smile on your face


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