After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.
If this sleek, ticking remake of a 1969 caper film starring Michael Caine follows the conventions of the genre without major deviations, it puts together the familiar elements with an impressive skill and considerable wit. With its impeccable timing, steady kinetic drive and superbly choreographed chase sequences through the canals of Venice and the streets of Los Angeles, it feels like a smooth, exciting whoosh down a ski slope. This particular variation on the caper formula is a revenge drama in which a team of honorable thieves led by Mark Wahlberg plots to steal back the stolen gold that was hijacked by a traitor (Edward Norton) after an earlier heist: insubstantial but well made for its type. — Stephen Holden
2003-05-30 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of The Italian Job