A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.
Led by John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) and Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) a team is assembled for one last heist to steal $35 million in gold bars from a heavily guarded safe in Venice, Italy. After successfully pulling off the heist, a team member, Steve (Edward Norton), driven by greed and jealousy, arranges to take the gold for himself and eliminate the remaining members of the group. Thinking the team dead, he returns to L.A. with the gold. Charlie and the survivors of this betrayal follow Steve L.A. to exact revenge against the traitor. Charlie enlists the help of John Bridger's daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron) - a professional safe cracker, to get revenge. With Stella and the hacking skills of Lyle (Seth Green), the explosives skills of "Left Ear" (Yasiin Bey), and the driving skills of "Handsome" Rob (Jason Statham) this new team plans and executes a daring heist that weaves through the freeways and subways of L.A.Written by
James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the first draft of the original screenplay, a fairly faithful remake of the original The Italian Job (1969), with a prologue set in World War II, in which Charlie Croker's father tries and fails to recover the gold (tying the film in with Kelly's Heroes (1970), the other heist film of Troy Kennedy-Martin, who wrote the 1969 version). A new story was commissioned from writing team Donna Powers and Wayne Powers, that relocated most of the action to Los Angeles. Early posters and the trailer still credited Purvis and Wade as co-writers. See more »
When the Minis are about to cut in front of the train, whenever we view the event through Napster's screen there is a railing at the end of the platform (that would make it impossible for them to pull around). Whenever we are shown "live shots", the railing is gone and the position of the train has changed. See more »
I went to see THE ITALIAN JOB with mixed reviews in my head. I was pleasantly surprised with an entertaining close to 2 hours. I thought the cast was just great and so were the special effects, with the safe and truck just dropping out of sight. If you like fast paced action movies, this is the one to see.
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