Review: The Italian Job

The Italian Job (2003) has very little to do with The Italian Job (1969), except for a scheme involving traffic lights and the use of Mini's.

The lack of faithfulness in this loose remake, however, doesn't change the fact that it's a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

The film is not going to bring any actors on the main named talent (Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton), however Charlize Theron had an excellent performance as the newbie.

The car chases were a lot of fun and the film did a nice job of folding moderately realistic technology into its plot without making us geeks cringe.

The film is safe for those with violence and explicit sex issues (PG-13), and I would say a good choice for people who see more than ten films a year. It won't lose a lot when it comes to video, so if you are so inclined, that is also a good option. With an opening weekend gross of $15M, it is likely to hit the stores early this fall.