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Italian Job (2003)
Get in. Get out. Get even.
Director: F. Gary Gray

Charlie Croker pulled off the crime of a lifetime. The one thing that he didn't plan on was being double-crossed. Along with a drop-dead gorgeous safecracker, Croker and his team take off to re-steal the loot and end up in a pulse-pounding, pedal-to-the-metal chase that careens up, down, above and below the streets of Los Angeles.

Italian Job (2003)

The In, The Out

This slick production lacks the cinematic acrobatics of “The Good Thief.”

Except, except for one clever thing. The editing.

The direction, acting and all that are pretty ordinary, as is the actual story and it tested very poorly. So — the story goes — the concerned producers brought in a giant in the editing profession to reshape the film. He tightened it up and did some other normal things, but he also focused on transitions between scenes.

This film spends a lot of time on elaborate entries and exits of scenes, and is the second film this year to do so. The “Matrix 2” was the other one. But Matrix used the transitions as tools to subliminally remind the viewer of the “difference” between reality and illusion.

Here, the transitions are less obvious but no less complex. They stylishly underscore the “get in, get out” tagline in a particularly graphic way while adding style and generating a little excitement.

Posted in 2003

Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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