Gone in 60 Seconds Reviews
A film younger, contemporary filmakers working on car-chase blockbuster franchises should watch over and over again.
I believe the lead actor of this film was the director also & he wasn't too crash hot at either.
Filled with some terrific car stunts & chases this film has some merit, but is directed & edited like a nightmare.
Of course, it takes a while before you can truly determine what the premise offers as outside of the first chase scene is a large quantity of dialogue against inexperienced acting to pass the time. The boring wait goes on for about 50 minutes, and the problem here is that a good action film has to have its action evenly paced throughout the film, but instead there's a long wait until the action presents itself with minor brief chase scenes between the two periods of 47 minutes in the film, until the cataclysmic final 40 minute car chase. The waiting in Gone in 60 Seconds throws off the viewing experience, with the into real stimulation being the hope that something cool will present itself and the sights of so many awesome classical cars, some of the grooviest ever to be specific, in particular H.B. Halicki's Eleanor, the first Ford Mustang to receive starring credit for a film.
Unfortunately, Eleanor doesn't hold the interest of a viewer not looking for antique automobile nostalgia and instead results in boredom, and so viewers today will not view Gone in 60 Seconds in the same light they did in 1974. Although viewers then, particularly the youths with car chase obsessions would have marvelled at the awesome vehicles used and the final 40 minute car chase, viewers today will have had they minds set on racing films such as The Fast and the Furious series or the classical Smokey and the Bandit series, films where the action is consistent instead of over and done with in one big shot.
To summarise, half of Gone in 60 Seconds is crap, but at least it's only half, unlike in the terrible remake where the time is indefinite and seemingly longer than it actually is due to painstaking boredom.
However, one thing the remake achieves better than the original is explanation of plot. In the original Gone in 60 Seconds, I have no idea how to understand just what the hell was occurring. H.B. Halicki claimed that 40 cars needed to be delivered to the docks by Friday as the plot, but there is no real further explanation and all that happens from there is a few random people talking and then suddenly H.B. Halicki's iconic Eleanor is on the run from the police, and that goes on for 40 minutes. Although its cool, what it means isn't explained and is unclear to me and so many people, pointing out how H.B. Halicki is bereft of the ability to act or write in lieu of being an excellent stuntman with astounding direction for action.
Essentially, the 40 minute chase scene is great and worth checking out, and the single thing making Gone in 60 Seconds notable. The rest of it is essentially garbage, but fans of classic automobiles and original car chase scenes will find Gone in 60 Seconds somewhat awesome. It wasn't somewhat enough for me though, and should have been more.
* Junkman (1982)