The Italian Job

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Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.



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A team of high-class thieves avenge their mentor's death -- with the help of his own daughter -- in this big-budget remake of the 1969 British caper classic. The Italian Job stars Mark Wahlberg as Charlie, the mastermind of a daring Venice heist overseen by John (Donald Sutherland), a lifelong criminal who plans to retire from the fold with the earnings from his most recent take. Basking in the glow of a job well done at a secluded retreat in the Alps, the thieves -- including the aptly-named Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), tech-geek Lyle (Seth Green), and hearing-impaired quipster Left Ear (Mos Def) -- are ruthlessly double-crossed by one of their own, the taciturn, calculating Steve Frezelli (Edward Norton). Time passes and each member of the group finds himself pursuing other opportunities in the States, until Charlie rallies them together for a revenge-motivated scheme designed to bilk Steve of all his misbegotten earnings. In order to cinch the deal, he even enlists John's reluctant safecracking-prodigy daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron), for an elaborate, incognito Los Angeles heist. But the paranoid Steve proves himself to be one step ahead of them at just about every turn, and Charlie finds that he'll have to make some daring last-minute changes to their plan if the team is to succeed. The Italian Job marked director F. Gary Gray's second 2003 release after the Vin Diesel vehicle A Man Apart. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

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Mark Wahlberg
as Charlie Croker
Charlize Theron
as Stella Bridger
Donald Sutherland
as John Bridger
Jason Statham
as Handsome Rob
Shawn Fanning
as Shawn Fanning, Himself
Yasiin Bey
as Left Ear
Stefano Petronelli
as Garbageman/Thug
Fabio Scarpa
as Garbageman/Thug
Cristiano Bonora
as Garbageman/Thug
Tiberio Greco
as Garbageman/Thug
Jimmy Shubert
as First Detective
Tammi Cubilette
as Second Detective
Terrelle Jones
as Kid On Left
Valentine Ebunilo
as Kid On Right
Oscar Nunez
as Security Guard
Franky G
as Wrench
Marty Ryan
as ATSAC Supervisor
Aaron Speiser
as Danielson
Olek Krupa
as Mashkov
Pete Gawtti
as Skinny Pete
Melanie Jayne
as Skinny Pete's Girl
Dr. Frank Nyi
as ATSAC Employee
Simon Rhee
as Gold Truck Guard
Merritt Yohnka
as Gold Truck Driver
Ryan B. Adams
as Metro Conductor
John Alden
as Motorcycle Guard
Gloria Gontenot
as Handsome Rob's Policewoman
Alfred Soltes
as Left Ear's Butler
Kelly Brook
as Lyle's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for The Italian Job

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (47)

  • This one offers some agreeably mindless fun in which the villains (including Norton) are truly villainous, the payback is satisfying in a purely infantile way, and the familiarity of everything is oddly comforting.

    May 6, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This unglamorous approach has the odd effect of making them seem more glamorous -- we're free to soak up their star quality because there's no hard sell to fight off.

    Aug 7, 2004
  • Memories of the 1960s caper classic are obliterated by this pointless remake, which uncomprehendingly salvages a few elements from the original, while behaving as if no one involved cared or liked it much anyway.

    Oct 1, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It is smart, funny, wellplotted and performed and as slick as a Vaselined eel. If you have to remodel a classic for a new age, this is the way to do it.

    Sep 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Peter Collinson's The Italian Job (1969) is not a great film -- it's an average film with a great finale. Oh, and another thing: F Gary Gray's remake blows the bloody doors off it.

    Sep 9, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 25, 2013
    The problem with heist movies is, and always will be, is the planning of the actual heist. I will always dislike heist films because of that. It's all about the planning of the heist and I've never, not once, found this to be interesting. All you can do is hope that the characters are interesting enough to make the planning itself tolerable. I'll say this right off the bat, the only reason the film got the rating it did was because the heist itself was plenty exciting and had some good action sequences. Everything about the planning itself was terrible. Not terrible in that it was poorly written or executed, terrible in that it wasn't fun or interesting to watch. Can anyone honestly tell me they had fun watching these people plan this out? The characters are as one-dimensional as they could possibly be. That's part of the problem of the planning taking up all the time, it means that the characters have to take a backseat. These characters are something else. It all boils down to what everyone's role is in the heist. You have the leader, the tech nerd, the driver, the explosive experts, and the lockpicking expert, whose dad was murdered. That's really all there is to these characters. Nothing else. There's literally nothing else to these characters. Don't believe me, watch the movie. I realize not every heist movie can be Reservoir Dogs, which wasn't even really about the heist, it's about the aftermath of it, but can you at least try to make your characters more than just caricatures. Is it really THAT hard? And, of course, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron end up together at the end of the film. Why the fuck not? I mean, there was never any sexual tension between them or any flirting so why not have them end up together. As you can see, I wasn't really into this movie at all. I don't mean to say it's bad, because it's not. But it is boring and uninteresting until the actual heist. Unfortunately, however, it's not like the heist itself is so great that it makes everything before it better. It really doesn't. I really wish I could put into words how uninteresting the planning and the characters were, but it's the type of thing where you'll have to see for yourself and just see how boring it really is. This would've been a below average movie if it wasn't for its last 20 or so minutes and its cast. So thankfully, that made the movie barely watchable. If it wasn't for those aspects, I could see myself giving this movie a much lower rating.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2013
    Smart and exciting, The Italian Job is a fun and entertaining heist film. In this remake, professional bank robber Charlie Croker puts together a crew to get revenge against a former team member that betrayed and killed his mentor. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, and Edward Norton, the film has an all-star cast that delivers solid performances. And the heist is fairly well-written, with some clever twists and exciting chases. However, the produce placement is overdone and at times the film plays as a commercial for the Mini Cooper. The Italian Job is a bit formulaic at times, but overall it's a lighthearted and enjoyable film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    A fun movie that's upbeat and entertaining.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    The Italian Job is an exciting heist film that I really enjoyed. the story is is vengence film, but it worked in a way that we get to know the characters and grow to also like them, and so I enjoyed the story. They have a all star cast here with actors like Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg, and Edward Norton and they were greatly picked for their roles. The chase scenes are fun and great and are also the main reason to watch the film. Although the movie was slow, The Italian Job is one of those heist films you can't help but just enjoy.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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