The Italian Job (2003)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Mark Wahlberg
as Charlie Croker
Charlize Theron
as Stella Bridger
Donald Sutherland
as John Bridger
Jason Statham
as Handsome Rob
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 (44)

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…
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…

A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie.

Jul 8, 2003 | Full Review…
Observer
Top Critic

A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.

Jun 5, 2003 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for The Italian Job

This exhilarating action-packed movie is quite satisfying for what it intends to be: an exciting, fast-paced fun ride that benefits from a great dose of humor, a fine cast and the beauty of its locations, especially Venice.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Cool and slick, with a decent cast to deliver the goods, this heist caper is less about the steal than about the tension between the characters working the grab. The audience I saw it with audibly gasped when the twist showed up early on.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Fun and enjoyable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Remake of the 1969 film, The Italian Job, this film is a good heist film that could have been much better. The film is entertaining, but lacks anything truly great. The heist itself seems all too easy, and personally; I felt that the heist in original film was far more exciting than this. But I felt that this came off a little flat. The film is good, but it's nothing really remarkable. The cast are fun, but to be honest, I really didn't like Edward Norton here; I felt that this was one of his weakest films, and that I thought that the part should have been recast. This film, compared to the original, can be seen as a pure popcorn flick. I felt it lacked the intellectuality of the original, the wit and suspense of the heist and phenomenal, top-notch acting. With this remake, everything is predictable, and they just changed a few things around to make it "thrilling". This remake isn't bad, I was entertained by it, and like it, but compared to the original, and it's not as good. For what it is, this is still an entertaining film; just don't expect anything as great as the original. As far as remakes are concerned, this isn't bad, but it's not great either. This film is just a case of been there done that, but I guess in the end, it's good for a mindless night of excitement, which it does well. The film does have plenty of thrills, although the plot is predictable and we know how it will end. Despite its flaws, I enjoyed it, but I'll stick with the original. If you enjoy heist films, then give this one a shot.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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