The Italian Job takes its name from a 1969 British film starring Michael Caine. But the two films have little in common besides the title and some minor plot elements. And 2003’s version is its own entity enough to disregard the original and review purely on its own merits.
I have heard about that there were two versions of The Italian Job (Ke Phan Boi). One in particular is the 1969 British classic which I didn’t watch and the other is the 2003 American remake which I have seen three times. People often say that the remakes are never as good as the original, whether or not this is true. I don’t know. This modern version was a semi-decent heist movie.
The plot was driven in more ways than one by suspense and comedy and contains action sequences like the robbery in Venice and the Mini Cooper car chase. Whilst not wanting to give it away, there is a scene involving a safe and a DIY trick that is particularly memorable. Sure, Michael Caine doesn’t make an appearance in this remake, but it’s still good-looking with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton, Mos Def and Seth Green as cast members. Their performances were first-rate and easily the best actors in the feature were Def, Green, Statham and Norton. The movie itself required no digital effects since it was mostly filmed in Italy and America.
Even with its star-power, ‘The Italian Job is worth-watching. Whether or not you have seen the original, you’ll be entertained by F. Gary Gray’s recent interpretation.