The Italian Job
2003
Mark Wahlberg stars as Charlie Croker, a clever thief who masterminds a major heist amid the waterways of Venice, Italy -- but a betrayal by one of his own spells disaster, and Croker returns to Los Angeles without the stash, plotting revenge. With an eye on recovering his riches, Croker rounds up his crew -- adding an ace safecracker (Charlize Theron) to the mix. Donald Sutherland, Seth Green and Mos Def also star in this elaborate crime caper.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

In a summer of cartoons and superheroes, this film positioned itself as action entertainment for grown-ups, even taking a quick shot at Spider-Man. It’s mature, yes, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smart, or good. Wearily mediocre, in part because of one of the blandest leading men in the business, this disappointment would seem unoriginal even if it wasn’t a remake of a genre classic. But Green, Stratham and Def generate some laughs, and the action sequences are professionally executed, not that we would expect less from Gray by now. Too bad Norton fought it; his charm could have helped.

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