Gone in Sixty Seconds
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Memphis Raines (Nicolas Cage) is a former car thief who is lured out of retirement when his younger brother (Giovanni Ribisi) gets into trouble with the leader of a dangerous crime syndicate. To save his life, he must get back into the business and with the help of his old heisting crew, steal 50 cars in 24 hours.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Letís get one thing straight. This is not some intellectual movie with a carefully crafted plot and Oscar worthy performances. Itís typical Jerry Bruckheimer fare and has old fashioned, mindless summer blockbuster written all over it. Filled with a quirky cast of characters and a cool premise, it kept me interested the whole way through. Cage does a solid job, playing the neurotic hero weíve come to know and expect from him. Bobby Duvall, in a brief supporting role is great as always, only adding to the fun. The movieís strength stems from its wild action and nail-biting car chases which in typical Hollywood fashion, defy both the laws of gravity and probability. Granted, the plot isnít exactly rock solid, but the movie somehow manages to keep it all together. The only weak point of this movie is the ridiculously cartoonish main villain who had me laughing at his goofy fondness for wood furniture. On a positive note, the seemingly never-ending parade of fine automobiles will surely satisfy any car connoisseur. Sometimes a movie doesnít have to be brilliantly original to be entertaining and this one definitely fits that bill. A solid flick from start to finish.
This DVD brings a mixed bag of bonus features, some of which really arenít worth watching at all. The first, "Conversations with Jerry Bruckheimer" qualifies because it has absolutely nothing to do with the movie and is a 7-minute look at the producerís "greatness" and his involvement in OTHER films, not Gone in 60 Seconds. The second, "Action Overload" seems to be thrown in just for the hell of it and is a 90-second montage of the movieís most intense moments. Next! "The Big Chase" is actually worth a look, detailing 3 key action sequences, each about 3-5 minutes in length. The special effects explanations are very brief and only offer a glimpse into the postproduction work. "0 to 60" (4 minutes) quickly chronicles the storyís development and script. "Wild Rides" was by far the best extra, showing clips from a professional driving school that many of the actors attended while shooting the movie. Youíll get a 5-minute lesson in Handbraking 101 and learn how to drive like a professional psychopath. Interesting stuff. The last extra, "Stars on the Move" includes 5 short clips on actors in the movie and the characters they portray. My advice to you, skip it entirely. A music video for the Cultís "Painted on My Heartí and the original theatrical trailer are also featured. Probably the best extra on this release are the ultra cool menus which feature screaming engines and kick ass animation.
If Iíd have to sum up this release, itís basically a half-decent movie with kick ass audio and video, accompanied by an array of brief, crappy extras. Couple those with the fact that itís also lacking a commentary track and you begin to realize that this DVD loses big points in the value department. Gone in 60 Seconds is a solid rental at best.