On the bright side though, while this is certainly one of those “bad” movies I was referring to, you can almost forgive it, dumb as it may be. Normally I don’t have anything against a movie being stupid, as long as it has something else to act as an impetus. Take ARMAGEDDON for example, a different Bruckheimer production that was incredibly dense, but also massively entertaining and downright cool. GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS is only somewhat entertaining, but still struts around being utterly stupid.
You can break the film down into three sections: characters, set-up, and the action. The character section of the movie is devoted to introducing all of the diverse characters that are part of the heist, poorly developing them, and then basically doing nothing with them for the rest of the film. Take for example Angelina Jolie, who basically just stands around and looks sexy, yet is supposed to have this deep relationship with Cage’s character. One thing that should be noted though is that at least the characters are likable. I especially enjoyed Vinnie Jones as The Sphinx, mainly because it’s cool seeing him anywhere outside of Guy Ritchie movies. Moving on to the second section, we have the heist set-up, which didn’t really convince me that stealing cars is much of a skilled task, although the flick would certainly like you to believe it. At long last, after over an hour of waiting, we have the final section: the action. It’s almost worth the wait too, because there’s enough theft and mayhem here to keep you happy for months (well, actually only an hour or so, but still!). We got cars screeching, swerving, flying, blowing up, and being smashed through walls. Had the filmmakers behind this heap actually gone out of their way to overshadow the stupidity with at least a couple more action scenes like this one, the movie may not have been so damn unexciting. But hey, at least there’s a sweet enough car chase to almost make it worth watching.
Conversations with Jerry Bruckheimer (7:33): This extra has producer Bruckheimer talking about different aspects of his films, yet he barely mentions this one. He talks with class, but I lost him after he said Michael Bay was one of the world’s greatest directors.
Action Overload (1:30): What the hell is this? Well, basically an incredibly quick-cut highlights reel of the car chase from the film. SKIP!
The Big Chase (11:55): This featurette lets you choose between three different scenes (“L.A. Streets”, “Naval Yard”, and “The Big Jump”) and then the filmmakers discuss how they did them. Very standard, but some behind-the-scenes footage and legitimate discussion makes it worth watching.
0 to 60 (4:06): This featurette explains how they brought GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS from script to screen, yet they fail to mention that their movie is based on a much better one.
Wild Rides (5:19): Those of you that love cars should enjoy this extra, which focuses entirely on the vehicles and car stunts from the flick.
Stars on the Move (15:45): There are 11 very brief bits about different characters from the movie and why the actors were hired. Some of them are worth watching, so check them out.
Also included are a Filmography/Bio for Bruckheimer, a Music Video (3:45) called “Painted On My Heart” by Cult, and the film’s Theatrical Trailer.