Review Date: June 24, 2000
Director: Dominic Sena
Writer: Scott Rosenberg
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer and Mike Stenson
Nicolas Cage as Randall Raines
Giovanni Ribisi as Kip Raines
Delroy Lindo as Dt. Roland Castlebeck
Robert Duvall as Otto Halliwell
And when they finally did begin stealing the cars, I was doubly surprised at how little resistance (read action/fun blow 'em ups) there was as well. I don't know, maybe I just expected too much popcorn for my buck, but despite the film coming through as a whole, it did disappoint as an all-out nacho flick. Cage was Cage once more, the staple hip, tough guy with a heart, while the rest of the crew was a well-rounded bunch this time around. Lindo was cool, Duvall is always fun to watch, Vinnie Jones is just waiting to be discovered as the next action-hero superstar and Ribisi, well, I'll admit that he's finally starting to get on my nerves with his down-and-out character portrayals. I was also a little disappointed with the one-liners in this film, which seemed a little weak this time around. But overall, the film is a slick one to watch, offering a couple of rockin' action scenes, some fun characters, and despite its plot holes (the cops know about their entire plan the whole time, but they decide to send two incompetents after them?), a somewhat interesting tale. And oh yeah...Angelina Jolie is barely in it!
At this point, I think everyone knows what a "Bruckheimer movie" is, so please don't go into this movie expecting anything more than that. With that in mind, you might just enjoy yourself.