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Entrapment (1999)
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Review Date: May 02, 1999
Director: Jon Amiel
Writer: Ron Bass, William Broyles Jr.
Producers: S. Connery, M. Hertzberg, R. Tollefson
Actors:
Sean Connery
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Plot:
Rich old guy/career criminal hooks up with a beautiful young insurance agent/undercover thief, to pull a couple of huge international heist jobs. They train together, look good together, and mistrust each other together.
Critique:
Entrapment is well, okay...I guess. Its plot is paper thin and packed with implausibilities, its style is so-so, its acting is so-so, its action scenes are so-so, in fact, the only thing that makes this film graze the mark of mediocrity is its two great looking and charming leads, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery. Allright, so we don't really buy the supposed attraction between Cathy and her 40-year senior Connery, but both actors are so filled with conviction and charisma, that we don't seem to mind it all that much, or the fact that the story itself offers very little in originality, action or suspense. In fact, I'm even afraid to refer to this film as an actual thriller, seeing that barely a thrill crossed my path until the film's ultimate finale sequence.

Looking back, I suppose I was never really bored during this film, but never really impressed by anything either. There were actually a couple of twists and turns that I didn't foresee, but all of the action in this film was based on so many preposterous ideas, that it was hard to care about the story at all. And while the two leads were used effectively in this film, Ving Rhames and Will Patton were side-players in roles that could've easily been juiced up to the levels of each talented actor. The film did lack a certain amount of style, but offered a good international feel, charming leads and an easy-to-follow, despite being filled with holes, storyline. All in all, a so-so kind of a movie.

PS: Someone please confirm to me that I did not see a razor-thin mustache gracing Catherine Zeta-Jones' lovely upper lip throughout this movie...the horror, the horror.... :)
(c) 2016 Berge Garabedian
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