In this remake of the classic 1974 car-chase movie, legendary car thief Randall ‘Memphis’ Raines (Nicolas Cage) is forced to come out of retirement when his brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) ends up in debt to evil mobster Raymond Calitri. Charged with stealing fifty cars by Friday, Randall sets about reassembling his old team – including former lover Sara ‘Sway’ Wayland (Angelina Jolie), mechanic Otto Halliwell (Robert Duvall) and the silent but strong Toby (Vinnie Jones) – but faces further challenges in the form of rival car thief Donny (Chi McBride) and local detective Roland Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo), who would really like to put Randall in the back of bars once and for all.
Gone in 60 Seconds opens on Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi), a cocky young car thief working with a crew to steal 50 cars for a very bad man whose nickname is “The Carpenter”. Being young and cocky, Kip messes up, so it’s up to his big brother, Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage), to come out of car-thief retirement and save him. With a cast that includes Robert Duvall, Angelina Jolie, Delroy Lindo, Cage and Ribisi, it would be easy to say this story wastes all their talents–which it does, but that isn’t the point. It is a Jerry Bruckheimer film. A good story and complex characters would only get in the way of the action scenes and slow the movie down. No, Gone in 60 Seconds (based on the cult 1974 film of the same name) isn’t about the stars as much as it’s about cars. Fast cars. Rare cars. Wrecked cars. All cars. Too bad director Dominic Sena (Kalifornia) doesn’t come across as more of a gearhead; he seems less interested in fast cars than fast cuts. But is this movie fun? Absolutely, and it’s fun because it is so stupid. With pointless car chases and hackneyed dialogue in probably the most predictable plots of the year, Gone in 60 Seconds is a comic film that isn’t moderately a parody of itself, but darn close. —Andy Spletzer, Amazon.com
From the Back Cover
High-octane superstars Nicolas Cage and sexy Angelina Jolie ride an unstoppable wave of speed and adrenaline in this hot, edgy action hit. Legendary car booster Randall “Memphis” Raines (Cage) thought he’d left the fast lane in the back of – until he is forced out of retirement in a do-or-die effort to save his kid brother (Giovanni Ribisi) from the wrath of an evil mobster.
But with speed to burn and attitude to spare, Memphis abruptly re-assembles his old crew – including Robert Duvall and Vinnie Jones – and floors it in a full-throttle race to pull off the ultimate car heist. With a hot soundtrack featuring the Cult’s new smash “Painted On My Heart,” this action-packed thrill ride comes out fast and never slows down.