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Connery, who also co-produced, delivers the goods in true movie star fashion, making wooden dialogue seem deliciously roguish. Zeta Jones has appealing grace and spirit as well as breathtaking beauty. Three separate heist scenes are fresh and stylish. There are some cool gadgets. But the plot has holes that leave viewers saying, "Hey, wait a minute." The characters never create any real chemistry with each other, in part because he is decades older than she is. Worse, they never create any chemistry with the viewers. There is something a little chilling about characters who steal without any consideration whatsoever for the impact on others. In some heist films, the characters gain sympathy by stealing from someone who stole the money in the first place (The Sting) or in order to protect someone (How to Steal a Million). But in Entrapment, they seem to be doing it for no particular reason other than a sort of Everest-like "because it's there."
A heist film is one of Hollywood's most reliable plots. Heist movies are terrific examples of problem solving, as they lay out exactly what the obstacles are, come up with strategies to address each one, and then come up with back-up strategies for the inevitable problems and mistakes. ENTRAPMENT has caught the look and feel, but not the heart, of classics like Topkapi and To Catch a Thief.
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- In theaters: April 30, 1999
- On DVD or streaming: November 23, 1999
- Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sean Connery, Ving Rhames
- Director: Jon Amiel
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 113 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: some language, sensuality, violence and drug content
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