(Review originally written at 5 October 2005)

"Gone in Sixty Seconds" can be an enjoyable action movie as long as you don't take it too serious.

The movie is professionally made but it still is very obvious that the script went trough many rewrites. The story feels at times messy and has some pointless action side-plot lines. Not everything in the movie feels connected with each other.

It's somewhat a shame of the story because the movie had a very good cast that really could had made this movie an unforgettable one, had it had a better more coherent storyline. The cast is seriously filled with some big names; Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Angelina Jolie, Scott Caan, Will Patton, Delroy Lindo, Timothy Olyphant, Robert Duvall, Christopher Eccleston, Vinnie Jones. Every filmmaker can be jealous at a cast like this. Robert Duvall is especially excellent in his role but he seems a bit out of place in this movie. He simply is a too good actor to be in a movie like this. Why he ever agreed to do this movie, I will never understand.

The movie does has some nice moments, especially the car chases. The movie is nicely edited by action movie specialists; Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon, without ever going really over-the-top. The movie is nothing memorable but it does provide some good entertaining moments and characters.

For what it's worth, it's better than any of the two "The Fast and the Furious" movies. Why? Because at least it doesn't take itself as serious as those two movies do. At least "Gone in Sixty Seconds" is because of that reason still an enjoyable movie to watch, despite me rating it as lowly as I do. The fact that I'm rating it as low as I do has everything to do with the story aspects of the movie but nothing with the entertainment value it has.


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Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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