I took advantage of my regular Friday afternoon off by seeing The Italian Job today. I had fairly high expectations of this film. Good cast (Ed Norton, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, et al) and it's a story of a clever heist. But it appears that after coming up with a good setup for this kind of movie, the scriptwriters went on autopilot. It had every predictable element--the crew seen at the beginning plying their trade in fine fashion, the conflict, the setup of the payback, and the inevitable denouement. This is all just fine with me, because other movies have succeeded using the formula (most notably The Score, which also starred Ed Norton). But this one is so laden with lame dialogue and absolutely impossible scenes that I couldn't get past them. I am willing to suspend disbelief as much as anyone; you want to race Mini Coopers through the LA metro system, have at it and I'll be along for the ride, but jeez, if you show cars driving all over the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and have a chartered helicopter tooling around downtown Los Angeles and not even one cop shows up WHILE, mind you, someone has hacked the computer system that controls traffic flow in the entire city....well, you lost me.
Here, on the other hand, is a documentary I will love to see (via Rachel Lucas). I even made a modest donation to the project.