Movie Review: Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Few people have seen the original Gone in 60 Seconds (1974), but if you happen to be one of them and are expecting a remake, forget it. The only things shared between the two films are the name, the fact that they are both about car thieves, and a Mustang named Eleanor.
Memphis Raines (Nicholas Cage) is the best car thief in Long Beach, but he’s retired. That is until he’s called back into the game to save the life of his younger brother Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi) who is in trouble with the new local criminal Mirror Man T.J. Cross. Memphis visits T.J. and makes a deal for his brother’s life, a massive heist of 50 cars in 48 hours. Memphis calls together his old team and devises a plan to boost all 50 cars without getting caught, to boost them all in one night. Included in the old team are Otto Halliwell (Robert Duvall) who takes lead on organizing the one night heist and also plays a sort of father figure to Memphis, as well as Donny Astricky (Chi McBride) who brings the perfect blend of humor into the midst of all the action. Than there’s Sway (Angeline Jolie) who is the only female on the crew as well as a past lover of Memphis’ and you see the romantic tension between them throughout the movie which becomes a little more obvious in one steamy scene. Plus many other brilliant contributors.
Now while all of the actors in this movie are fantastic, including two of my personal favorites in Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, the true star stealer here is the 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 named Eleanor. Any pure-blooded American male is bound to get some goose bumps when Eleanor finally gets her engine started and does her first burnout away from the cops. As the last of the 50 cars to be stolen, Eleanor and Memphis lead police on a high-speed car chase through the city, filled with wrecks and some outstanding stunts. Director Dominic Sena has done a great job blending action, romance, and comedy together in this film all while keeping the audience captivated by the bond shared between the team as they struggle against such a seemingly impossible task. This is a film you can watch over and over again without getting tired of it and definitely one to share next time you have your buddy’s over.