Gone in Sixty Seconds

Seven thousand and twenty seconds is more like it. This celebration of auto theft—a big-budget remake of H.B. Helicki's populist B movie of 1974, with more explosions and fewer bell-bottoms—stars Nicolas Cage as a former car thief who has to return to the profession and hijack 50 cars in a weekend, with a little help from his friends, in order to save the life of his kid brother (Giovanni Ribisi). The grungy tone is agreeable, the directorial savvy of Dominic Sena less so; apart from a couple of preposterous stunts, this doesn't have as much suspense as it tries for, despite periodic reminders of how little time remains, because the movie only starts to breathe whenever it becomes laid-back. But I found it more pleasurable as a time waster than either Mission: Impossible. The backup cast—including Angelina Jolie, James Duval, Will Patton, Delroy Lindo, and Robert Duvall—certainly helps. Scott Rosenberg is credited with the script.

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