Monday, April 22, 2013

The Italian Job

A recently release ex-con (Michael Caine) gets right back in the thick of things, and assembles a team to pull off the complex job of relieving the Turin mafia of a large amount of gold bullion, all as me means of revenge following the death of his former business partner. "The Italian Job" is a cheesy, Swingin' 60s movie, unworthy of Caine's talents (as has been the case for a lot of projects he's chosen) and filled with unmemorable characterizations. It is worth seeing for the breathtaking European scenery, riveting chase sequences, and the hair-raising, atypical conclusion. Also, the British playwright and director Noel Coward appears in his last film, and is amusing as Caine's fence.