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Angelina Jolie (left) and Nicolas Cage star in one of this summer's guy-oriented action flicks, Gone In 60 Seconds.


Gone In 60 Seconds exhilarating but pointless

Gone In 60 Seconds

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Angelina Jolie
Touchstone Pictures
Rated: PG-13

Grade: C-

By Rattaya Nimibutr
Daily Cougar Staff

Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicolas Cage) is no longer involved in his old profession: stealing high-priced cars in a limited time for a high-priced sum. When his younger brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) tries to fill his shoes and screws up, Memphis has to step in and spare his brother's life, by stealing 50 cars in 72 hours. That is the main and only plot in the new high- speed film Gone In 60 Seconds. Cars chasing each other and grinding metal are all the audience can expect.

Directed by Dominic Sena (Kalifornia), this film contains all the adrenaline-rushed car chases, haywire car crashes and a showcase of some of the nicest cars around. It's a simple guy-oriented film that kicks ass in a delusional kind of way.

Cage returns as another rebel bad-ass that makes this pricey crime a slight pleasure to watch. Without Cage's ability to make most any film interesting, Gone would be worthless.

Cage leads a small gang of car thieves while getting advice from an old-timer Otto Halliwell (Robert Duvall), whose role makes him even more likable. Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted), though, steps in as the chick of the group while her pointless role only allows her to flaunt her dreads.

Pointless role? You read it right. As much as the plot already attracts male viewers, director Sena decides to add in Jolie. While she did a fine job, she appears in too small a portion of the movie to earn her headlining status.

In the midst of Cage's kleptomania, there is, of course, the inevitable following of the criminals by police detectives. These roles went to Delroy Lindo (Romeo Must Die) and Timothy Olyphant (Scream 2). The two do not match onscreen well, but that doesn't seem to really matter, as long as they provide the obstacles involved in the car chases.

Gone In 60 Seconds is a fun film, but it doesn't contain anything concrete and memorable but the beautiful cars. Perhaps that is the intention, but it just doesn't cut it to be a good action flick. The graphics were nice, the cars were nice, the filmmakers and actors did a fine job, but it just doesn't result in an overall quality film.

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