I am not a big fan of caper films, simply because I don’t care for filmmakers getting viewers to root for a criminal to succeed. I have that same reservation for Entrapment, but I can overlook it mainly due to the two leads. Catherine Zeta-Jones is attractive (to say the least) as Gin Baker, and Sean Connery is as good as ever as Mac, the aging thief who’s always one step ahead; together, they’re thick as thieves. With gadgets that would make James Bond envious, the two somewhat succeed in their heist (with only one billion dollars), but at least the rest of their loot is returned by the end. It helps that, until the end, at least one of the main characters seems to be working to bring down criminal activity.
The movie also gives a look at the intricate planning and training that goes into the perfectly timed burglaries our anti-heroes commit. While the almost titillating laser scenes, both training and the real thing, earned infamy among critics, they are fascinating to watch for the meticulous choreography, not just Zeta-Jones’ curvaceous figure. Also, though there are several potentially compromising situations, I appreciate that the two leads are never shown sleeping together, as in every other remotely romantic film.
The vertigo-inducing finale still keeps me and my VC on the edge of our seats, and the end is satisfying, if morally problematic. It’s a fine line that these films walk, making criminals likable to the point one wants them to prevail, but Entrapment does it well enough to warrant getting on the list.
Best line: (from Mac’s FBI contact) “Well, Mac, this looks like the end of a terrible friendship.”
VC’s best line: “Don’t use a cannon to kill a mosquito.”Artistry: 5 Characters/Actors: 6 Entertainment: 6 Visual Effects: 5 Originality: 6 Watchability: 5 Other (“heroes” are criminals): -5 TOTAL: 28 out of 60
Tomorrow: #344: Working Girl
© 2014 S. G. Liput