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029: Gone in 60 Seconds

Maximilian Rivera October 11, 2016
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by Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise:  A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother’s life.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 24%

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Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie in a car heist movie? How can that NOT be exciting?

That’s what we asked ourselves going into Gone in 60 Seconds (2000). Unfortunately, we found ourselves BORED OUT OF OUR MINDS.

I mean, we hoped our first Nicolas Cage movie would be chock full of Cage insanity, but unfortunately we had to slog through this boring, lazy heist movie. Where did this film go wrong? Everything that could be a draw — Cage, Jolie, cars, car chases, shoot outs — was in short supply. Instead you get a lot of setup for an underwhelming climax. 

Directed by Dominic Sena, Gone in 60 Seconds also stars Robert Duvall, Timothy Olyphant, and Giovani Ribisi. 

Read more of our thoughts beneath the cut.

At this level of Rotten Tomatoes, we’re not expecting the Godfather, or anything. But we are beginning to see better made films, even if they are still bad.

This film easily could have been fun — it made decent money, and some circles remember it fondly. 

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We got to see one Nicolas Cage freakout, but he stays pretty calm (or goofy) the rest of the film. They try to establish sexual tension between Angelina Jolie’s Sway and Cage’s Memphis Raines, but it falls flat. They do have a makeout scene at one point, but that’s as fleeting as the movie itself.

Basically, with a few stronger elements, this film could have been on par with The Fast and the Furious (2001), which turned into a box office powerhouse that is still doing its thing. 

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There are some laughable moments, but not intentional. 

Had they played up the humor, amped up tension, and given us the car chases we deserved, this film could easily have been a fun popcorn flick we still remember. I mean, at least it’s not Getaway, but that’s not saying much. 

Our idea to fix this would be to make Memphis and Kip (Ribisi) compete to collect enough cars, as Calitri (Eccleston) moves closer to eliminating one of the two brothers. Ramp up your car scenes, and make Jolie a prominent character… and this film would have easily been better.

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This film just feels very early 2000’s, and not even in a good way.  It doesn’t go far enough in any direction to be memorable, which is a shame. It had a recipe for success, but someone forgot to turn the oven on.

What do you think about Gone in 60 Seconds? Let us know!

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.

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