Stylish Heist flick
Sean Connery is teamed
with Catherine Zeta-Jones in this 20th Century Fox yarn in which you're
never too sure who's good, who's bad, and who's working for - and against
The film starts out
like a 1990's version of the old American TV show "Banacek,"
with Zeta-Jones is an insurance investigator tracking the theft of a priceless
Rembrandt painting. The evidence, she tells her supervisor, points to
famed master thief Connery, and she gets assigned to seek him out and
entrap him with the lure of a $40 million ancient Chinese mask.
She gains Connery's
confidence and together they plan and rehearse the supposedly impossible
theft of the mask from its ultra-secure display case. It's a fascinating
look at high tech security and the low-and-high tech ways it can be subverted.
You never really think they won't pull it off - and they do - but it turns
out the theft is merely the opening act for a heist even more difficult,
audacious - and lucrative.
The film builds its
suspense well and concludes with a wonderful plot twist. Connery and Zeta-Jones
are both good in their parts, and have appropriate onscreen chemistry.
In all, it's a fine story that never gets bogged down and has a fairly
The widescreen DVD
is Dolby 5.1 surround and audio/video quality are excellent. Extras are
very sparse, just the theatrical trailer and one for "Rising
Sun," along with chapter stops, and a list of major cast members
(with no supporting info). We wish companies would put as much effort
into real extras as they do these annoying "interactive menus"
that are distracting and slow to operate.
No, that isn't true.
We wish the studios would forget about these clever but useless menus
and give us more meat instead.
Still, as a DVD movie,
"Entrapment" works very well, and that's really the bottom line.
Everything else on DVD's is gravy.
It's just that we
get so much gravy on many discs that it leaves us feeling that the more
ordinary discs lack a bit of seasoning.
Entrapment, from 20th
Century Fox Home Video
113 minutes, Widescreen (2.35:1), Dolby Digital
Starring Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Patton, Maury Chaykin
and Ving Rhames
Produced by Sean Connery, Michael Hertzberg, Rhonda Tollefson, Story by
Ron Bass and Michael Hertzberg, Screenplay by Ron Bass and William Broyles
Directed by Jon Amiel
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