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ENTRAPMENT

SYNOPSIS:
Robert ‘Mac’ Macdougall (Sean Connery) is the world’s greatest (and loneliest) art thief, so no-one doubts the identity of the thief when a Rembrandt is stolen from a luxury New York apartment in a skyscraper. Insurance investigator Virginia ‘Gin’ Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) persuades her boss Cruz (Will Paton) to let her after him, in the process save the company the $24 million payout. Mac and Gin play spiky, edgy games as they test each other out, first colluding on another extraordinary art heist, then planning the greatest heist of all, on the strike of the new millenium – in the financial heart of Asia: Kuala Lumpur’s majestic Patronas Twin Towers.

"Old Bond? Not quite. Although shot in Pinewood Studios (as well as fabulous locations in New York, Western Scotland and Kuala Lumpur), Entrapment’s credentials are not worthy of a Bond, even though the film offers of gee whizzery and gangbuster gadgets, spectacular sequences, a gorgeous protagonist in Zeta-Jones and Connery’s world-worn gravitas. The film plays very fast and that’s just as well, since it stops you analysing the plot and dialogue too closely. Its weaknesses – the incomplete characters and patchy plot – whizz past as we go through the usual routines, including a half-throttled romance. Stylistically, the film is effective in a flashy sort of way, and there is enough adrenalin-pushing action for a decent youth market share. It’s everything you expect – but no more."
Andrew L. Urban

"Slick, action-filled and exploding with star-power, Entrapment is a compelling adventure whose twists and turns are secondary only to the charismatic performances of Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Mac and Gin are characters that could easily have been written for both Connery and Zeta-Jones who clearly revel in the cat and mouse games and steamy undercurrents. Connery's Mac is a combination of a mature James Bond with a touch of Cary Grant's John Robie in To Catch a Thief. And while the latter's gorgeous location of Monte Carlo is hard to beat, the locations here are quite spectacular – from the sparkling lights of New York to a spectacular remote Scottish castle and the high technology and stark skyscraper towers of Kuala Lumpur. There are fireworks too, not only dazzling the ultra modern city skylines, but as a rip-tide to the central relationships. The countdown to the millenium is on, as well as that of the mother of all heists, which challenges the most sophisticated thief. There's plenty of pace, nail biting action and spectacular stunts, as well as ample opportunities to ogle at the charisma of the two stars. Connery has always had that 'je ne sais quoi' allure; while Zeta-Jones is sexy, intelligent and absolutely gorgeous. Don't analyse the plot too closely – there are snags, plot holes and the characters could be better established. But it really doesn't matter in this context. Engaging and lots of fun, the two stars make movie magic together, and we can jump on the magic carpet of this escapist ride with glee. That's what entertainment is all about."
Louise Keller

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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

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ENTRAPMENT
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CAST: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames, Will Paton, Maury Chaykin

PRODUCERS: Sean Connery, Michael Hertzberg, Rhonda Tollefson

DIRECTOR: Jon Amiel

SCRIPT: Ron Bass, William Broyles

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Phil Meheux BSC

EDITOR: Terry Rawlings ACE

MUSIC: Christopher Young

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Norman Garwood

RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 8, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: January 12, 2000 (rental)
(Sell-thru - August 23, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Fox







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