Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
  • Time: 118 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Dominic Sena
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Angelina Jolie


Upon learning that he has to come out of retirement to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother Kip’s life, former car thief Randall “Memphis” Raines enlists help from a few “boost happy” pals to accomplish a seemingly impossible feat. From countless car chases to relentless cops, the high-octane excitement builds as Randall swerves around more than a few roadblocks to keep Kip alive.


  • I have seen a lot of good action films, but this one is definitely one of the best ones. If you want to enjoy a film including amazing cars, an interesting and innovative plot and obviously if you want to see the beautiful Angelina Jolie, “Gone In 60 Seconds” is the film for you. Oscar winning actor Nicolas Cage gives a brilliant performance as usual. I also think Giovanni Ribisi did a really good performance. The car stealings and chases are top of the line and I enjoyed that probably the most. The soundtrack is absolutely amazing: the right song at the right time makes a world of difference. Overall it was a great film that could easily be seen multiple times. You’ll never feel bored!

  • Seeing actors early on in their transition stage moving from different genres sure can be surreal sometimes. Perhaps for some, their actual screen presence is not as prevalent as it use to be, but the name itself carries a lot of weight when it comes to how successful a film could be (most of the time). Now a days, when the names Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Scott Caan, Chi McBride and Robert Duvall are mentioned, all have their names connected to some well-known movie. However, when seeing actors in a transition state where their not the main lead or are but are not given the liberties to do what they did in later films, it just feels strange. The title to this film actually sounds like a knock-off of The Fast and the Furious (2001) franchise that started after that. Pricey, shiny cars, looking to be stolen in a heist film? Sure sounds aggressive enough to be one. But does it turn out like it sounds? Ehh,…kind of but it is a bit misguided in areas. Compared to its 1974 original, the story is more of a soft remake than anything else.

    Written mainly by Scott Rosenberg who also wrote for High Fidelity (2000) and with uncredited rewrites by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Hensleigh, the plot is about retired car thief Memphis Raines (Nicolas Cage) who is brought back to his old profession in order to save his younger brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) after a major screw up with car trafficker Raymond Calitri (Christopher Eccleston). The job Raines has to complete is stealing 50 high-end cars and have them ready to ship out, otherwise, Raines’ brother dies. So in order to complete this task, Raines gets the help from his old crew played by actors, Angelina Jolie, Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Will Patton, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones and some others. All the while, police officers Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo) and Drycoff (Timothy Olyphant) are on Raines’ tail trying to figure out if the retired thief has re-entered his old profession. Directed by Dominic Sena who’s only done a handful of films heads this production. Unfortunately, both the writing and direction have their issues.

    Going back to what was mentioned before, one would think if the title suggests something will be gone in sixty seconds, then the end result will be a fast paced, action film. The thing is, there is action and fast cars, but the build up to this is slower than necessary. Half of this film is Memphis Raines getting his posse together and over time removing the respective cars from their location. However, when this happens very few times is anybody speeding. It’s more like nonchalantly cruising off. That doesn’t sound that exciting, especially when considering the padding. For almost two hours, there are definitely some scenes that either could’ve been trimmed or removed completely. This is in due part with the writing, which has a minor subplot about Memphis Raines and Sway (Angelina Jolie) being in love once. It’s brought up at one point, then put on hold before having the cliche of “being back together” later for no real reason. What’s the point? Audiences aren’t exactly given the clearest of backstory to their relationship therefor so what?

    Another problem is the lighting and coloring. According to sources, Sena’s trademark look are sepia tone / yellowish colors in his film. However, this practically the only color available because there isn’t a whole lot of other things that stand out. It doesn’t make the viewing experience that interesting. With that though, there are still some nice highlights. The main leads to this film do have their moments together as a crew. Nicolas Cage plays the fence in his acting changing between calm and ready beat anyone who comes to take him out. Angelina Jolie may not be as active in this feature as her later roles would be but she still has a presence that can’t be ignored. Vinnie Jones is a character that never talks and isn’t explained as to why but he too has some moments that showcase he’s not to be messed with. On the other hand, Chi McBride and Delroy Lindo are probably the most vocal, being that they add some kind energy to their roles. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast aren’t engaging because there’s too many and not enough development.

    There are however some nice deadpan comical moments delivered by Cage and that deals with his car named Eleanor who sort of has a mind of its own for some reason. It’s dumb but funny. The cinematography by Paul Cameron (Man on Fire (2004) and Deja Vu (2006)) are well shot and work well the action scenes that do occur. Since it’s wide screen, the look gives a broad range of view to see what surrounds the characters. The car chases that Nicolas Cage performs are decently exciting and are nicely edited. That’s the way the rest of the film should have been executed. The music composed by synth enthusiast Trevor Rabin is a mixed bag. The score itself is pretty short surprisingly, clocking in only at a half-hour. Rabin does compose a main theme to Raines and Eleanor with a synth choir that pops up from time to time, but the rest of the tracks are somewhat muddled. There are some exciting cues that involve deep scratchy synth bases but they don’t show up all that often because much of the tracks run on average about a minute. It’s okay but could’ve been better.

    The electronic synth musical score, cinematography and main leads make the viewing experience watchable but the premise itself is squandered by slow pacing and infrequent action. To be gone in sixty seconds, the momentum this feature creates takes much longer than that.

    Points Earned –> 6:10

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