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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

Influential flick about an Insurance investigator (H.B. Halicki) with a sideline in stealing fast cars in a fast time. With a deadline for forty-eight specific vehicles quickly approaching, the team and their lamb-chops have to go all out, which means taking risks that are otherwise best avoided.
The acting isn't great, but the venture is distinctive visually. At times it's partway between a regular film and documentary news footage; the latter heightened by the unusual camera placement, but also in part due to portions of the script being completely improvised. Often, dialogue and imagery that would normally be separate are paired up, and it works.
It ends with a lengthy car chase that in all probability was the reason the film got made. It's exciting for a while, but was too long for my liking.

3½ sunglasses on the dash out of 5

1 comment:

Neg said...

I had no clue Cage's was a remake :shock: It was very banal. In one ear and out the other.