Review by Justin Felix
Story by Ronald Bass and Michael Hertzberg.
Screenplay by Ronald Bass and William Broyles Jr.
Directed by Jon Amiel.
Starring Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Ving Rhames.
Rated PG-13 (contains violence, sensuality, and profanity) 112 mins.
Synopsis: An aging master art thief, his supplier, and a young, buxom
security consultant are all not who they first appear to be (or are they?)
in this convoluted mess involving a risky heist during the millennium.
Comments: This movie was boring. Plain and simple.
Entrapment should not have been boring. It stars Sean Connery, who
still carry an action film despite his age, Catherine Zeta-Jones, a likeable
enough film presence, and Ving Rhames, ultra-cool star of Pulp
Mission: Impossible. It takes full advantage of the Y2K computer
(a current "hot topic" in the news) in its storyline, which is set at the
end of 1999. It has some genuinely well-staged action sequences. So, what
went wrong? Plenty, unfortunately.
The major problem with Entrapment is its script. It has a been-there,
done-that feel to it. Nothing seems particularly inventive or original, so
the whole movie lacks suspense and drags (it runs nearly two hours). The
screenwriters, for example, periodically use a countdown to the millennium
as a means of transition between scenes (i.e. "4 days to the Millennium").
This device was used much more effectively in the overlooked sci-fi film
Strange Days. The characters are not who they appear to be at the
beginning, which is neat at first but the device wears thin once the
umpteenth "surprise" revelation is made. Entrapment, in other
too heavily on the audience not knowing what each character's true motive
is, resulting in a convoluted story which leaves many scratching their heads
The star power here is quite strong, but the viewer can't help but feel the
actors are wasted in this production. Sean Connery is given such
mind-numbing lines as "Never trust a naked woman." Ving Rhames' character
seems like an afterthought; he's not developed at all. The camera zooms in
frequently and leeringly at Catherine Zeta-Jones's tight wardrobe. This, in
and of itself, is not bad, but, after a while, it has a juvenile feel to it.
At least the Species movies hold no bones about the fact that they're
exploiting the female body. Entrapment does the same under the thin
disguise of plot development (Sean Connery supposedly falls in love with the
girl while watching her, in tights, arc and pivot around laser beams).
The tagline for this movie reads "The trap is set." It sure is, on those
who spent money to see this movie. Entrapment really isn't that
bad; it is
watchable. I would suggest, however, one waits until this is on cable or
television to see it.
(Out of five)
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