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By Owen Gleiberman
Updated July 11, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Gone in 60 Seconds: Albert Watson

Gone in 60 Seconds

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Has a movie ever seemed D.O.A., then won you over?

How late into the running time of a movie for which you had given up all hope has the movie redeemed itself? —Richard

After its catchy opening-credit sequence, scored to the gospel thunder of Moby’s ”Flower,” Gone in 60 Seconds looked like the worst Jerry Bruckheimer claptrap, a movie I wanted to be gone from after the first 60 minutes. Watching this 2000 summer thriller, I didn’t buy the setup: a crew of thieves forced to steal 50 cars in three days. I didn’t much dig the troweled-on attitude of Angelina Jolie, Scott Caan, Giovanni Ribisi, and the other young crooks for hire. And I could barely abide Nicolas Cage, hitting new levels of meta-sellout as the goofy behind-the-wheel wizard who puts the whole plan together. It all came off as the fast and the spurious — that is, until the plot finally kicked in, and they were jacking those cars, and suddenly, God only knows how, I was rooting for them. At which point Cage stepped into that vroomalicious old Mustang to lead the kind of spectacularly decadent car chase that makes you happy trash like this exists.

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Gone in 60 Seconds

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  • PG-13
  • 117 minutes