‘Gone in 60 Seconds: Directors Cut’ is actually better than second time around

[rating=2]Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Delroy Lindo, Will Patton, Christopher Eccleston, Chi McBride, Robert Duvall
Director(s): Dominic Sena
Writer(s): Scott Rosenberg

Angelina Jolie co-stars with Nicolas Cage in 'Gone in 60 Seconds'
Angelina Jolie co-stars with Nicolas Cage in ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’

I have to admit, I never thought much about Gone in 60 Seconds. It’s a goofy, pointless action flick. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I love a good goofy, pointless action flick. My brain doesn’t have to work every darn time I watch a movie. Sometimes I like to just watch a movie and have fun.

Sadly, though, I can’t say I remembered much about the film. So, when I sat down to view the “unrated, new extended version” of Gone in 60 Seconds, I was fairly certain I wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference between it and the original version.

And I was right.

Even after looking around online I couldn’t find an exact description of what was added into the movie. From what I could piece together, it’s mostly some character stuff, but that’s about it (everyone’s saying this, but let me echo that you shouldn’t let the marketing ploy of “unrated” fool ya, that just means they didn’t resubmit it to the MPAA after they added in the new footage).

Strangely enough, though, I did like the film a little better this time around. I might not know exactly what scenes were put back, but they seemed to work. I guess. I mean, it’s still a goofy, pointless action flick, but somehow it works a little better now. I can’t tell you how or why, but it just does. Now stop harassing me.

Anyway, the basic story follows Memphis (Nicolas Cage), a former and infamous car thief who left the life. But when his younger brother (Giovanni Ribisi) gets in trouble for botching a string of car thefts, Memphis must come out of retirement in order to save his life. He gathers up his old crew and prepares for the biggest heist of his career — 50 exotic cars in 24 hours.

With a dedicated cop hot on his trail, he much out wit the law and keep one step ahead of the criminals to stay on deadline and save his brother.

The concept is actually not bad. Based on a 1974 film by the same name, it’s one of those clever gimmick movies. Gone in 60 Seconds came as part of a string of action stories better suited for direct-to-video that were given big-budget gloss by producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Con Air). But it doesn’t really offer much, kind of like cotton candy. All pink and fluffy and cute to look at, but dissolves and disappears moments after you taste it.

The biggest problem with it is that while you know Cage’s Memphis must pull of the heist to save his brother, the little brat isn’t really worth saving. He’s a sleaze bag of a kid, arrogant and stupid. If he wasn’t Memphis’ brother, I’m sure he would have wasted no time in turning his back to the whole arrangement.

The series of extras on this new “extended version” are probably as easily forgettable as the movie itself. Sadly, they’re all just fluff, overly hyping the film as if it were more than just a goofy, pointless action flick. The one I actually found most interesting, however, was “Conversations with Jerry Bruckheimer”. Here he discusses producing and the movie business. Like him or not, he’s a successful producer and has a keen sense for the business (as long as you block out the horrendous Pearl Harbor). Some of what he says is pretty insightful, so this was easily the one standout special feature of the DVD.

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hr., 58 mins.

Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan has written, directed and produced more than a dozen short films under the banner of Maynard Films, and has worked as a writer for more than a decade for websites, magazines and newspapers.

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