Memphis Raines (Nicolas Cage) has been retired from the car thieving game for some time now, he's readjusted to his new life and he swore that he would never look back. But the he was forced to. Just like his idol, Memphis' little brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi) has gone down the exact same path as Memphis had: stealing cars, falling into tough crowds, endangering his own life. But the only difference between Memphis and Kip is that Kip is sloppy, and he's gotten himself into a whole mess of trouble. Contracted out by a notorious mafia kingpin known as The Carpenter (Christopher Eccleston), Kip was hired to secure a certain number of cars for The Carpenter by a specific date...but then the warehouse where all the cars were being kept was raided. The Carpenter isn't happy, and it's up to Memphis to save the day.
Time to come out of retirement Memphis!
Memphis is approached by a member of his old car-jacking team - Atley (Will Patton) - who begs Memphis to help out his brother. As reluctant as he is, Memphis can't turn his back on family and returns home to try and bargain with The Carpenter...but it doesn't work out exactly as he'd hoped. Instead, Memphis is forced to strike a deal with the man: complete Kip's job by the designated date and nobody gets killed Sounds reasonable enough, right? Well, not quite. The Carpenter has a list of 50 cars he needs secured by Friday morning, and it is currently Monday night. Okay, 4 days to steal and store 50 rare, exotic, and expensive cars in Long Beach, California. But Memphis gets right down to work to get his old team together.
Alongside Atley, Memphis approaches the chop shop master who used to help out with their heists: Otto (Robert Duvall). Otto is eager to work with Memphis again, and it doesn't take long for the old gang to come back together. Kip even steps forward and offers the services of his younger group of thieves to help secure the cars. Perfect, the team is assembled! But after wasting about 3 days putting the team together, they only have 1 night to steal all these cars and get them back to the warehouse. Alright gentlemen, to your starting positions! The team disperses throughout the city, collecting Humvees and Mercedes' and Lambos...so many beautiful cars. But they're not just trying to race the clock tonight. Detectives Castelebeck (Delroy Lindo) and Drycoff (Timothy Olyphant) are well aware of the fact that Memphis is in town, and they're keeping a close eye on some of the prized auto gems in town...which will make many of these heists that much more complicated. But Memphis has to do it for his brother, he's a man with a mission!
"I'm like Robin Hood, I steal from the rich and give to the needy."
GOOD. GOD!! NO!!! This movie was a pain to watch from start to finish. Do not get me wrong, I love me a good action movie based around cars as much as anyone! I drooled over the Fast and Furious movies, I adore the new and original versions of Death Race...but Gone in Sixty Seconds falls so short on so many levels. First of all, this movie is 2 hours long and feels like it - in the 1974 version the movie was a strict 90 minutes but it also focused solely on the heists. This loosely-inspired remake tries to pack in so much more plot that it takes out a lot of the fun and action! And as far as the actual action goes, it's not very exciting. We've got some explosions, we've got a pretty decent car chase through downtown Long Beach...but that's really it. We don't have any real daring thefts, we don't have a lot of high speed chases, and we definitely don't end the movie with a 40 minute car chase. But we do watch Nicolas Cage jump a 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby over like 12 cars on a bridge...so that's fun? If you really love action movies, especially those that focus on car theft and chases, I do not recommend this movie. Its a major snooze fest and you'll be itching to watch something else.
Once more, the remake pales in comparison to the original.
Maybe we could get another shot at a remake maybe?