GONE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Movie Reviews -

★A re­tired mas­ter car thief must re­turn to his old ways, re­assem­ble his crew and steal 50 spe­cific cars in one night to save his brother’s life. The ac­tion is fast-paced but the story borders on stupid. Even with a well-cre­den­tialed cast ( Ni­co­las Cage, Angelina Jolie, Robert Du­vall), it put­ters along like an old jalopy. Out of gas. Chris­tian, Ray­mond, An­toine, Zac and Yvan (the C.R.A.Z.Y. of the ti­tle) are the five sons of Ger­vais Beaulieu ( Michel Cote), fam­ily man and de­voted Patsy Cline fan in this off-cen­tre Cana­dian com­edy. Zac ( Marc-an­dre Grondin) is the prob­lem child, who is dis­ap­pointed when he gets a hockey ta­ble for Christ­mas, hav­ing hoped for a pram. Hi­lar­i­ous and cringe-in­duc­ing. Writer-di­rec­tor Sally Pot­ter’s re­sponse to the way Mus­lims were “de­monised” in the wake of 9/11 is writ­ten al­most en­tirely in iambic pen­tame­ter. Ex­cel­lent Joan Allen is a Bri­tish sci­en­tist in a love­less mar­riage with smarmy politi­cian An­thony ( Sam Neill) but meets a Lebanese doc­tor ( Si­mon Abkar­ian) work­ing as a chef in London. Pro­ducer Jerry Bruck­heimer and di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley Scott were re­spon­si­ble for this pow­er­ful film about an elite US force that staged a “snatch and grab” raid on a build­ing in Mo­gadishu, So­ma­lia, in 1993. To say the mis­sion failed is a gross un­der­state­ment. The con­se­quences were hor­rific. Josh Hartnett, Ewan Mc­gre­gor, Ja­son Isaacs and Eric Bana star.

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