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Review by MrBrown
2½ stars out of 4
About a third into _Entrapment_, we have learned the following about
Catherine Zeta-Jones: her character is an insurance investigator trying
to nail a world famous thief by posing as a thief herself; she is very
athletic and remarkably limber (watch her slither her way around a grid
of security lasers); she struggles with an American accent (her natural
Welsh lilt always creeps through); and she looks smashing in a skin-tight
cat suit. In short, we have learned just about everything--except for
one teensy detail: her character's name.
This is a problem, but one that it easily forgiven; after all, maybe
director Jon Amiel was as distracted by Zeta-Jones's magnetism--and, for
that matter, that of leading man Sean Connery--as the audience is. Their
combined charisma keeps _Entrapment_ watchable. What it doesn't,
however, is make this action adventure terribly exciting. That's Amiel's
job, and he does not appear to know quite how to approach it.
Amiel does stage a particularly tense heist scene where undercover
investigator Virginia Baker (yes, that is Zeta-Jones's character name)
and her quarry, master thief Robert MacDougal (Connery) team up to steal
a precious mask. But that's about the only thrill scene that Amiel
doesn't fumble in some way. An early car chase is too abbreviated to
make any sort of impression, and a high-wire climax is too contrived and
conventionally staged to be very suspenseful. Amiel handles the quieter
moments better, but there he is largely helped by the the rapport between
his megawatt stars. Even that, however, isn't always enough; the two
can't hide the fact that the manipulative, overly drawn-out resolution
could have used a lot more tightening in the editing room.
The many twists in the script by Ron Bass and William Broyles Jr. do not
always make complete sense, but it delivers enough surprises to keep the
audience on their toes and interested. But without some real zest and
style on the directorial end--which ousted helmer Antoine Fuqua
(_The_Replacement_Killers_) could have brought to the
project--_Entrapment_ is more of a diversion than a true thriller.
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