||A lot of neat stuff happened
throughout the movie, combined with the way we see doubts among the
loyalties of the two main characters. Those are its greatest strengths.
Of course, seeing Catherine Zeta-Jones sinuously moving across the floor
avoiding laser alarms helped it a lot, as well.
The theft of the painting was her, of
course. It had to be. I had to laugh at her reaction when he showed how
he obtained it, from the mail-room in the building! The mask was also
fun to see stolen, because they had so much preparation for it.
Unfortunately, that happened before the
climax of the film. I first figured out that he was under some sort of
supervision only when he was confronted by his "colleague" in Malaysia.
Instead of blackmail, which he claimed, it really was entrapment after
I liked how they managed to get inside
the bank building in Malaysia, but once they obtained the transfer, it
was less interesting. Was there no air duct for plan B in the building
where they made their theft?
The shift of loyalties at the end also
didn't make sense. I didn't buy the corrupt FBI agent, even for millions
of dollars in circuit board prototypes. Could they not trace her
accounts, to see that she actually transferred 8 billion dollars, not
seven? The FBI agent also ordered his men back on the platform, though
nobody appears. Did Mac buy his own freedom as well as hers? I didn't
like they way they forced the ending that way.
Still, for a movie about high-tech
thieves, it was a lot of fun, and that is exactly what this type of
movie is about.
||I loved the feel of this movie, with its high-tech gadgetry and
hidden secrets. I didn't know who was actually telling the truth,
or who was on what side of the law. But the ending was a mess.
Double-crosses are one thing, but this made a mish-mash of a good story.
But, both Zeta-Jones and Connery are great at what they do, and are