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Overall Rating
2.98

Awesome: 5.08%
Worth A Look: 29.66%
Average33.05%
Pretty Bad: 22.88%
Total Crap: 9.32%

10 reviews, 58 user ratings


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Entrapment
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by Chris Parry

"It's a movie about two ass cheeks. Nice ass cheeks, but still..."
3 stars

You could pretty much guarantee that anyone who went to see this film in it's opening week was either really bored, or had seen that trailer shot of Catherine Zeta-Jones sliding her spandex-clad ass under laser-beams one too many times. Why? Because if you take the derriere in question out of the equation... no movie.

And that's a pity, because Zeta-Jones can really act. No, really. Without her, Mask Of Zorro would have sunk like a stone. Just as Jen Lopez did in Out Of Sight, Zeta-Jones gave Zorro enough oomph, strength and sex appeal to make the slow bits (and Anthony Hopkins' awful eye-liner) not register.

So old Jurassic Bond himself, Sean Connery, manages to get an action-adventure film started. An action adventure film that boasts a Ron Bass script (guaranteed to make anyone with a half-full container of popcorn take real interest in their popcorn) and an interminable 'sense-of-disbelief' requirement. He knows he's going to lose his shirt on this thing. He's 108 and expected to be Action Jackson. The dialogue sounds like something George Lucas would pen. So what does he do?

What would you do? You find the best ass in the business and point the camera at it. Sadly, Jen Lopez wasn't available, so they got the second best ass instead.

It was a good call, because this way at least half the audience (probably more than half looking at the trailer) were only there to see some patch.

Entrapment, as a script, does not deliver. Entrapment, as a perv-piece, delivers for a few minutes and then gets real old real quick. Entrapment, as an action adventure film... actually kicks some ass.

Yes, it's all bollocks. Yes, it could never happen. Yes, the leads should die six hundred times throughout the two hours. But there's enough Hong Kong Action in this film to almost get it by. Not fighting, just suspense. I found myself on the edge of my seat for the entire last act. Granted, my feet were still on the seat in front of me, a decidely uncomfortable position, but credit where it's due - if you can get past the romantic angle without having flashbacks to that time when you were four when hairy uncle Harry tried to give you a bath, and if you leave the theatre three minutes before the finish, you could do a lot worse.

I could rehash the story for you, but seriously, if you're going to this film for the story, you'll want to see something else. But if a bit of mindless action, or gratuitous close-ups of the female anus are your thing, then voila!

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originally posted: 07/02/99 03:15:51
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User Comments

12/29/17 morris campbell not bad 3 stars
2/26/14 Madame de Merteuil Totally unbelievable but Sean Connery makes it work 4 stars
6/11/10 Dr Samual Johnson This is Sean Connery at his best. Zeta-Jone is as fine as wine. The plott is great. 5 stars
8/19/09 Jeff Wilder Mildly entertaining. But relies on dated contrivances and has no brain at all. 2 stars
11/28/08 Shaun Wallner Well made. 3 stars
7/28/08 Divestre Could be better...but it's still in my collection. 5 stars
6/09/08 PAUL SHORTT A STAR DRIVEN, GLOBE-TROTTING EXERCISE IN FINELY CRAFTED ABSURDITY 3 stars
12/08/07 JT thought it was great purely because of CZJ's laser scenes :D 5 stars
2/18/07 Nick Maday Not necessarily memorable, but still a good viewing experience 4 stars
5/24/06 The Velcro Warlock Tedious to hokey interactions betwixt Connery and Zeta-Jones. 3 stars
2/21/06 Agent Sands One of those good old heist flicks that satisfies the shit out of me. 4 stars
9/10/05 Indrid Cold Really not that bad; the climax is actually quite exciting, if ridiculous. 3 stars
8/13/05 ES Mr. Connery we need you for this part because you're younger than Catherine's real husband 1 stars
1/17/05 John Bale James Bond is past his useby date, but its not a bad action flick with some good stunts. 4 stars
11/04/04 John rather boring and far fetched and very little energy - Connery still worth his salt though 2 stars
12/29/03 John Bale Connery still cuts the mustard with lovely Zeta-J in this nonsense hi-tech heist movie 3 stars
4/13/03 Dr. Zinn Connery is cool as ever and Zeta-Jones is VERY HOT!! 4 stars
4/02/03 Jack Sommersby Bland and impersonally done. The two stars fail to click, and the action is stodgy. 1 stars
7/25/02 ALFABOY what a miserable mess 1 stars
5/16/02 The Velcro Warlock Tedious to hokey interactions betwixt Connery and Zeta-Jones. 3 stars
4/04/02 cat CZJ shows she has sexiness and substance in this high tech film. 5 stars
1/16/02 David A. One of those predictable, contemporary, the science-of-being-a-crook things--blah! 2 stars
1/08/02 The Man Unremarkable caper flick. I just watched Zeta Jones the whole time. 3 stars
12/09/01 Andrew Carden There Were Only 2 Good Things About It: Connery and Zeta Jones. 4 stars
10/06/01 Butterbean A long and empty film. It was a major disappointment 2 stars
8/29/01 Gary Godawful. Zeta-Jones looks good tho. 1 stars
8/17/01 Obi Wan Movie should have been called ENCRAPMENT or THIS CRAP MAN. Hope Sean took home good check 1 stars
8/12/01 R.W. Welch Mostly routine and unconvincing action pic, a few bright spots. 3 stars
7/03/01 TLsmooth Catherine Shitty-Jones is fucking horrible in this film. 1 stars
6/13/01 J I won't comment on the "CZJ'S A" issue but over than that I agree with Clark & Hb. 4 stars
5/30/01 mr beltring boy es me mbofy uh?........wankova her ass 5 stars
5/28/01 Gilberto Catherine Zeta-Jones' ass is worth it all, period. 4 stars
11/20/00 Connoisseur a pretty good flick. 4 stars
11/14/00 The EVIL Penguin It sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks....... 1 stars
6/08/00 TERRIE SMITH Not much of a film; highly over-rated despite Connery and Zeta-Jones 3 stars
3/25/00 Richard Wright A mismatched pair go robbing in this tedious mess.Don't let anybody "entrap" you to see it. 2 stars
3/03/00 Sally Hemmings trash 1 stars
2/29/00 JussMatt Mildly entertaining... loved CZJ's ass shots!! Just forgot one thing..where's the beef? 4 stars
1/07/00 Murray Castles More holes in the storythan you can count. Crap. 2 stars
8/26/99 Steven Zeta-Jones was hot, but the way she moved thru the lasers was stupid! 3 stars
8/15/99 Keith Connery is asleep at the wheel but Catherine is beautiful. You decide if that's enough. 4 stars
8/02/99 JimBob good acting,good plot good entertainment 4 stars
8/01/99 Obi Wan Title of this movie should have been: ENCRAPMENT! I forgive you Sean 2 stars
7/27/99 David Kindred I expected a lot more gadgets. Zeta-Jones ass rules. 3 stars
7/19/99 TOMB COOL AND FUN 5 stars
7/18/99 MRHOLLYWOOD !! tries to be serious! Tries to be Bond! Silliest Ending!! 3 stars
7/16/99 BenIBM The 2nd worst movie this year! "Payback" was much worser!! 1 stars
7/07/99 Dax A fun way to kill an afternoon if you can overlook a few things that seem "too convenient" 4 stars
6/25/99 Annearchy, Damme, Satanne I weep for Sean Connery. What is James Bond doing making "b" films? 1 stars
6/23/99 Chuck D. Derivative, boring, silly and incomprehensible. Zeta Jones is the only saving grace. 2 stars
6/15/99 David Throwback to 70's style light adventure. It's an ok way to pass the time. 3 stars
6/04/99 Neurotikal Story was exciting at times, pretty lame overall though. Zeta-Jones barely compensates. 2 stars
6/01/99 Doug Paulsen Yea, whatever 3 stars
5/30/99 Murrieta Man Fun movie, good action, great photography, Zeta has great bod - but where's the boobs? 4 stars
5/23/99 Ami the Wonderbread Her ass is nice, but his is better 4 stars
5/22/99 GothamDK Interesting high-tech thriller. A movie that Wired magazine would make. CZJ at her best. 4 stars
5/10/99 Juan Carlos Rey Tasty flick. Connery is starting to look his age, though... 4 stars
5/01/99 Freyja As lovely as it is, Zeta's ass does not a good movie make. 1 stars
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USA
  30-Apr-1999 (R)

UK
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Australia
  08-Jul-1999 (MA)


Directed by
  Jon Amiel

Written by
  Ron Bass
  Michael Hertzberg

Cast
  Sean Connery
  Catherine Zeta-Jones
  Ving Rhames
  Maury Chaykin
  Will Patton



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