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Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
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by MP Bartley

"Gone (to sleep) In 60 Seconds"
2 stars

With a lot of producers or directors you always know what you're going to get. The Coen Brothers: lots of wordplay. Joel Schumacher: homoerotica. Jerry Bruckheimer: lots of explosions, silly characters and general nonsense. What you don't expect to get is boredom.

He's a peddler of shit yes, but it's superficially entertaining shit at best, which makes 'Gone' so surprising in it's pedestrian pace.
A Bruckheimer film will never stand up to close scrutiny so I think it's fitting that this review will consist of bullet points, as that's all the film consists of- random sequences pasted together to try and acheive some form and structure.

Point 1)The film centres around Nic Cages character, Memphis Raines (Bruckheimers films always have at least one character with a wacky name.It's a law or something)having to save his younger brother Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), from a local mobster. He has to do this by stealing 50 cars in one night and to do this he re-assembles his old crew of car thieves. So now that we know the film is about car thieves, we'd expect at least one thing:car chases. But oh no, most of the action revolves around Cage and company standing around looking at cars saying, "Gee, that's pretty that car. I'd like that car. I'll get that car one day". The few times an actual chase does develop it has all the pace and excitement of Herbie the Love Bug.

Point 2) We do have one major set-piece though. Memphis has got the last car that he needs to complete the collection. But wouldn't you know it? His way is blocked by a traffic jam. Lucky for him then, that there's a convenient ramp he can use to jump over the queue and get on his way. Any potential for a breathtaking one-take shot of this car sailing over the others (think the broken bridge jump in the Bond film, Live And Let Die)is ruined by director Dominic Sena's insistence on cutting away to several different edits of the action. NOTE TO DIRECTORS-Rapid edit-cutting will not inspire awe or convince us that the stunts aren't CGI enhanced.It does the opposite.Schmucks.

Point 3)Exactly how many cliched characters do we have here? We have Memphis, the retired car criminal forced into action for one last big job (and he has one of those c-c-crazy character tics of having to listen to a particular song before doing anything. He then signals his enjoyment of the song by waving his hands in,like, a funny way. Wow, what a joker)
We have his resentful, off-the-rails younger brother who he has to 'bond' with before actually doing the job.He has a resentful ex-girlfriend he has to'bond' with before doing the job (good thing he wants to do the job in just the one night. Any longer would infringe on all the bonding he has to do)
We have the seasoned old pro.We have the comedy black guy who likes to keep reminding us that he's the comedy black guy by continually referencing it. We have the tough cop with a heart of gold who despite devoting his life to catching Memphis, decides to let him go when he catches him cos he has,like, family problems and stuff.Excuse me what?!
We have the silent character (Vinnie Jones) who when he does finally speak, is supposed to inspire laughter and crys of "Ooo!How clever and witty!" It doesn't.It inspires yawns of boredom.
And then there's a villain.But he deserves a point all of his own...

Point 4)Now Christipher Eccleston is a fine actor. Watch 'Elizabeth' for proof of that. But he's woeful here as the villain. He's British (cliche #1), he lives in a metalworks foundry (cliche #2), and he has a line in terrible puns (cliche #3).Eg, "It never RAINES but it pours!Mwa-ha-ha!". But what really drags him down to the depths of awfulness is the fact that this evil, evil man is known as dun-dun-dah...The Carpenter.Yes that's right, The Carpenter.Because he likes wood.No I'm not kidding, I wish I was.Take the climatic scene, where Cage threatens Eccleston by...smashing his chairs to pieces.No really, stop giggling.Jesus Christ, the Count from Sesame Street is scarier than this guy!

Now I've never been particularly interested in cars, so I'm not going to salivate over this film simply because it has lots of shiny, flash cars.Big deal.But I can appreciate a fine car chase, such as 'Bullitt'. That 'Gone In 60 Seconds' fails on this scene is dissapointing. That it's a Bruckheimer film, when you would expect some action, however silly, is doubly dissapointing.

It really is boring,vapid,glossy nonsense.No excitement, no tension, no characters, nothing.Not even bad enough for one star, it's that bland. Skip it. Please.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell will be gone from your memory in 60 seconds 1 stars
6/22/15 David Hollingsworth not the way to make a movie 1 stars
7/24/10 bagwell5 A guilty pleasure of mine. Cool cars but way over the top action. 3 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner Cage makes some awesome films. 5 stars
2/04/08 Pamela White Watch it for the cars not the plot 3 stars
1/23/08 Chase Exciting. Eventhough it had down parts, it was a good movie. And Angelina with blonde hair? 4 stars
10/08/07 KNurse worth the watch 4 stars
9/18/07 Bojan Marjanovic Its awesome and you know it!!! 5 stars
4/19/07 Stevo UK Gone in sixty seconds. I dont mean the film, I mean me. To sleep. 1 stars
11/09/06 NEWTON d art of boosting cars is shown cars are magnificent. True car boosts meet the situations. 5 stars
10/19/06 David Pollastrini better than the original 4 stars
9/05/06 Jarkko Perälä Watch the original instead - At least it had exciting car chases 1 stars
9/01/06 Michele fun 3 stars
8/10/06 S281-E Watch it for the 1967 Shelby GT-500 5 stars
6/27/06 Ashley Hinz Odd, Very, Very, Angelina Odd 3 stars
5/31/06 tatum Not that bad! Some laughs, some action, unclench for two hours and enjoy 4 stars
4/27/06 Anthony Feor I don't think Cage was even acting in this movie 1 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer Another bad "heist" remake to reassure the audience of its masculinity. IT SUCKS!!! 1 stars
10/24/05 tony Horrible! no fucking way im watching this again! 1 stars
8/25/05 ES 'would you rather have sex or steal cars' = I'd rather turn the movie off 1 stars
3/07/05 Rock-Steady I though it was a porno, done in 60 seconds? 3 stars
2/05/05 Alice Colwell boring 2 stars
1/28/05 Charlie Another good remake! 4 stars
11/12/04 David Cothern Jr. It Is Something That You Would Want To Watch Over and Over Again 5 stars
10/07/04 Jorge Rivero The 67' shelby mustang gt 500 is badass 4 stars
5/31/04 Nobody See this instead of Fast and Furious! 4 stars
5/22/04 john bale How did Cage Duvall and Jolie get mixed up in this petrol heads bonanza ? 2 stars
5/12/04 Nevz great 5 stars
3/17/04 Brando Okay, "Yea"...itz not. Jackass. 1 stars
1/10/04 Yea da movie was can ya say itz not 5 stars
12/22/03 john yeah let's make a car chase movie with no real car chases - abyssmal!!! 1 stars
12/09/03 Samuel Better than either of the 'Fast and The Furious' films and much more believable as well... 5 stars
11/08/03 Lance 1967 Shelby GT 500...what more is there to say. 5 stars
9/13/03 The real Helen Zass After taunting poor constipated Daisy to death, Here's Angelina's turn to be constipated. 1 stars
3/30/03 Cathy ter Plugg Apparently GIRL INTERRUPTED was a one-time charm for Angelina Jolie. 1 stars
3/24/03 Jack Sommersby A grade-A cast slumming for easy paychecks. Artistically deplorable. 1 stars
1/20/03 Allen This is like a bad episode of "The A-TEAM". 1 stars
11/20/02 buzz 20010 fucking amazing peice of ganga leaves 5 stars
10/27/02 MarktheShark6 A great lineup of actors and cool cars makes this movie the best I've ever seen. 5 stars
10/18/02 BITCHSLAP WOW 5 stars
7/12/02 snowconehead best car chases around 5 stars
5/18/02 Dark Barøn The 1967 Shelby's only thing worth in this film. Just the car. Just.... the car. 2 stars
4/29/02 David A. Mediocre dud about auto thieves. It spawned pathetics like Ocean's 11 (2000) and Heist. 3 stars
3/13/02 craig very good 4 stars
3/10/02 jennifer cheek i love this movie nicholas cage is a great and sexy actor, the dvd sure is in my collection 5 stars
1/27/02 Tiffany Thunderhurst What a waste of Angelina Jolie after GIRL, INTERRUPTED 2 stars
1/16/02 David A. One of those predictable, contemporary science-of-being-a-crook things--blah 2 stars
12/26/01 Phil M. Afficianado Why bother to make a film like this, let alone sxpect people to see it. Yawn. 2 stars
12/15/01 seldom scene LAME STORYLINE, GREAT CINIEMATOGRAPHY 2 stars
12/13/01 Dominik Duprelle Jerk-to-Video crud. The Carpenter is about as menacing as a cheese sandwhich. 2 stars
11/09/01 Mark Great casting, along with great acting. Definetly one of the best of 2000. 5 stars
10/02/01 Phoenix A car chase movie that doesn't deliever one decent car chase. 1 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Thank goodness it was fast paced. Watch "The fast and the furious" instead 2 stars
8/21/01 P.Rodriguez F&*^ Shit-----Rank Hardcore Tripe-----There should B a SUCKS ALL ASS & DICK CATEGORY 1 stars
8/06/01 ted v. the poster was GOOD! the film was PRETTY LAME! 2 stars
8/02/01 JoseFlores Its a very awesome 5 stars
7/12/01 braden h kicks fucking ass 5 stars
7/06/01 SeStA THIS IS A KICK ARSE FILM! Nicholas Cage rox as well as Angelina Jolie, go see it go go go!! 5 stars
7/03/01 TLsmooth How in the fuck did that ugly-ass bitch Nick Cage become a fucking star? 1 stars
6/10/01 edgar the best movie ever 5 stars
6/06/01 Julia Somit this is the best movie i love the cars and i love the chase scenes 5 stars
6/06/01 Katrina This movie was the best. Whats wrong with you people 5 stars
5/22/01 Jordana Bernall This movie kicks ass! 5 stars
5/15/01 P.Rodriguez GEEEZZZ Seem Like Hollywood is short on orginal and decent ideas..............very short. 1 stars
5/14/01 Basil stupid movie. 1 stars
5/04/01 Mamdouh M. Mehaimeed not what i expected,,,, 3 stars
4/26/01 Dom Corleone Absolutely pathetic - insulting hollywood trash 1 stars
4/23/01 Dave B Mathew Bartley..fuck you!!..the shelbyGT 500 makes the movie the BEST EVER!! 5 stars
4/02/01 Jesse L Angelina Jolie is a horrible actress but Cage makes it happen... 4 stars
3/20/01 johnny 1 That 1967 shelby is fucking some nice shit 5 stars
3/14/01 andrew it was the best movie ever 5 stars
3/13/01 David Best movie ever 5 stars
3/08/01 jeremy i love the part with the 1976 shelby mustang gt 500 theat part is aswome i wish i had one. 5 stars
3/03/01 Ariel Bradford AWESOME! plus the cars rock and Nick is hott! 5 stars
3/01/01 HyDRo The best fucking movie I have ever seen 5 stars
3/01/01 Wesley Olvera it's a very good car movie 4 stars
2/22/01 Monday Morning Nic rocks, action trucks, Ribisi sucks. This is a hip flick overall, tho'. 4 stars
2/18/01 Anderson Excellent for car fanatics!!!!!! 5 stars
2/17/01 Steven Armet WOW this was awesome 5 stars
2/14/01 Paul AMAZING 5 stars
2/13/01 adf sweet as all fucking hell 5 stars
2/01/01 Dan Waldman Give it a minute & you'll forget it. 2 stars
1/25/01 dog a kick ass movie only a car guy could appricate 5 stars
1/13/01 Avenger Girl Phfff! Dissapointing-should have been a lot better with more action less crap chat. 3 stars
1/06/01 Steve This movie has the best looking cars,not to mention Angelina Jolie................... 5 stars
1/02/01 FrayLo I don't understand how anyone can like this movie...carchases==cheesy, just plain sucks 1 stars
12/12/00 Dan Shaw The film is one of the best i have ever seen and the best film of the year 5 stars
12/10/00 Erik Koenig I really enjoyed this movie. Both the cars and the story line were hot. 5 stars
11/05/00 Gray Cage, Jolie and Ribisi have no chance to act. They only characters in this were the cars. 1 stars
10/26/00 Dave Jackson Bad. Really Really Bad. Bad Acting. Bad Direction. Bad Edit. Bad Script. Bad.... 1 stars
9/08/00 Richard Wright ,Saw it, thought it was O.K don't remember anything about it now, don't wanna see it again. 3 stars
9/04/00 nick it was the best 5 stars
9/04/00 The Extreaminizer Sweet-Ass Folow-Up to The Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, and Enemy of the State; Great Movie. 5 stars
8/30/00 Eran nice,I enjoyed watching it ,while taking all the time about everything 4 stars
8/25/00 goran awesome 5 stars
7/25/00 Charley Sigler I thought it was a very good movie with great action sequences. 5 stars
7/21/00 Jokko Not worth a rental. Good chases? HELL NO. Boring movie with lame "action", bad performances 1 stars
7/08/00 Zaw check it out. 5 stars
7/06/00 Olyphant The 1st Cage-Bruckheimer actioner that bored me. So many cool actors, so little acting. Sad 3 stars
7/01/00 Belinda Rental 3 stars
6/30/00 Mr J M HARWOOD Sick, did not see enough of ANGELINA JOLIE 5 stars
6/29/00 PJ a great chase scene does not a movie make. MTV crap, pointless, Cage should be ashamed! 2 stars
6/28/00 lina so what if it was predicatable... it had great action ...awesome car chases ... 5 stars
6/28/00 furtively The title IS the review. Gone in 60 Seconds. 2 stars
6/27/00 Paige Pretty lame. Good rental for a rainy Sunday. 2 stars
6/26/00 Pierce Lanson Plot full of holes, (why'd they let brother go??) absolutely predictable, crap. 2 stars
6/26/00 Bubby I kewpt looking for something to slit my wrists with! 1 stars
6/25/00 Mike Better then I had expected... but not as good as The Rock or other cage films 4 stars
6/24/00 malcolm not nearly enough chases for a car thief film. Giovanni Ribisi grossly underused 3 stars
6/21/00 Mortis I felt fully manipulated and I LOVED IT!!! Cage rocks! Angelina rolls! 4 stars
6/16/00 Will yawn. 2 stars
6/14/00 Joe Richards A car chase movie with 1 car chase? 2 stars
6/13/00 PJ Great car chase scene at the end, that's pretty much it, mtv crap with some good parts 3 stars
6/13/00 Obi Wan Expected to see some crazy car chases, mad action since this was Jerry Bruckheimer..SUCKED! 2 stars
6/13/00 Heather Keith Expected plot twists, but actually done well. I'd certainly never call it boring! 4 stars
6/13/00 PhilmPhreak Pretty lame. 3 stars
6/13/00 Captain Highcrime I guess the high price of gas affected the number & duration of chases, stays in PARK a lot 3 stars
6/13/00 Simon Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. 3 stars
6/11/00 "Persnickety" it's cool if you like car chases and cage, other then that it was ok 4 stars
6/09/00 The Rock This is what I wanted out of MI-2..a mindless action, high energy movie 5 stars
6/09/00 Jokko This guy's wrong -- this movie sucked beginning to end. Chases are boring. Acting is awful. 1 stars
6/05/00 D. Simpson Cage is back where he belongs. The cast is dynamic all the way, & extraordinary car chases! 5 stars
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