I would like to preface this review by reminding my Gentle Readers out there that I am a heterosexual female. I would then like to say that Catherine Zeta-Jones, her butt in particular, is the best thing about this movie. This does not make Entrapment a de facto bad movie, but had some other female creature been contorting her way across a deadly web of infra red security beams, this movie would have rated a little lower. Sean Connery is playing his sage “I was James Bond once, you know” character who naturally finds Ms. Zeta-Jones pleasing to the eye. No stretch there, but then when an Ã¼bermortal such as Connery is trying to woo an Ã¼berdeity like CZ-J, well, I mean, she would make Superman feel inadequate.
Sitting in the theatre, I enjoyed the movie, but as occasionally happens I totally forgot I saw it and therefore did not review it for over a week. This to me bodes ill for the longevity of the movie. I recall thinking it is a delicious mix of kick ass locations, interesting double and triple crosses, and a wild pastiche of poorly explained motivations that still added up to keeping me interested and involved. The amazing twin towers in Malaysia, the tallest structure on earth, is a major setting and that stuff alone it’s worth catching on HBO. Did I mention Catherine Zeta-Jones’ ass? It’s truly not fair. I do my part – I work at a computer all day, see a lot of movies, read, drive everywhere, and eat my American share of fatty and sugary foods – why should that Welsh bit look so much better than I do and still make it look natural? Doesn’t she realize how much higher the standards for women’s’ appearance have just risen?
Connery is old but he’s no slouch – he does some pretty cool stuff and the castle on the loch in which he makes his home is also a delicious location. Overall, the movie was very entertaining and utterly forgettable. Ving Rhames and Will Patton are in it, yeah, and well, uh, and they do some stuff, and there are some really cool cat burglary scenes which I am a sucker for in general. Zeta-Gives-Men-A-Jones is feline and fulla moxie. I found myself sucked in even as my rational brain screamed “No! Give me a break!” Scientifically speaking, that would make this movie a perfect start to the air conditioned soporific known as the summer movie season.
“Pretty girl! Pretty places! Neat trick! Ooh tension! Oh a surprise. Cool….art. Pretty places again!” I had no idea all the signs on everything in Malaysia were in English. It’s always a bad sign when I can’t generate 500 full words, but if you think Catherine Zeta-Jones (last seen in Mask of Zorro) is pretty, you will like this movie quite a bit.
MPAA Rating PG-13
Release date 4/30/1999
Time in minutes 113
Director Jon Amiel
Studio 20th Century Fox