Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on January 2, 2012

The Great Train Robbery plays out like a proto-Ocean’s 11, and suffers in my eyes as a result. It has all the elements of a caper movie with a sense of humor… the crew is assembled, the plan is laid out, amusing hijinks happen along the way, someone betrays them, things go wrong, but it turns out they have it all under control. I don’t know if this originated this type of movie or what, but I’ve seen it done a million times now, and I think the style has been refined since, so this just feels to me like an amateurish version of what today is a much more slick production. Sean Connery is obviously a very good lead for this kind of movie, but Donald Sutherland is a weird choice. He doesn’t so much do a British accent, he just sounds like a Canadian who says “bloody” a lot.

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