starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green
screenplay by Donna Powers & Wayne Powers, based on the screenplay by Troy Kennedy-Martin
directed by F. Gary Gray
by Walter Chaw The Italian Job may be the very definition of a perfunctory remake. There's no arguing with its professionalism and, at times, it threatens to hear the music, but when its best moments are those in which Donald Sutherland--in Venice again after 1973's Don't Look Now--summons up the horrific ghosts of Nicolas Roeg films past, the picture reveals itself to be inspired only by movies that were first, and better. In that spirit, among the recent crop of heist films, The Italian Job is better than Frank Oz's The Score and David Mamet's Heist, but not nearly so good as James Foley's Confidence. It finds itself at the mercy of the rhythms and images of pictures it seeks to ape, drumming out in the end an often flat, frequently limp product that seems to know, to its credit, the difference between "style" and "seizure." But with a cast that is either predictably flat (Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham) or convinced they're too good for the movie (Ed Norton; only Seth Green seems like he's having genuine fun), The Italian Job is just a prettified reflection glancing off the surface of a deep well.