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Issue: Winter 2010

Entrapment (1999) movie review

Thief Catcher


Insurance investigator Virginia Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is on the trail of the elusive famous elder-statesman of cat burglars, Mac (Sean Connery). She persuades her boss (Will Patton) to let her set a trap for Mac.

Entrapment, set on the eve of the year 2000 when the Millennium Bug controversy was at its height, is a classic caper film. Virginia is a lithe and beautiful woman who is used to being able to seduce or manipulate others with her charm and/or looks. She sets her cap at Mac, easily the oldest cat burglar the genre has ever seen, and the two engage in larceny and a battle of wills and egos.

Despite the age difference between the actors, and the credibility gap in such an well-aged master thief, Entrapment is a well-paced and engaging film.

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Movie poster, Entrapment
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Then again, practice makes perfect.

Beautifully shot, fascinating in its technology, and with just enough twists to keep the audience interested. Very watchable.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 8 July 1999
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See also: Catherine Zeta-Jones also appears in The Mask of Zorro

Just the facts:

Title: Entrapment (1999)
Written by: Ronald Bass (story, scr) and Michael Hertzberg (story); William Broyles Jr. (screenplay)
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Running time: 113 min
Rating: M

The Players: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Patton, Ving Rhames, Maury Chaykin

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