The Good

A fun fueled film in which everyone involved seems to be having a good time.

The Bad

The three supplemental features are essentially the same segment shown three times.

Gone in 60 Seconds is the kind of movie that you watch for one reason and one reason only... entertainment. This tale of Memphis Raines (Nicolas Cage) who has to come out of retirement and steal 50 cars in one night, has all the typical Jerry Bruckheimer flair in which specifics are eschewed to get right to the action. While some people might scoff at the reality of a film like this, at the end of the day it's fast, fun and filled with the kind of moments that make for great trailers.

I didn't like this film that much when I saw it in the theater. There was something about watching it on the big screen that seemed a bit overdone. However revisiting this movie first on DVD and now on UMD, I found myself genuinely engaged by this movie. Maybe it's because I was able to exert control over how I watched it, but I honestly think that this is a good film and the kind of movie I will continue to watch again and again just because I enjoy it so much.

Features

Action Overload; 0 to 60 and Wild Rides

In all honesty, they could have cut these three segments together into one big piece and I think that would have been fine. They all serve the same purpose which is to highlight the action in this film. Action Overload is a synopsis of the action in the movie. They have just taken all the best scenes and strung them together into a very short mini movie. 0 to 60 is a "making of" segment that looks at how they put together Cage's car in the movie, the main characters of the film and of course it lends an eye toward the popular action sequences.

Lastly, Wild Rides goes even more in depth with the action. It shows us how Cage and a few of the other actors did their own stunt driving, and breaks down doing such scenes as the final chase sequence. As I said, these are pretty standard but for fans of the movie they are extras that will be well worth the watch.

Video

Widescreen. There are bars at the the top and bottom of the screen. Initially, I thought that this might hurt the quality of the picture as the bars are taking space away from an already small canvas, but this movie really seems to have benefited from both the compression and the picture size. This movie has a lot of night shots and as a result there is a decent amount of darkness to the film's images. This doesn't really effect viewing it on a PSP but if you change your viewing angle, that's when you notice how darkly altered the picture really is.

Audio

Stereo. I would say Bruckheimer films are 60% images and 40% sound. While this might seem like a disparity, when one thinks of the bigness of his film it's most likely because of the audio and not the visual. Don't get me wrong, they are all equal in parts and they are both very important, but due to the sound Gone in 60 Seconds doesn't play like a normal movie. Watching it on a PSP, I was really surprised at how much more the sound was heightened due to the smallness of the medium.

Package

Cage and Angelina Jolie dominate the cover. What's even more interesting is that if Jolie hadn't won an Academy Award before this movie opened, I don't know if she makes the front shot of this movie? The one car in this picture has an almost "Knight Rider" vibe as it comes forward. The back of this packaging gives us more shots from the film, a description of Gone in 60 Seconds, an "Extra Features" listing and a few technical specs. This movie is fast paced and as such should appeal to it's intended audience.

Final Word

Robert Duvall, who appears here in the role of Otto Halliwell, is really good. So good in fact that one of his lines even made the trailer. Think about that, amidst all the action that the producers were trying to sell, they knew that showing Duvall in the film would probably help it along. And what I love is that Duvall isn't phoning in his performance either. I think that is why Bruckheimer's films do so well. He doesn't make popcorn movies with bad actors, but rather popcorn films with thespians. As a result, people trust that the films he makes are going to be what he says they are.

Gone in 60 Seconds is an entertaining ride that never lets up for the willing movie watcher.

Gone in Sixty Seconds was released June 9, 2000.