Sunday, March 19, 2017

2012 - GAMBIT, another remake


Going to the same well yet again we have a remake of the old Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine comedy thriller.  This version does at least attempt to work in some new situations instead of just completely aping the plot of the original.  This time Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth fill in for MacLaine and Caine.

The basic plot is the same a mismatched pair of thieves attempts to swindle a millionaire out of a chunk of money.  As in the original film we see the caper executed flawlessly which as it turns out is just a fantasy "flash forward" to how the crime should go.  Back to the real world when the actual caper is being executed, everything goes wrong and our thieves have to deal with one crisis and then another.


This version of Gambit is notable for the screenwriting presence of Joel and Ethan Coen. However I would have to say this is one of their minor efforts.  Nobody will be talking about this film in their oeuvre.

The film tries to be stylish and I guess the actors do what they can with their parts.  About the best you say for the film is that it has a kind of clever trick ending.


89 minutes.

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