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Starring: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Jon Amiel
Genre: Thriller
Year: 1999
Rating: 4 / 5

The trap is set. Such is the tagline for Jon Amiel’s new thriller, Entrapment, starring the ageless Sean Connery and hot newcomer Catherine Zeta-Jones. Of course, what they do not mention is that the trap is not what you think. Having heard all of the advance hype concerning the "year’s hottest couple," I was understandably expecting some sizzling chemistry between the film’s two stars. Needless to say, I would venture to say that, while both stars have a screen persona that draws the viewer in, their on-screen chemistry is almost negligible. (The forty-year age difference between the two stars might be a reason for this.) That being said, I thought the movie was quite a success, combining some James Bond gadgets and a fast-moving international backdrop. Oh, and there were a couple twists along the way.

Robert MacDougal (Connery) is one of the world’s foremost thieves, old enough and wealthy enough retire, yet driven by the adrenaline rush and the desire for rare collectibles. When a priceless painting is stolen from a New York office building, insurance investigator Virginia Baker (Zeta-Jones) fingers Mac for the job. Persuading her boss, Cruz (Will Patton, Armadeggon), to let her catch this thief, Gin heads off to England to track Mac. From there, we jump to Scotland and Malaysia, on a wild ride that keeps the viewer guessing from start to finish.

Entrapment, which starts the plot twists roughly twenty minutes into the movie, is one of those films which entertains while making the viewer think. Always trying to remain one step ahead of the game, I found myself cycling through every possible combination of good guys and bad guys, all the while trying to ascertain who might be working for whom. This sort of intellectual thriller still has its place in today’s crowded cinemas, even if pyrotechnics and special effects have become the rule of the day. This is not to say that Entrapment does not dazzle with some picturesque location shots and some death-defying stunts atop the world’s tallest building. Rather, even with these stylish visuals, the viewer is still drawn to the film by its fast-paced plot and intriguing twists.

Entrapment features a rather capable cast, led by the unparalleled Sean Connery. Despite reaching into his mid-sixties, Connery can still display the same suave charisma that made him a star as James Bond many years ago. Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro) continues her meteoric ride to the top, delivering a confident sensuality while holding her own with a screen legend. Ving Rhames, who has yet to disappoint me in any of his roles, is strong once again as the mysterious Thibadeaux, Mac’s behind-the-scenes partner. Only Will Patton, as the almost forgotten insurance head Cruz, is not up to the task, coming across as relatively one dimensional. The three main actors shine on their own, and their lack of overpowering chemistry is more than made up for by a compelling story. The trap is set, but it is one in which the viewer will enjoy being ensnared.

Sean Connery..........Robert MacDougal
Catherine Zeta-Jones..........Gin Baker
Ving Rhames..........Thibadeaux
Will Patton..........Cruz

Certification: Rated PG-13 for langauge and violence.
Running Time: 112 minutes.

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