Italian Job

One of my favorite movie by my favorite actor – Mark Wahlberg!

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The Italian Job is a 2003 American heist film and it is about a team of thieves who plan to steal gold from a former associate who double-crossed them. Most of the film was shot on location in Venice and Los Angeles, where canals and streets, respectively, were temporarily shut down during principal photography.

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After being betrayed in Italy by Steve (Edward Norton), Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg), driver Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), explosives man Left Ear (Mos Def) and tech geek Lyle (Seth Green), vows revenge. They enlist the help of Bridger’s daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron), and plot to recover the gold from Steve’s Los Angeles mansion.

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Charlie guides Stella, disguised as a cable repair representative, through Steve’s mansion to scope out its interior using a hidden camera.

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Steve flirts with Stella while she is there, unaware of her connection to John, and she decides go on a date with Steve to draw him out of his house, allowing them to steal the gold. During their date, Stella accidentally reveals her connection to John to Steve by citing a proverb that John always used to say. Steve becomes suspicious and demands to know who she is working for. The team then intervenes and enters the restaurant, and Steve is shocked that they have survived, but then taunts Charlie over John’s death and the reveal of the plan, causing Charlie to punch him in the face before leaving.

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Charlie plan to steal the gold en route to the airport by having Napster gain control of the downtown traffic light system as to be able to guide the armored truck to a specific location. Left Ear detonates part of the street, sending the van into the Metro rail tunnel where the others are waiting. Stella successfully crack the safe, and they load the gold into the Mini Coopers, which are small enough to fit through the storm drain tunnels.

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The epilogue shows them all having used their share of the gold for their own desired purposes. Charlie says that he took John’s advice and found someone he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, and he and Stella are shown sitting and laughing together in a gondola in Venice.

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