My Rating: 2 stars
This movie is essentially all about gratuitous shots of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ butt in her leather cat-suit (and poorly fitting 90s track pants). That’s how they originally sold tickets to this thing when it first came out in 1999. And, that really is the only thing this movie has going for it anymore, because it sure doesn’t hold up as a thrilling heist film. Of course, it was probably pretty exciting at the time. But, everything is so dated! The key plot point is the Y2K computer bug that was supposedly going to take down all the computer systems in the world. (Remember when everyone was in a tizzy about that?)
So, our thieves are going to steal all the money from the largest bank in Southeast Asia by taking advantage of the ten-second window when it’s installing a software patch to solve the Y2K bug. They’re going to do this new, fancy thing called “downloading” information from “the net.” And, for some reason this still requires scaling the building in tailor-made, leather onsies. It’s so delightfully silly! Of course, I do remember when this movie came out in theaters. The internet was new and exciting. Zeta-Jones was one of the hottest working actors. And, Sean Connery was still considered very sexy. Now, that whole idea is just a joke. The thought of it makes my skin crawl now. But, at the time, it made sense to pair those two up as love interests.
But, I guess it’s pretty fun to watch this kind of thing and laugh every time the characters try to sound really high-tech. It’s amusing that people used to think that corporations keep their really important information stored in one, special, brushed steel, computer terminal, hid behind several sleek, sliding metal panels that can be accessed with a series of key codes and retina scans. That kind of thing only exists in a bond villain’s lair. (And, the only reason he has it is because he saw it in a movie).
I guess this would be a fun movie to watch as a silly walk down memory lane. You could have a 90s nostalgia night or something. But, it’s really not very exciting or sexy anymore. The 90s fashions are really just a buzz-kill—all those ill-fitted jeans and sparkling spaghetti straps. No thank you. And, all the butt-shots of Catherine Zeta-Jones exist in their entirety in the trailers, so there’s no need to watch the whole movie if that’s all you’re in it for. So, I don’t think I’d recommend you revisit this film as a serious exercise.