Excerpt: I've never actually gotten around to seeing the original '69 spin on The Italian Job with Michael Caine, so I don't have any soft focus, Seasons-in-the-Sun memories to betray. Even though I have no idea how it stacks up against the original and can't spout off the obligatory "hey, Hollywood! Stop remaking stuff!" introduction you've come to know and love from unimaginative DVD reviewers, I'm a fan of this 2003 retread. The Italian Job opens in...hey, Italy!
Excerpt: Michael Caine is the coolest. Let us just get that out of the way before we dig in. Yes, Italian Job is a remake, yes the original starred Michael Caine, yes it was good, he was good, this isn?t a replacement? whatever. Don?t send me any e-mails. I don?t care. This version ain?t the original, but it?s a nice pile of fun in its own right, even if it probably is just another movie that really didn?t need to be remade. But anyway, lets just ignore the original and focus.