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A Wild Ride
By Chad C., Grade 12, Fredericton High, Fredericton, NB

Gone in Sixty Seconds
Dominic Sena

"Gone in Sixty Seconds" is a remake of the 1976 version. Director Dominic Sena (Swordfish) didnít let his audience down in this Touchstone Pictures & Jerry Buckheimers film.

"Gone in Sixty Seconds" is a movie that makes you remember to lock your doors when you leave your car.

Randall "Memphis" Raines (Nicholas Cage) is a retired car booster living out in sticks, pumping gas, living it easy. Until one day an old friend comes for a visit to tell him about the kind of trouble his younger brother Kip Raines (Giovanni Ribisi) has gotten into.

Kip, following in his older brothers footsteps, became a car booster and messed up really badly and now has 72 hours left to steal 50 cars. So with help from his bigger brother and some old friends try to pull one of the biggest car stints in history. They wait and scout all their cars and try to boost all 50 cars in 24 hours.

But like every good guy bad guy movie the police know about their little stint and try to catch the notorious Memphis Raines and save all fifty cars from leaving the country.

Starting off with a bang we see Memphis and his crew steal cars like Porsche, Lamborghini's and 4 clamed unstealable Mercedes.

With the cops not knowing where to find them or the cars they are stealing use an ex-con to tell them a delivery date. Knowing this they go back to Kip's warehouse and stumble upon the list of cars. Knowing that most are stolen they decide to focus on the 4 Mercedes.

So with a cop watching the Mercedes like a hawk Memphis sees that he can't steal them without being caught so he and his crew decide to steal the cars, his brother had from the first boost, from the police impound.

So after a little distraction they cut down the fence and steal the cars going unnoticed. So now they have 49 cars, and roughly 1 hour left.

So this leaves us to see the unforgettable 1967 Shelby GT 500. This is a beautiful car and even I don't know much about cars.

So as Memphis gets in to steal the last car the police see him just as he starts to put it in gear. So of course the big chase happens. With none-stop stunts and never knowing what's going to be in the chase next it does keep you entertained. We see everything from driving down a street backwards to a car getting put through a brick wall.

But as Memphis seems to escape the police after a daring leap over an ambulance, from the help of a titled bed a tow truck, we see that he's too late! He didn't make the 8 am deadline.

So now Memphis is danger. The mob boss, who made Memphis leave retirement, wants him dead now to make up for the fumble. So he tries to kill him as the police find there way to this junkyard warehouse. So Memphis finds some shelter from gunshots but one of the police is now facing the evil madman face to face with a gun pointed to his head.

Without hesitation Memphis then jumps to the police's rescue, knocking the mob boss to his death. Here the cop faces the dilemma of letting him go for saving his life and he does.

So after all is said and done Memphis's brother bought him a old rusted 1967 Shelby GT 500. So with a little elbow grease we know that it will look great eventually.

This movie is full of great actors such as Nicholas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi and the stimulating Angelina Jolie; really make this movie come together.

There were not many special effects in this movie, which made it good. Instead of seeing the driving done on a green screen they actually hooked the cars up with many different cameras to beat the green screen effects.

So from 0-60 in 2.87 seconds this was a great movie that holds you in until the last car makes it's way to the shipyard.


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