Hollywood remake borrows names and Minis but that's all

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Reborn In The USA

DIRECTED BY F Gary Gray

STARRING Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Donald Sutherland

Opens September 19, Cert 12A, 110 mins

First things first: this is not a remake of everyone’s favourite career-defining Michael Caine flick. Apart from a brief in-jokey DVD clip of Caine as Charlie Croker and the climactic appearance of a trio of modern Mini Coopers, it has absolutely nothing to do with the Troy Kennedy Martin-scripted original. Most of it doesn’t even take place in Italy.

So what is this curious heist flick?other than the waste of a rights payment for the title? Two hours of amiable, undemanding, brain-dead fun, that’s what.

The unfailingly plank-like Marky Mark plays 2003’s Charlie Croker, gifted prot