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