8:15 PM, 28th October, 1999
Entrapment proves that a thoroughly unbelievable plot can still be enjoyable when provided with enough sexual tension, action and adventure. Although it has been criticised for the pairing of 69 year old Sean Connery with Catherine Zeta Jones who is 40 years his junior, the lead actors are really all that holds the film together.
Connery plays an aging 'Mac' MacDougal, still considered the world's greatest and most daring art thief. Jones is Virginia, an insurance investigator who sets an elaborate trap to catch him. Neither of the characters is quite what they seem. Audacious thefts, death-defying stunts, profiting from the Y2K bug and international adventure with Jones in a tight leather bodysuit follow. What else do you need?
Although far from being great cinema, Entrapment knows its limitations and works within them. The wary relationship between the two principals is touching-Mac is far too canny to be a foolish old man chasing a younger woman, yet Connery plays him with a distinct wistfulness for what might have been. His ability to make the frivolous script work on an emotional level and Jones' fire and humour result in a better film than we have a right to expect.