8:00 PM, 22nd March, 2000
Self-made billionaire Thomas Crown (Brosnan) has everything he could want or need and more, but does that satisfy him? Noooo, so he has a hobby that puts some excitement into his over-abundant lifestyle - stealing priceless works of art. The aesthetic and monetary aspects are not the aim, the thrill of the heist is. Only one person suspects him - insurance investigator Catherine Banning (Russo). When a Monet disappears, she begins hunting him in order to get the painting back. Things get complicated when she falls for her target, and he seems more than interested in her too. It becomes a question of who's fooling whom, and of whether love or justice will win.
This film is a very different movie to the 1968 original with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It is very stylish, suspenseful and dynamic with a cool jazz soundtrack, but Brosnan's Thomas Crown is closer to Bond than to McQueen's. Russo is an excellent choice as Banning, battling wills and cunning with Crown, and the film creates great sexual tension between the pair, and also between Russo and Leary, who plays a police detective. The return of Dunaway as Crown's psychiatrist was a nice 90's touch. The sex is a bit much, but there's plenty of good entertainment and thrills.