Picks and Pans Review: The Italian Job

updated 06/09/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/09/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron

Just when it seemed that Wahlberg was making a career out of starring in crummy remakes of classics (think Planet of the Apes and The Truth About Charlie, which was a redo of 1963's Charade), he breaks the jinx with this entertaining if unremarkable heist film, a snazzily updated version of a 1969 movie starring Michael Caine. But playing a thief bent on revenge against a fellow crook (Edward Norton) who double-crossed him, Wahlberg is the weak link in an otherwise solid ensemble cast. He remains curiously impassive throughout, as if he never quite connects with the character he's playing. A salami shows more emotion. (PG-13) --L.R.

BOTTOM LINE: A Job fairly well done

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