Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Directed by John McTiernan
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Faye Dunaway, Ben GAzzara, Frankie Faison, Mark Margolis

I love this 1999 remake. When this came out, it had been a good while since an original heist film had been seen on the silver screen. Don't get me wrong, Heat for instance is a legendary classic, but it is a very traditional and linear film, whereas The Thomas Crown Affair treats the heist with style and intelligence, but is mainly about the relationship between the two leading and rival characters played here by Brosnan and Russo and in the original from 1968 by Steve McQueen and Dunaway who plays a supporting role here.

 Thomas Crown is a brilliant business man with an empire built around him, but he lacks the one thing money can't seem to buy: true excitement and rush. He steals a priceless painting in broad daylight, but arranges it so brilliantly that he doesn't get caught and isn't even a suspect afterwards. Russo's Catherine Banning is the insurance detective who comes on the case, but her and Crown's relationship deepens as they start a cat and mouse hunt and play off of each other with a flirt.

 Brosnan's and Russo's chemistry works wonderfully and McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard) does wonders with the look of the piece with his trademark tracking shots and beautifully lit backgrounds. This is still his last great film to date since what has followed in a little over a decade has been horrible junk such as Basic and the pointless remake of Rollerball. The new Thomas Crown Affair could rightfully be described as the Ocean's Eleven of the art world.. that's how stylish and smooth it is.

Tämä vuoden 1999 uusintaversio Seikkailija Thomas Crownista on tyylikäs ja näyttävä todiste siitä etteivät uudet tuulet vanhoissa purjeissa ole aina huono asia. Brosnanin ja Russon kemiat pelaavat yhteen upeasti ja ohjaaja McTiernan ei enää ole tähän mennessä pystynyt parempaan. Seikkailija Thomas Crown on kaikin puolin verrattavissa Steven Soderberghin näkemykseen Ocean's Elevenistä.. molemmat leffat päivittivät materiaalinsa tyylikkäästi ja kunnialla.

The Thomas Crown Affair at IMDb