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Entrapment

Entrapment movie poster
Directed by Jon Amiel
Produced by Sean Connery
Michael Hertzberg
Rhonda Tollefson
Written by Ronald Bass
William Broyles Jr.
Don Macpherson
Starring Sean Connery
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Will Patton
Maury Chaykin
and Ving Rhames
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Phil Meheux
Editing by Terry Rawlings
Studio Regency Enterprises
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) Malaysia April 29, 1999
United States April 30, 1999
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $66,000,000 US
Gross revenue $212,404,396 (worldwide) [1]

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film, directed by Jon Amiel, starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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Plot summary

Virginia "Gin" Baker (Zeta-Jones) is an investigator for Waverly Insurance. Robert "Mac" MacDougal (Connery) is an international art thief. A priceless Rembrandt painting is stolen from an office one night. Gin is sent to investigate Mac as the chief suspect. She tries to entrap him with a proposition, claiming that she is a thief herself. She promises that she will help him steal a priceless Chinese mask from the well-guarded Bedford Palace. They travel to Scotland and plan the complicated theft at Mac's hideout: an isolated castle. While Mac is busy making final preparations, Gin contacts her boss, Hector Cruz (Patton), and informs him of Mac's whereabouts. Little does she know that the island is bugged, allowing Mac to eavesdrop on their conversation.

After they complete the theft, Mac accuses Gin of planning to sell the mask to a buyer in Kuala Lumpur and then turn him in. Gin convinces him that her insurance agency job is a cover, and that she has planned an even bigger heist in Kuala Lumpur: $8 billion from the International Clearance Bank in the Petronas Towers. After having orchestrated the theft to take place in the final seconds of the New Millennium countdown, Gin and Mac escape via hanging Christmas lights and get to a ventilation shaft. Gin lost her parachute in the escape, so Mac gives her his. He tells her to meet him the next morning at the Pudu train station.

Gin arrives at the station waiting for Mac. He shows up late with Cruz and the FBI. He explains that the FBI has been looking for her for some time. When he was caught, Mac made a deal to help the agency arrest Gin. However, the aging thief has another plan: to let her go. Mac slips Gin a gun and she holds Mac hostage, threatening to shoot him if the agents follow her. She boards a train and the FBI heads to the next station. Gin jumps trains mid-station and arrives back at Pudu. She tells Mac that she needs him for another job and they both board a train.

Filming locations

Duart Castle, the location of MacDougal's hideout.
The Petronas Twin Towers was where the final heist took place.
Bukit Jalil LRT station on the Ampang line, where the final scene took place. The signs were changed to read Pudu LRT station.

Filming locations for the film include:

Note: The set for the Petronas Towers was built on Pinewood Studios

Critical reaction

The film opened to mixed or average reviews[2] as described by Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes lists the film as receiving only 38% positive reviews.[3] Critics focused on a scene where Zeta-Jones worms around a net of laser beams. The camera lingers on her buttocks through much of the scene. Critic Scott Weinberg said "OK, if you own a TV then you've seen that scene. You know the one. It's when Catherine Zeta-Jones squirms her beautiful rear down onto the floor to avoid a laser alarm system. It's shown on the commercial, the preview and in the movie itself like 7 times. The challenge is this: Build a movie around it."[4] The laser scene was choreographed by Paul Harris, who also choreographed the wand to wand combat sequences in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Other critics such as The New York Times,[5] New York Magazine,[6] the Chicago Sun-Times,[7] Variety,[8] and Desson Howe/Thomson of the Washington Post[9] praised the film.

The film was a box office success, grossing over $87 million in the US.

The film was screened out of competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.[10]

Malaysian reaction

Complaints arose that the movie depicted Malaysia as a backwards country and was misportrayed. The controversy arose from one scene in particular, where a shanty town in Malacca was superimposed over a tilt shot of the then recently constructed Petronas Twin Towers.

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