Recently I managed to watch both the original 1974 version of Gone in 60 Seconds and the modern Nicolas Cage version of the film. Now although many people think Nick Cage is a terrible actor, he is nothing compared to the original’s H.B. Halicki he is 100 times worse than the plank of wood Cage is. Then we come onto the story line in the modern Gone in 60 Seconds the storyline is at best average, but again compared to the original at least it has a story line for the first half an hour I had no idea who the main characters were or even what the hell was going on.
The whole point of Gone in 60 seconds is the stealing of 50 cars, or 48 in the original now in the original we see the main characters (at least I think they were the main characters) steal about 6 or 7 cars and the Mach 1 Mustang at the end of the film. This is not enough we see no planning going into the thefts just the theft itself. In the modern 60 Seconds we see a substantial amount of planning going into each car theft, which makes each car theft more exciting.
My final problem is the cars themselves in the original they use the Mustang Mach 1 this car is used in a chase that’s over 40 minutes long (too long waaay too long) this mustang is one of the few that’s really ugly and not quick enough. The Mustang used in the Cage version is Shelby Mustang GT500 this is how car films should be. Big angry muscle car that’s great looking in an average length car chase will make a film.
My advice if your thinking of watching the original DON’T it will merely spoil the much better Nick Cage version. But the original is a lesson to film makers, don’t make a car chase that’s 40 minutes long in which nothing really happens.