One industryite at Touchstone’s “Gone in 60 Seconds” National Theater preem Monday described the pic’s genre as “a criminal ensemble Bruckheimer movie.” Another compared it to ” ‘American Graffiti’ if they stole the cars.” Still another said the category’s roots stretch back to “The Dirty Dozen,” making it a “bad-guys-in-service-of-a-good-thing movie.”
Certainly smoked-filled wet streets flanked by geysers of flame, swooping helicopter shots, an earthquake’s-worth of shattered glass and a clock counting down to an unmissable deadline are elements filmgoers have come to expect from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. (The dog on Ex-Lax would be something new.) For his part, Bruckheimer views the film as being “about the relationship between two brothers.” And while calling “60 Seconds” a “relationship film” might seem a stretch, the producer makes the case “that the relationship is the core of the movie. Without that, it’s just a bunch of explosions and car chases. You need that underpinning of emotion and humanity amongst men.”
Amongst the humanity at the Petersen Auto Museum after-party were Disney’s Michael Eisner, Dick Cook, Nina Jacobson and Bob Iger; director Dominic Sena; stars Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, Giovanni Ribisi and Delroy Lindo; plus guests Robert Towne, Juliette Lewis, Joel Silver, Jay Polstein, Steve Stabler, Nigel Sinclair, Michael Bay and Lee Iacocca, who mentioned this showbiz link: he gets a roughly $300 per-month pension from SAG, the result of 61 Chrysler commercials (“some good, some bad”) made over 15 years.