Film / Entrapment

Entrapment is a 1999 action-thriller starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones and directed by Jon Amiel.

Zeta-Jones stars as Gin, an investigator working for an insurance company. She's hot on the trail of renowned international art thief Mac (Connery), and attempts to trick him into thinking she is herself a thief, and that she wants to team up with him. Together, they embark on the biggest heist ever: stealing $8 billion from the International Clearance Bank, which happens to be housed in the then-tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers.

It is generally most famous for the Laser Hallway sequence which Zeta-Jones navigates in an exemplar of She-Fu.

This film contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Gin is a Classy Cat-Burglar who can hold her own in a fight.
  • Black Best Friend: Mac's sidekick is played by Ving Rhames.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Inverted. Mac gets evidence of Gin helping him, and subtly suggests that she get with the program.
    Gin: This is entrapment!
    Mac: No, this is blackmail. Entrapment is what cops do to thieves.
    • He's kind of right; "In criminal law, entrapment is a practice whereby a law enforcement agent induces a person to commit a criminal offence that the person would have otherwise been unlikely to commit." Mac was retired when the movie began, all the evidence years cold. The only way the police could arrest him was if they caught him in the act of committing another crime - so they sent Gin to sucker him into it. However, it's twisted in knots by the end; Gin actually is a thief, and Mac actually is entrapping her, as he's working with the FBI the whole time.
  • Camera Spoofing: Mac and Gin pause the security camera footage so they can travel in an elevator unnoticed, but it doesn't work for long. The building's security are a little stumped for why an elevator would be moving when the camera shows nobody inside. Then Gin's boss points out that the timestamp on the camera is static.
  • The Caper: Mac plans to steal $8 billion from the International Clearance Bank in the North Tower of the Petronas Towers.
  • Chekhov's Exhibit: The Chinese mask, which becomes the subject of Gin's trial theft.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Gin, complete with a Spy Catsuit and natural cat grin.
  • Dating Catwoman: Gender flipped: Mac is the Catwoman-equivalent, though Gin really is on his side, though at the outset the cops thought she was one of them - or so the cops let her believe...
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: With the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, of course. Contrary to the film's depiction, the towers are not anywhere close to the Malacca river.
  • Fanservice: See above, and also Mac finding Gin naked in her hotel room, and Gin initially making no effort to cover up.
  • Femme Fatale: "Has there ever been a man you couldn't seduce?" "No."
  • Gambit Pileup: Whew! The final scene, in which everyone's conflicting agendas come out; Initially, Gin appeared to be an FBI agent investigating Mac, who Mac blackmailed into helping him. Then she revealed she's really a thief, trying to get Mac's help with a the biggest heist in history: eight billion dollars. Except it turns out that the FBI knew the whole time, but couldn't convict her of a crime she hadn't committed yet - but Mac made a deal with the FBI; immunity for his past crimes in exchange for capturing her. However, he turns on the FBI at the last second, and The Adventure Continues as Gin is already planning a diamond heist...
  • Gentleman Thief: Mac embodies this, even living in a Scottish castle.
  • Hollywood Atlas: Google the location of Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. You can't see the Malacca River from the towers.
  • The Infiltration: Gin pretends to be a thief in order to catch Mac. though in reality Gin actually is a thief and Mac is working with the FBI to catch her.
  • Laser Hallway: The most famous scene in the movie involves Gin negotiating her way through one.
  • Literal Cliffhanger: Mac and Gin dangle from the Petronas Twin Towers' skybridge.
  • Male Gaze: In a rather infamous example, the single best-known thing about this movie is that it includes a close-up shot of Catherine Zeta-Jones' butt as she squeezes under a laser tripwire.
  • May–December Romance: Sean Connery is 39 years older than Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • National Stereotypes: The reason it was banned in Malaysia. The film shows Gin and Mac's base of operations in some sort of rural slum that somehow has a brilliant view of the twin towers. To be that close, their ramshackle yurt must have been built atop one of the many affluent skyscrapers and five star hotels.
  • Model Planning: Mac uses models to explain the Petronas Towers job to Gin.
  • Sequel Hook: Gin tells Mac she needs him "for another job". 18 years on though, no sequel in sight. And Sean Connery retired from acting in 2003.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Gin's evening gown, and also when she is seen from behind as she sits naked in her bed.
  • Spy Catsuit: Gin wears one when braking into buildings, including the famous Laser Hallway sequence.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Used often by Mac (and later Gin). Played with at least once when Mac disapears for several seconds before appearing somewhere else, panting because he ran the whole way.
  • Turn of the Millennium: The heist takes place on New Year's Eve of 1999-2000.
  • Vehicle Vanish: Done with light rail trains in the closing scene of the movie.