The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

DailyView: Day 189, Movie 271

A remake of a 1968 film brings together Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in a romance/heist movie which updates the movie called The Thomas Crown Affair.

Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) was a bored billionaire who amused himself by stealing priceless art just for the challenge. When insurance investigator and art “bounty hunter” Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) joined the case, Crown found a greater challenge than art thievery.

The cat and mouse game between Thomas and Catherine played out in the foreground of the police investigation into the theft of a classic Monet painting. The chemistry between them is apparent and both Brosnan and Russo are tremendous.

If the relationship between Thomas and Catherine does not work, this movie flops big time, but they work extremely well. I did think at first that the relationship was a bit forced, but it developed quickly. It was clear that she was playing him while he was playing her and that the two characters were very much alike.

Denis Leary and Frankie Faison played police detectives and they are great too. They interact with Russo in a fun and engaging way. They both understood what was happening and just going along with her in an attempt to catch Crown.

Faye Dunaway appears as Thomas Crown’s psychiatrist. Dunaway starred in the original The Thomas Crown Affair so adding her was an intriguing casting choice.

This was a lot of fun and enjoyable. Two attractive and engaging actors playing characters that are trying to find the ability to trust one another and to make their relationship work.

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