The concept behind the movie “The Art of the Steal” starring Kurt Russell sounds like a wacky combination too good to be true: a third rate motorcycle daredevil (a la Evel Knievel) who is also a semi-reformed art thief, decides to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft. Granted, it’s probably a small target audience that appreciates both Evel Knievel and fine art, but hey, I’m in that demographic, so let’s look into this further.
Problem #1: Kurt Russell’s character’s name is “Crunch Calhoun.” Can anyone really take a movie seriously if the main character’s name is “Crunch?”
Problem #2: It’s Kurt Russell … granted, I haven’t seen many Kurt Russell movies, but my perception is that he’s often in cheesy movies. Or at least the titles of some of his movies sure sound cheesy: “The Strongest Man in the World,” “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “Tango and Cash,” and “Big Trouble in Little China” are just a few of his gems.
One review says that it’s “not a must-watch, but it’s probably entertaining enough to merit a rental if you’ve got a rainy Tuesday evening to kill.” Even though that feedback should tell me not to waste my time, I’ll probably still watch it … here’s the trailer, decide for yourself: