The Italian job (2003 version)

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The Italian Job (2003)
Led by John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) and Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) a team is assembled for one last heist to steal $35 million in gold bars from a heavily guarded safe in Venice, Italy. After successfully pulling off the heist, a team member, Steve (Edward Norton), driven by greed and jealousy, arranges to take the gold for himself and eliminate the remaining members of the group. Thinking the team dead, he returns to L.A. with the gold. Charlie and the survivors of this betrayal follow Steve L.A. to exact revenge against the traitor. Charlie enlists the help of John Bridger’s daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron) – a professional safe cracker, to get revenge. With Stella and the hacking skills of Lyle (Seth Green), the explosives skills of “Left Ear” (Mos Def), and the driving skills of “Handsome” Rob (Jason Statham) this new team plans and executes a daring heist that weaves through the freeways and subways of L.A.
Exam 2:
Part 1: Chose two of the characters below and using the theories we have discussed in class trace their criminal decisions and involvement throughout the film. You should rely mostly on the theories discussed in the ppts for exam 2, however if you wish to include previous theories, you may do so.
Charlie Croker
Stella Bridger
John Bridger
Handsome Rob
Left Ear

Part 2: Discuss the final heist to reclaim the gold as it pertains to the ideas of spatial arrangement of attractive targets. How does this heist conform to the theories of spatial arrangement of attractive targets and how does it differ? Are the differences enough to weaken the theory as an explanation of the criminals? actions in the final heist?

Theories of crime and criminal behavior

?Criminal decision making is in two parts
?Long-term multistage decision to become generally involving criminal activity
?Criminal involvement decision
?Short-term more immediate decision
?Criminal event decision (Cornish and Clarke, 1986)
?Bounded rationality or limited rationality
?Alcohol, drugs, peer pressure or limited education/opportunity ( Newman, 1997)

Rational choice
Rational Choice
?Clarke and Cornish
?Experience and Learning
?Reactions to Chance
?Cohen and Felson, 1979
?Originated as a macro level explanation of predatory crime
?Originally examined changing patterns of employment and new criminal opportunities
?The behavior of victims explains the occurrence of crime
?Likely offender, civil target, absence of capable guardian
Routine activities
Routine Activities
?Cohen and Felson, Machalek –
?Motivated Offender
?Potential Victim
?Lack of Guardianship
?Introduction of handlers
?A handler is a person, a third-party, who can influence the behavior of the offender
?Someone who has influence over the likelihood of crime occurring
?Formal or informal

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