I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't know this movie, but you know that roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland called "Backlot Stunt Coaster"? This movie was the inspiration, originally called The Italian Job if you look back. It got changed after Paramount Pictures separated with the park and they and to change it otherwise it would cost money. At least they didn't change the vehicles.
Anyway, The Italian Job is not just a heist. It is just a heist at first, the gang in Venice, Italy, stealing over thirty million dollars in gold, not just by breaking and entering, but by using math, paint, and handmade bombs to smoothly get the safe into their hands. They made a fake safe to divert the owners, they bribe garbage men to steer the chasing boat off course, and they use skills of feel and hearing to figure out the code of the safe, right under the noses of the police. After all the inventiveness of this plan, you might wish it was true, knowing some people have sophisticated revenge stories rather than just throwing two planes on the Two Towers.
Now, they didn't steal for revenge at first; they did it for fun. They end up betrayed and their mentor is killed. He attempted to kill them and now he thinks they're dead. No way you can let something like that slide. A year later, they have found him whizzing through his dough. Now they must calculate the distances and security necessary to bypass after they make the heist, now with the help of the grieving daughter of their mentor.
It's true, if I was a part of the team, and got a share of gold, I'd have some fun with it, but like Mark Wahlberg says, it's not about the gold. There are two kinds of thieves in this world: thieves that steal to enrich their lives, and thieves that steal to define their lives. There are two heists in this film, one of each, both inventive and astonishingly exhilarating. Of the team, there's the planner Charlie, the wise guy Handsome Rob, the safe cracking Stella, the hacker Lyle, who is said to be the real inventor of Napster, and Left Ear, the best bomber in the business. Each of these people uses their abilities to the limit, having so much fun and excitement while feeling accomplished. The end result of the heist has everything planned perfectly and imaginatively. There are a few wrinkles that the team goes through which they pull through. They've been pending a sequel called "The Brazilian Job" for the past ten years, and it's tragic that they may not ever do it.
In conclusion, if anyone ever asked me what my favourite movie was, ever, it would be "The Italian Job" starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by F. Gary Gray.