Week six is time for the crime category. Due to its potential similarity with the thriller genre I'm going to…
The Bank Job
The true story of a heist gone wrong... in all the right ways.
Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.
The fact that this film was based on actual events is pretty hard to believe. Like everything today you have to wonder how much dramatic licence was given to make the story more commercially viable,how much is true, and how much is just bullshit.
A bank robbery back in 1971 is the cover for a government conspiracy and the recovery of some very embarrassing photographs of a member of the Royal Family. Princess Margaret would be a good guess as the Royal in question for her bohemian attitude and penchant for the West Indies and a little drinkie. Mixing in a few scandals of the day and some characters loosely based around the fringes of the times, it works fairly…
Wahey! A British film based on 100% TRUFAX!!
So Jason Statham vs Poirot in a battle over some photos of the Queen having sex with Malcolm X?
As I understand it...
Good fun though...loads of Cock-er-nee accents, a geeza with a 12 inch "mutton dagger" and some posh blokes getting whipped.
Not going to believe Statham having sex with some odd faced woman when his wife was Keeley Hawes though.
(Film 18 of Toby's Attempt At The December Project)
T-Rex's 'Get It On' plays over the opening credits and Jason Statham calls someone a wanker within the first five minutes. Did I mention his character's called Terry Leather? And that it's set in the 70s? Yeah, you can probably guess what kind of film this is going to be.
Sheer, bloody fun, that's what kind of film it is. If you just want to see nearly every seventies British gangster movie plot rolled into one with some decent one-liners added in as well, you could do a whole lot worse.
Based on the true story of one of the biggest robberies in Britain--the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery--but if I gave you the rundown of the plot you'd probably believe I gave you the basic rundown of a Guy Ritchie movie. Add the 70's flavor, including a wannabe British Malcolm X-thug, bent coppers, politicians in sex scandals, a wildly shagging Royal Princess caught in photos used for blackmail, a porn-king, and then of course our own motley crew of half-amateur robbers--lead by Ritchie-regular Jason Statham--brought together for THE big score by a chick they know from their early years... and I haven't even mentioned the 70s tits, the lovely slang, the MI-5 interest and whatnot.
It's got a more serious…
No cambiará la vida de nadie, pero es una más que competente película de robo a un banco. recomendable para Stathamliebers.
Some terrible dialogue and acting, but a decent heist. Extra star for being based on real events.
Loved this movie in the theater and see it when I can when it is on TV. I can't endorse a four, but maybe a 3.75?
A heist, the 1970s, espionage, politics, (loosely) based on historical events, and Jason Statham are all some of my favorite elements, so how could I resist? The answer is that I couldn't!
In a Nutshell Review: It's good enough, just not as good as the film thinks it is.
I`m a big fan of Statham, but this movie is kind of different and based on a true history in the 70s England (one era I wanted to live), so taht made it for me, I really like it!
A wonderful heist film! All the things you want in a movie like this: tense drama, interesting characters, unexpected complications and of course - more behind the scenes than the robbers expect!
Many of the reviews here seem very negative toward the film, but many of them seem concerned about the "based on the true story" part. I just looked at it as a caper film and really enjoyed it.
If you are not familiar with it, give it a try, but don't get hung up on verifying the facts on Wikipedia. If you like things like Inside Man or Asphalt Jungle, you'll like this one.
The story of the Baker Street bank robbery is perfect for an exciting thriller. The poster of this movie was a 1970s-style throwback look. These are the surefire appeals of The Bank Job. Unfortunately, it's treated with the most washed-up commercial attitude, pandering to the horniest, most easily dazzled of the 18-25 male target audience, rushing through itself, leaving no time to gather all the pieces of itself it leaves behind along the way. Where is it rushing? To the bank, duh.
Meh. I like a bit of Jason Statham but this is not his best work. Give me Crank any day.
I enjoy good films. I enjoy bad films. Dull films are a killer, and The Bank Job is a very dull film. It is a stilted, period Cockney geezer film that is shot with a competent precision, but it is without almost any interesting facet. Jason Statham tries his best, and I keep watching his films, but he really has a patchy, patchy track record.
An unusual Jason Statham film, more a throwback to his early career than his modern action hero persona. It's a heist movie but the added political intrigue, espionage double dealing, corrupt coppers, porn kings and period flavour make it stand out. There's nothing particularly exceptional about the film but everyone gives solid performances and deliver a thoroughly entertaining film.
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