originally this list had a very specific focus- now it's basically just english-language action cinema post-matrix.
The Bank Job
Terry is a small-time car dealer trying to leave his shady past behind and start a family. Martine is a beautiful model from Terry's old neighbourhood who knows that Terry is no angel. When Martine proposes a foolproof plan to rob a bank, Terry recognises the danger but realises this may be the opportunity of a lifetime. As the resourceful band of thieves burrows its way into a safe-deposit vault at a Lloyds Bank, they quickly realise that, besides millions in riches, the boxes also contain secrets that implicate everyone from London's most notorious underworld gangsters to powerful government figures, and even the Royal Family. Although the heist makes headlines throughout Britain for several days, a government gag order eventually brings all reporting of the case to an immediate halt.
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…
Cor blimey, it's Fairbrass v Statham!
Of course, these days it's no contest. But back in the days when Craig Fairbrass was gracing films like Cliffhanger and, erm....Beyond Bedlam, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels wasn't quite a glint in Guy Ritchie's eye yet and Fairbrass would have gone over by a technical knockout. But how times have changed.
Indeed, it's easy to forget now that he is one of the most reliable action film stars around that Jason Statham is more than capable of leading a slightly less action-led film as well, and he proves that ably with The Bank Job. He's still in pretty safe territory here as it is…
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.
Dressed in early 1970s tweeds, Roger Donaldson's "The Bank Job" tells the true story of a bank heist with the goal of doing more than just stealing money. A vault full of incriminating items is the target in this stranger-than-fiction tale that looks good but never feels as if it gets off the ground. Starring Jason Statham, the film has its moments but lacks the narrative propulsion needed to make it anything beyond a serviceable diversion.
Statham plays Terry Leather a family man involved in a plot to knock off a bank. Little does Leather know, the plot has strings attached, and the robbery may involve more than he has been led to believe. The story works on paper, but…
(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.
This was an entertaining heist thriller. Jason Statham gave a great performance. The story was very interesting as it was based on a true story about a famous bank robbery in London that took place in the seventies. There were several plot twists that made the movie more entertaining. In The Bank Job the robbery is just the begginning as the plot thickens later on and the climax continues to grow all the way untill the exciting ending of the film. However the movie does fail at the beginning with a very slow start and unnecessary flashbacks that are used only in the first ten minutes of the movie and from that point on the action becomes linear. The movie…
Standard Statham fare...
If that's your bag, you'll dig it.
I used to be a bankrobber like you, then I took a hot air blower to the foot.
Disappointing for a Jason Statham film. Dull and ill-conceived.
It was a decent movie. It was inappropriate at some times - as in, unnecessary sex scenes taking place in ridiculous settings - but it was tolerable. So overall, it was a decent heist movie.
Not a huge Statham fan, and he didn't do anything in this to change my opinion of him. But the plot was interesting, especially since it's apparently a true story. It's unfair to purely fictional movies how much credit I give to movies based on stuff that actually happened.
Pues, oye, mira, entretenidísima, eh.
'the bank job'_first view_rubbish. excellent story. perfectly serviceable cast.
lighting straight from 'all my children'. directing straight from 'knot's landing'.
sense of detail straight from Detroit. a more lavish waste of material and
personnel does not come readily to mind. don't waste your time. if you
already have, wonder why you did. my lovely lovely observed that there
were 'a lot of titties' in the film. i concurred. it was not a plus.
oh, i forgot the good part - opening music was 'Bang a Gong'.
the rest was rubbish. pardon me.
Pretty fun, I guess. Canted angles. Gratuitous nudity. Double-breasted coats. *shrug*
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