All crime flicks listed here: small films, foreign language imports, high-profile flops or victims of unjust critical dismissal. Some were…
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…
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…
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…
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.
At times we'll come across a viewing in which the story itself is strong enough to overcome some mishandlings within. Fortunately for the viewer, such is very much the case here.
The story itself focuses on a group of heisters preparing and ultimately partaking in the score of a lifetime. Unfortunately for them, the bank is home to some sensitive materials involving people that will stop at nothing to make sure the information remains hidden. Let the games begin, plain and simple.
What does work here, and it works to great extent, is the handling of the story. The story itself is strong enough to stand on its own, and thankfully it seems the filmmakers are aware of this fact.…
Solid little heist flick that plays more like a spy thriller as it nears its conclusion...and it is well done for the most part. For me, any time that Statham is on the screen it's worth a watch. I just like the guy in damn near everything he does. This isn't his normal action hero or badass baddie persona, but he still carries the flick.
Bit of a right knees up, this one. Statham is a propa nawty guv'nor. Good fictionalised take on the past, didn't feel bored. Not bad for a quid!
Needed more action.
It's a heist movie. Who doesn't love a heist movie?
Solid Statham escapades that really push for the R-rated 70's aesthetic, complete with tweed overcoats, a bespectacled Mick Jagger cameo, and BUSH! Does every Statham crime film have it in the contract to involve his shop getting smashed by crooks? Fun for a lark, not sure if worth rewatching.
Eh, I just did not care.
I have no idea how true the events of this film actually are, but it makes for a pretty great story.
This film could've just been your standard heist film. However, it somehow rises above that to be an intriguing, beautifully-paced espionage thriller. I won't say it's an amazing movie. However, it rises far above the ranks of other similar movies to become a truly engaging, deep film (probably due to its status as a true story). Definitely worth a watch and possibly a rewatch down the road.
Stolen from Graham J
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