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…
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.
(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.…
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…
Fun thriller. I thought the spin on the bank robbery story was interesting in that it dealt more with what happens afterward rather than the planning stage, but I prefer the planning and execution, which is why this will never rank higher than the Ocean's trilogy for me.
I have learned two things from watching The Bank Job and The November Man:
1) Roger Donaldson, a man who appears to dislike people who do not look like Roger Donaldson, and I would not get along
2) I do not like Roger Donaldson's films
Better than expected. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
An average heist film that turns into a pretty great "after the heist" movie. Good performances from all involved.
Malcolm X meets inside man but not as good as either
It loses a bit of its grip once the Bank part of the bank job is iver. For the most part though, a solid, boilerplate take on the heist genre that hits all notes necessary for comfortable afternoon viewing.
The Bank Job has all the makings of a sexy, top-of-its-game heist thriller. But the end result is muddled and diluted.
Sex is around every corner in The Bank Job. It drives the plot, it colors characters interactions with one another, and is built into the characters histories. The Bank Job is sex-filled but not very sexy. It becomes more window dressing than anything else. Women are shown in various states of undress, but all sex except for the Margaret-plot lacks any real life passion.
The fallout from their crime comes swift for all of the players in the movie but doesn't hold the weight that it should. Some parts are brutal or tense, others are trite and half-baked. The…
It was okay.
Intelligent, fascinating stuff. Pretty straight as opposed to stylish. And a little more humour might've balanced the doses of brutality. But a great heist yarn.
What do you call someone with square tits? Blockbusters.
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