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.
This one really surprised me. I wasn't expecting much from a crime caper led by Jason Statham but something about The Bank Job was just a lot of fun to watch.
Interesting period film reportedly based on true events (which I can't comment on seeing as I knew nothing about them), which includes a great ensemble of characters and thrills.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Heist FIlms: August 2014
Convoluted, overstuffed, and overlong, running 90 of it's 111 minutes before Statham kicks a single ass.
Not without it's charms, but not without it's share of grim violence for a film that wants to have it's comic caper cake and eat it too. The Bank Job fleshes out it's fascinating true-story heist plot with a mix-and-match assortment of conspiracy theories about some rather sordid historical figures. John Lennon skirts around the edges of the Michael X plotline, as he did in life, but thankfully we aren't subjected to any vocal impressions. We also get an extended cinematic quote from Michael Mann's Thief.
Overall a solid and slick effort, that's not as fun as it sets out to be, and gets downright ugly at times.
Pankkiryöstö klassisella tunnelitekniikalla. Jälkiseurauksissa riittää puitavaa.
Tositapahtumiin perustuva Heist -filkka ‘70 -luvun Briteistä. Semisti sekava loppupuolisko.
brilliant movie, very good story line
When it comes to watching films on a hangover day, few movies can match a Jason Statham flick. Although for the most part this is rather a film with Statham than a true Statham flick this movie is well thought of and nicely executed, does not get you bored throughout it duration and most importantly it does not promise what it cannot offer.
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.
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