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.
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.
This tale of a 70's heist is apparently 'based on a true story', and the attention to detail is really quite good.
The main problem is with The Stratham. Removed from his usual comfort zone he seems almost incongruous. I kept waiting for him to hit someone and when the moment comes it feels painfully forced. Plus his acting chops don't quite cut it against some of the talent on show.
Still, its an enjoyable little caper movie with some interesting moments.
For some reason, I was originally under the impression this was going to be another PG-13 flick, so color me a confused but delighted Canadian when I saw it was indeed R and the first image to greet my disreputable eyeballs onscreen was that of a topless girl frolicking in a tropical paradise. From there I was sold (cheaply, of course - I'm Canadian, remember), even if I've seen this type of caper flick numerous times before. Director Roger Donaldson does the routine well, though, and with a dapper group of cheeky gents led by the uber-badass Jason Statham and the super sexy Saffron Burrows, the ride was gritty, violent and appositely twist-laden. It sports a stylish '70's groove and…
Filma balstīta uz patiesiem notikumiem (korupcija, kompromāti, bankas aplaupīšana un netīrās spēlītes augstā līmenī) un tāpēc nav tik "ekšenīga" kā parastās Stethema filmas. Pēc sižeta spriežot, dzīvē tiešām reizēm notiek kā filmās. Filmas mīnuss - gara un pa vidam sāk kļūt garlaicīgi. Vēlams uzlikt fonā, darot kādus mājas darbus. Tomēr kopumā interesanta un bija vērts skatīties.
Either too classy or not classy enough.
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