Sunday, March 13, 2016

Inside Man (2006)

Director: Spike Lee

Writer: Russell Gewirtz

Composer: Terence Blanchard

Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Carlos Andres Gomez, Kim Director, James Ransone, Bernie Rachelle, Peter Gerety

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover.

Plot:  A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Neat flick with a great cast.  I dig a good heist movie and this is a good 'un.  Solid performances, pacing, editing, and all around great storytelling make this one a really fun ride.  It's weird seeing Dafoe not in a (or almost) leading role but I really dig the guy so I'll take all the Dafoe I can.  I like how calm Dalton (Owen) was and how every detail had been planned.  I also really dug how Frazier (Washington) got incredibly pissed to the point of almost hitting innocent hostages.  That was a welcome touch.  He didn't trust anyone and rightfully so.  The only thing that felt out of place was Frazier back at his apartment after it was over.  It felt tacked on and mostly pointless.  Still, it's a fun ride.  Try not to think too hard and allow yourself to be taken in for a couple of hours. The Universal DVD has a bunch of deleted scenes, a 10 minute making of featurette, 10 minutes with Lee and Washington on their four collaborations and a commentary track with Lee.

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