Bank Job

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Product Overview

Based on a true story of a heist gone wrong.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 208072458
UPC 031398236108
UPC 14 00031398236108
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
1970s
Action
Conspiracies
Corruption
Crime
Heists
London, England
Scandal
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note "Some names have been changed to protect the guilty." Such is the cheeky spirit of THE BANK JOB, a solidly entertaining British heist film based on England's famous walkie-talkie bank job. The year is 1971 and Michael X--emerging black activist and budding crime lord--has British authorities over a barrel after he gets hold of sexually incriminating photos of royal Princess Margaret. Desperate to recover the photos, the government pressures troubled model Martine Love (Saffron Burrows) to recruit a team and steal the bank safety deposit box containing the photos. Martine promptly enlists small-time con man and old flame Terry Leather (Jason Statham), luring him and his crew with the promise of millions. But also in their loot is a ledger detailing payoffs made to crooked cops by reputed gangster Porn King Vogel (David Suchet). Leather and mates soon find themselves on the run from both the British spy community and the ruthless British underworld, needing to stay one step ahead if they are to stay alive. Veteran director Roger Donaldson (THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN, NO WAY OUT) deftly juggles the shifting intricacies and loyalties of THE BANK JOB's plot, balancing backroom politics with bank caper humor and cringe-inducing criminal brutality. Statham (LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS) is excellent as the petty criminal who finds himself in over his head, and who will need some quick thinking and a whole lot of guts to protect his friends and family. Briskly paced and lively in its handling of some serious intrigue, THE BANK JOB is an enjoyable entry in the bank robbery genre.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "Roger Donaldson's crime drama does a sterling job of recreating the London of the early 1970s....Vivid and often entertaining..." 03/01/2008 p.55
New York Times "The workmanlike title THE BANK JOB is a nice fit for this wham-bam caper flick....Efficiently directed....It fancifully revisits the mysterious whos and speculative hows of a 1971 London vault cleanout..." 03/07/2008
USA Today "Well-paced, smartly told and unpretentious, this solid British heist thriller also has moments of invention and imagination." 03/07/2008
Los Angeles Times "[The film] earns its distinctiveness from an almost ridiculous series of fortuitous mishaps that befall our criminal 'heroes'....The real fun comes as nearly every genre convention unravels in one clever way or another." 03/07/2008
Entertainment Weekly "One of the pleasures of THE BANK JOB is that it returns us to the days when robbing a bank was a gritty, hole-in-the-wall affair....Watching THE BANK JOB, you buy the heist, and you also buy the entertaining layer cake of British society..." -- Grade: A- 03/14/2008 p.59
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] juicy, fact-based caper movie that's full of surprises....Director Roger Donaldson keeps the suspense crackling." 03/20/2008 p.68
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Donaldson] manages to maintain a distinctive '70s look, with sudden zooms and grimy colours....A tough British crime movie to be proud of..." 08/01/2008 p.148
Premiere 3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]xpertly directed....[The film] settles into a linear, engaging, suspenseful groove....One of the things that makes the picture work is its unusual setup." 03/07/2008
Directors
Roger Donaldson
Actors
Jason Statham
Cast & Crew
Keeley Hawes - Star
Jason Statham - Star
David Suchet - Star
Saffron Burrows - Star
Stephen Campbell Moore - Star
Charles Roven - Producer
Ian La Frenais - Screenwriter
Mick Coulter - Director of Photography
Steven Chasman - Producer
J. Peter Robinson - Composer
Dick Clement - Screenwriter
Roger Donaldson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 23610
UPC 00031398236108
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Based on some unspeakable, super-classified bank robbery that took place in 1971 London, the investigation of which yielded no recovered money nor any arrests, Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job throttles its engines and tosses in just enough criminals to keep the viewers' minds away from the fact that it's still just another heist flick with a cockney accent and a taste for pints...The whole mess breaks out when political revolutionary Michael X (Peter De Jersey) snaps some shots of Princess Margaret getting double-teamed by two young men on a secluded island. Michael, who's a pimp and a gangster, places this get-out-of-jail-free card in a safety deposit box at Lloyd's Bank on Baker Street...Donaldson, a capable director though not a very interesting one, seems to think that a few music cues, posters, and mod garb and grooming constitute a time period but his dullest knife is his inability to muster any riveting material within this rigid framework. For a story that was so blasphemous that it required a gag order for all government employees, The Bank Job plays out with preposterous conventionality: T. Rex's "Bang A Gong" opens the thing, for God's sake. Donaldson's film, about a dangerous crime during a tumultuous time period, suffers from a filmmaker utterly uninterested with dangerous filmmaking.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Chris Cabin
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Bank Job is a heist movie in the classic tradition - it details every aspect of the caper, from its genesis to its aftermath. The fact that there's political intrigue and espionage swirling around the edges only makes it more fascinating. Director Roger Donaldson, whose resume includes films as diverse as Dante's Peak and The World's Fastest Indian, keeps the pace at a high level so even the "down" moments are driven forward by the film's momentum. And, unlike some crime movies that become so fixated on the plot that everything else gets lost in the mix, Donaldson and his screenwriters take the time to develop the characters...Much as I enjoyed Stephen Soderbergh's Oceans trilogy (more for the camaraderie and chemistry of the actors/characters than for the plots), The Bank Job illustrates how much more richness there can be in a heist movie when layers are fabricated into the story and the narrative extends beyond the central caper. When this movie ends, the viewer feels as if he has seen an entire tale unfold rather than merely having been granted the chance to peer through a window at the inner workings of an infamous historical crime. The Bank Job is smart, well-paced, exciting entertainment for adults - something that is more of a rarity than it should be.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Feels both absolutely of the 1970s and absolutely fresh.
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide A surprisingly tight, clever, twisty heist tale.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun The gritty heist picture The Bank Job has everything adult action fans could want, starting with a grand, fact-inspired gimmick.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly One of the pleasures of The Bank Job is that it returns us to the days when robbing a bank was a gritty, hole-in-the-wall affair.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a juicy, fact-based caper movie that's full of surprises I have no intention of spoiling.
Richard Roeper, At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper The most entertaining heist movie I've seen in years.
Steve Winn, San Francisco Chronicle A brisk, entertaining crime thriller.

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