Bank Job

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Based on a true story of a heist gone wrong.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 208072458
UPC 031398236108
UPC 14 00031398236108
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
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Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Statham,Jason
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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.
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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled, Spanish
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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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