Inside Man

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Product Overview

The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat and mouse between a criminal mastermind, a determined detective and a power broker with a hidden agenda.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 202704539
UPC 025192884726
UPC 14 00025192884726
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Hostages
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note His time as a director may have seen Spike Lee gently creep away from the controversial material that made his name, but he hasn't lost his eye for creating an entertaining spectacle; INSIDE MAN is a deliriously constructed crime caper designed to keep audiences guessing right up until the final moments. The plot, written by Russell Gewirtz, works from a devilishly simple premise and spins off on a number of interesting and creative tangents. Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and his partner Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are sent to deal with a hostage situation at a bank in lower Manhattan. Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) is a masked man holding a number of people hostage in the bank while its chairman, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), worries about a secret document he has hidden in a safety deposit box in the vaults. Madeline White (Jodie Foster) is a sassy power broker who Case hires to enter the melee in order to get his mysterious object out of the box and out of the bank. ^As Gewirtz gradually confounds viewers' expectations by threading neat twists and turns into the plot, Lee briefly--perhaps too briefly for hardened Spike fans--returns to the racial themes he overtly tackled in his earlier work. The director uses a number of visual tricks to keep the action humming, such as spectacular overhead shots and grainy, darkly hued posthumous interview clips with the hostages, but INSIDE MAN is essentially a fun popcorn movie executed with an intelligence usually lacking in the genre. While many of the themes--cops are racist, people in power are corrupt, the innocent are persecuted--may be hackneyed, it's testament to Lee's stature as a filmmaker that he manages to pull an engrossing and enjoyable romp from such ostensibly standard subject matter.
Reviews
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Denzel Washington energizes the movie....[He] has the kind of star quality other actors would die for: unfakeable cool." 04/06/2006 p.74
New York Times "[Lee's] most polished and satisfying work in years....[Foster delivers] her wittiest, most relaxed performance in ages..." 03/24/2006 p.E10
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "While he slaloms around the plot's slippery hairpins, Lee relishes the interplay of character that pulses through Russell Gewirtz's screenplay, and a pedigree cast helps him to tweezer out the tensions and innuendos." 05/01/2006 p.146,4 stars out of 5 -- "With a knowing nod to Lumet's DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Spike Lee shows he can deliver a straightforward heist thriller." 09/01/2006 p.128
Sight and Sound "Lee orchestrates the high-stakes drama with a slick adrenalised urgency that wouldn't be out of place in a multiplex actioner." 05/01/2006 p.57
USA Today "Exceptionally well written with clever twists and witty dialogue by first-time screenwriter Russell Gewirtz, INSIDE MAN is adroitly executed by director Spike Lee." 03/24/2006 p.3E
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he first half's a gripper, twitchy and tense with plenty of nods toward modern urban anxieties..." 08/01/2006 p.102
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "Lee has managed to assemble a fantastic cast, with everyone from relative newcomer Ejiofor, to old-hand Plummer and especially Washington, as the slyly intelligent Frazer, making an impression." 08/01/2006 p.108
Entertainment Weekly "It's smart, twisty, and talky." -- Grade: B 08/11/2006 p.56
Wall Street Journal "The screenplay, by Russell Gewirtz, operates confidently in action mod but is always willing to pause for an oddball encounter, a rambling story or a great, tossed-off joke." 01/15/2010
Directors
Spike Lee
Actors
Jodie Foster
Denzel Washington
Clive Owen
Cast & Crew
A.R. Rahman - Original Music By
Barry Alexander Brown - Editor
Brian Grazer - Producer
Clive Owen - Actor
Daniel M. Rosenberg - Executive Producer
Denzel Washington - Actor
Jodie Foster - Actor
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer
Russell Gewirtz - Writer
Spike Lee - Director
Terence Blanchard - Original Music By
Willem Dafoe - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 28847
UPC 00025192884726
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The screenplay by Russell Gewirtz needs a few more runs through rewrite. Because the film was directed by Spike Lee, it is not without interest; Lee finds so many interesting details that don't involve the plot that we're reluctant when he gets back to business...The performances, for that matter, are first rate; Denzel Washington is convincing even when he has little to be convincing about, and Jodie Foster is smart and tough as she decisively does more or less nothing. Well, to be fair, a little more more than less.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety.com
Review A thriller that aims to be different, "Inside Man" stirs some very tasty flavors into its familiar bank robbery/hostage crisis plot, which helps conceal the modest portion of the central ingredient, suspense. A flashy cast, clever script and vibrant showcasing of New York City as the ultimate melting pot are strong plusses for Spike Lee's most mainstream studio venture, which Denzel Washington's name should propel to solid returns for Universal...With Matthew Libatique behind the camera for his second consecutive picture with Lee, rough-and-ready visuals are of a piece with those of the helmer's previous pics.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English
Product Attributes
Actor Washington,Denzel
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
The Wall Street Journal A heist film that's right on the money.
Pete Hammond, MAXIM A cool, captivating cat-and-mouse game.
Jim Ferguson, ABC Tucson, AZ A heist thriller like you've never seen.
Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV Begins with clever sizzle and ends with a terrific bang.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader A superior nail-biter.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...the mood is right, the twists are new.

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