As some people have said in their reviews, it's not quite what you'd expect a bank robbery movie to be. It's hard to explain why that is without giving away the whole plot of the movie. The f word is thrown around a whole lot. If you don't mind a little bit of violence and a lot of vulgar language, then I highly recommend this movie, especially if you enjoy a good bank robbery movie (even though this isn't your average bank job). It is a little bit slow at some points. Some parts could probably be taken out without really losing much. It can get a little confusing if you don't pay close attention to every detail. So, if you don't mind spending a couple of hours watching a thrilling "bank robbery" movie, Inside Man should definitely be considered.
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.
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.
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, No Longer Produced
Mca Home Video
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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