Review: The Bank Job


Director:Roger Donaldson

Cast:Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Richard Lintern

Running Time:110 Minutes


Terry, a car dealer with a not-so-perfect past, has always made it a point to avoid major scams. But when Martine, a beautiful model from his past, offers him the lead on a bank hit that seems too good to be true, Terry hesitates but quickly recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime. Targeting a room of safety deposit boxes, Terry and company begin their heist unaware of Martine's underlining motive. However, the clan soon realizes that the boxes contain much more than millions in cash and jewels as they are home to a mountain of dirty secrets "“ secrets that will thrust them all into a deadly web of corruption and scandal among London's most notorious criminals, government officials and even the Royal Family. Now the group must find a way to stick together and stay alive, at least long enough to outwit those involved and get on with their lives.

Combining some fast-paced action, an excellent story and a heist unlike any other, The Bank Job outdoes itself, selling on fast and ferocious fun and providing movie-goers with a reason to go to the theatres this weekend.

First off I have to comment on the cast. Jason Statham, known more for his less-than-exciting roles in such films as The Transporter and Crank, finally breaks out of his shell and plays a part in the perfect film, almost guaranteeing him a huge step forward in his long and somewhat uneventful movie career. His presence, attitude and chemistry with his cast-mates brought a believable factor to the often unbelievable actor, really showcasing his talents to those in the audience. Throw in some supporting work by Saffron Burrows and Daniel Mays and the film carries an even flow between its stars and makes the film seem real, something that Hollywood is having a hard time convincing these days.

In addition I have to comment on the film's story. Taken from the true account of the 1971 robbery of the London based Baker Street Bank, The Bank Job had the best possible premises to make a story from. And luckily for the fans, they did it flawlessly. Using the story to promote a fast paced, high action thrill ride, the film succeeds on all promises and combines the best of all genre into one hip, cool, fun film.

Then we have director Rodger Donaldson, whose stylistic take on the 1971 story is absolutely flawless. Combine that with some amazing cinematography, some classic camera shots and a set designed to perfection and the outcome is nothing short of amazing.

All together this film was great. Providing a bring spot during an otherwise disastrous time at the cinemas. The Bank Job is clever, hip and downright fun, something that everyone will enjoy.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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