Inside Man [2006] Movie Review Recommendation

Inside Man [2006]

When you start watching this movie you get this feeling that this is going to be one of the greats. Directed by acclaimed director Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, 25th Hour) and written by Russell Gewirtz, Inside Man is a story about a bank robbery gone wrong. Gewirtz spent five fucking years developing the concept for this movie, finally finishing the script in the year six and selling it to Imagine Entertainment. You would think that this would mean that the characters and the story were mind blowing, but that’s not the case. Don’t get me wrong, the story is engaging and when you combine this with a really strong cast featuring Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer and others, you get one hell of a movie. However, all this has been done before and Inside Man offers almost nothing new. Lastly, after a very strong first half, the movie loses momentum in the second half, getting overwhelmed by the initial premise. This is where those great actors jump in along with Spike Lee that manages to make the best of the situation.

Inside Man [2006] Movie Review Recommendation PosterA bank in Manhattan, New York is about to be rushed by a group of highly organized and skilled criminals. All called some variant of the name Steve, they quickly round up hostages and start ransacking the bank. Soon, police arrive at the scene, led by an experienced detective Keith Frazier. As events start to unfold, Keith begins to think that this might be one of those perfect robberies…

A standard issue bank robbery/heist movie this is, still far away from such masterpieces like Heat or Dog Day Afternoon. Even relatively low-budget flicks like Hard Rain were quite effective. Inside Man provides enough twists and turns to keep the viewer interested, although there’s always that missed opportunity of a very intense and brutal heist movie. The crew opted for that easygoing, consumerist vibe and this becomes apparent in the final third of the movie. This isn’t a bad thing, but just a thing. You can keep guessing what the fuck is going on and how it’s going to play out, staying constantly one or three steps behind the complex litany of main and sub plots. Since I’m a sucker for closed environment and heist movies, I really enjoyed watching it.

Director: Spike Lee

Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe

Fun Stuff: The Cartier diamond ring is a real diamond ring, it was borrowed from Cartier for the movie for three days. The ring is valued at $1.5 million.


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