17 March 2008

The Bank Job

The Bank Job Stole the Screen

I like Jason Statham films. I love his style of martial arts and action. Now, I am not an uneducated movie watcher. I watch trailers all the time. So, I knew that this was not going to be a movie like I was used to from Statham. Now, unlike the uneducated people that I tend to sit with at the early show, I knew this was not a shoot ‘em up action movie. People amaze me. If I may, I would like to take a moment and shout, “LOOK INTO WHAT THE MOVIE IS ABOUT BEFORE SEEING IT!” I have had this problem at Miami Vice, The Departed, and a few others I cannot think of off hand.

The movie centers on a group of people who robs a bank in England by tunneling into the safe deposit box room. The twist to this typical heist film is that the government is in on it, unofficially. One member of the group, Martine Love played by Saffron Burrows, is working for the government. She propositions Terry played by Jason Statham. He accepts naïve to the government involvement. Terry calls on his group of friends and colleagues to make up the group to pull off the heist.

As the movie progresses, police corruption, the porn industry, black power groups, and other secrets are revealed. When it culminates at a train station, all the story lines and characters cross paths in ways that are not necessarily the ways you might think. What makes this movie even more enjoyable is that it is based on a true story and actual events. All names are changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.

The Bank Job had it all: good characters, great suspense, and fantastical story telling. I read good reviews for this film before going in, so I had decent expectations. What I did not expect was the great film that I got. This is the best film of the year so far. I did not expect such a fantastic film. Verdict: I know that it only opened in limited release, so you might have to wait for the DVD to see this film, but it is worth it. I cannot wait to purchase this and watch it again and again. This is my favorite heist film in years. I have not had as much fun with a heist film since After the Sunset.