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How to Rob a Bank (2007)

Nick Stahl , David Carradine , Andrews Jenkins  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Stahl, David Carradine, Leo Fitzpatrick, Erika Christensen, Terry Crews
  • Directors: Andrews Jenkins
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IFC Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001B3LILK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Half of the fun of writer-director Andrew Jenkins' feature debut - a heist film that gets everything right about a crime that goes all too wrong - is keeping track of who is doing what to whom and why. Who is robbing the bank? What are they after? These are the simple elements that keep rearranging themselves as Jinx (Nick Stahl) and Jessica (Erika Christensen) find themselves trapped inside a vault, with bank-robber Simon (Gavin Rossdale), stuck on the other side of the vault door, and the police stuck outside the bank. A fresh, freewheeling take on a genre perennial, Jenkins' film playfully hits the reset button every time things seem to settle into place.

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie January 2, 2011
I love this movie. It's not complicated, nor deep. But that's part of its charm. A simple pleasant comedy. I've watched it many times when I just want something light and amusing.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring November 18, 2008
I didn't know it was possible to make a boring bank robbery movie, but apparently it is. Jinx (Nick Stahl) is a disgruntled paycheck-to-paycheck Gen-Y quasi-slacker stuck in a bank vault with would-be robber Jessica (Erika Christensen). Gavin Rossdale is Simon, the anti-depressant popping sociopath waiting outside the vault with an itchy trigger finger and a bank full of hostages. Terry Crews is Officer DeGepse, the half-competent police negotiator allowing his strings to be pulled by Jinx. And David Carradine is the voice of Nick, the robbery's mastermind. In a useless plot device, the key bank robbers (Nick and Simon) take their names from Duran Duran since they use a fansite to mask their communications over the internet.

What happens? Not much. Jinx recruits Jessica to his side (despite lack of apparent chemistry between the two actors), sees through Nick's masterplan, rants about bank charges, plays Simon and DeGepse against one another to engineer a way out of the safe, and (presumably) splits the eventual take with Nick and Jessica.

At the end of the day, this seems like a waste of Nick Stahl's talent. Nothing really makes sense in this movie - from the robber's Duran-Duran-obsessed cabal, to the origin of the stolen money (banking fees which are somehow unclaimed), to the location of the all-important computer terminal (locked in a branch vault as opposed to a corporate site or secured facility), to Jinx's ability to turn his `captive' robber, to the final escape. Most of the movie appears either poorly conceived or unbelievable.

The `escape' scene is emblematic of the movie's inability to carry any semblance of logic, suspense, or momentum.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different July 4, 2008
By Lucy
I'll make this short and to the point but hopefully with enough to get you a basic outline of what to expect from this movie.

I thought the basic idea was pretty good but the dialogue in itself lacked moments at times, there are also several scenes that drag on and on (Mostly between the main character, Jinx, within the vault).

The effects are surprising, the soundtrack is pretty good. Some of the acting could have been done better and I think they should have improved with the Detective character. The way he delivered certain jokes practically ruined them.

What made me buy this movie, rent it, and watch it a couple of times? Gavin Rossdale. I've always been a big fan and his acting in this movie is amazing, he basically saved the movie and made it watchable.

I just skip to the parts that have him in them, he had some pretty entertaining moments and made the purchase worth while.

To close this up, I leave you with a few final words. If you're not a fan of Gavin Rossdale or don't have a clue who he is, this movie might have to be enjoyed by you in a different way.

My suggestion, if that is the case, is to kick back and relax. Enjoy the soundtrack and the few jokes tossed in the middle, you'll find it a quick and entertaining flick.

However, if you are a fan of Gavin Rossdale then you certainly will enjoy it no matter what.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great puzzle movie December 1, 2012
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This movie has enough twists and plot turns to keep you guessing all the way through. But in an enjoyable way.
The five leads all are excellent and remain believable throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more clever than accomplished March 14, 2010

"How to Rob a Bank" is a low-budget oddity in which a young private citizen (Nick Stahl) gets accidentally locked in a bank vault with a hot-and-sexy would-be robber (Erika Christensen). The trick is it's hard to tell whose side young Jinx is really on - the bank robbers' who are holding the employees and customers hostage on the other side of the steel door, or the cops`, led by Officer Degepse (Terry Crews of "Everybody Hates Chris"), who are stuck outside the bank trying to defuse the situation. Jinx is a customer mightily ticked off at how banks literally nickel-and-dime their depositors at every opportunity - and it is anger at this outrage that may inspire him to shift his loyalties to the malefactors in the final stretch.

Written and directed by Andrews Jenkins, the movie earns more points for creativity than it does for execution. The story is often needlessly gimmicky and confusing, the direction unpolished and lacking in finesse, and the performances low on subtlety and shading (though Stahl is very good). Plus, what with its made-on-the-cheap appearance, collection of pseudo-profundities and single-set mise-en-scene, "How to Rob a Bank" definitely has a film-school-project feel to it.

Still, it's kind of fun watching the movie turn the bank-robbery formula on its head, particularly in its blurring of the lines between the hostages and the hostage-takers, the law-breakers and the law-enforcers. Plus, for a little added kick, it has the late David Carradine appearing in a cameo role right at the closing moments.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie
The idea behind the movie is ok but the acting sounds like they're reading it not acting it. However, Gavin Rossdale is yummy so it was worth the watch for me.
Published 10 months ago by A. mckenna
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so
Ok movie, story is a little slow. The only thing worth watching is Gavin! Without him, the movie would be a total flop!
Published 11 months ago by Jenn P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Watching movies with your family is the best thing in the world.
I finally found a really great movie that me & my mom can enjoy as a nice big happy family.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars how to rob a bank
Thanks, so much for the prompt service on the delivery of the DVD
I have been looking for that movie for some time, and was glad
you had it and in very good condition,... Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I like this movie except for how it starts. I wish the intro for it could have been better. Over all it was still a good movie.
Published on January 6, 2012 by Jason J. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever And Promising Heist Satire Derails Itself With Uneven And...
I actually wanted to like writer/director Andrews Jenkins' "How to Rob a Bank." I think there's a genuinely clever idea at work in the film's premise and some effective and... Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by K. Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars really bad
Talk about a poorly executed movie. How To Rob a Bank completely misses the mark in every single area. Two people are locked inside a vault. Read more
Published on June 28, 2010 by B. E Jackson
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