Inside Man (Widescreen Edition)
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Clive Owen owns this film. Yes, Denzel is great and carries his scenes well, but Owen has the task of not only convincingly playing a thief who is totally in control of the situation, he has to play the role in a way to illicit sympathy from the audience. He does both things masterfully. No doubt you will be in agreement that his performance is the landmark achievement of the movie and the reason it ultimately works. Washington is a good two dimensional character, blending his desire to take advantage of this one great chance he has at landing a plum role within the police department and the fact that he is personally struggling with the pressure of his girlfriend who wants to discuss "the M word" and wear something on a certain finger. In fact, this becomes a large part of the film, right up to the very end.
If I noted a couple of weaknesses in the film they would be these. Jodie Foster's character, while necessary, seems to distract from the action. Her role is somewhat important, but I wished she had not been there.Read more ›
As usual with these types of films, there are layers of complexity woven into the plot. Nagging questions surface thru the course of the film which perplex the viewer. Why does the leader of the robber gang seem to be stalling? Why is the elderly chairman of the bank's Board of Director (Christopher Plummer) so invested in the goings-on? What exactly is Jodie Foster's character up to? Why do the robbers dig a hole in the storeroom? And, because this is a Spike Lee joint, there are several scene interjections of social and racial relevance. Let's face it, we're living in the post 9/11 era and Lee's sequence of the "Arab's" treatment by the police, in particular, underscores that plainly.
The magnetic Denzel Washington is again superb (but, really, when does the guy ever suck?). He always brings to his role an aura of cool assuredness and a certain stylish bravura. His smile, as usual, when directed at potential perpetrators, contains a biting intensity.Read more ›
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Another nice Spike Lee Joint. Clive Owen solid as always. Good plot. Lovely and satisfying ending.Published 18 hours ago by thatbecky
I'm not a huge Spike Lee fan, but I enjoyed this film a lot. If you like Denzel Washington or robbery flicks, this one is definitely worth watching.Published 1 day ago by Matt Eicholtz
Nice movie with interesting idea and ending. Of course I like it when goodness wins and this was done nicely!Published 1 day ago by Vendy Rios
YOU HAVE TO PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PLOT, BUT IT MAKES SENSE IF YOU CONNECT ALL THE DOTS.Published 1 day ago by BOB L.
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