A good, slick little Australian movie that will provide catharsis for anyone wanting to see the mega-corporations of the world get their just desserts. David Wenham (Faramir from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
) is a computer nerd who swears he's found the right combination of chaos theory and fractal geometry to allow him to predict the rise and fall of the stock market. This widens the piggy eyes of a bank executive (Anthony LaPaglia), who quickly puts the boy genius to work, with all the attendant perks. The movie builds to some nifty momentum in its final reels, and it gives a strong showcase to LaPaglia, the Aussie actor from TV's Without a Trace
. His predator's swagger defines his character as a Great White in a pool full of smaller sharks--his speeches to his boardroom are classics of undiluted greed. Watching his comeuppance makes The Bank
a gratifying experience. --Robert Horton
When a brilliant young mathematician, on the verge of discovering a formula that could predict the fluctuations of the stock market, is hired by a corrupt bank CEO, the two men will play a deadly game of deception and revenge, while initiating one of the biggest banking scandals in history. Set in the fast-paced, ruthless world of high finance, The Bank, starring Anthony LaPaglia (Lantana, Analyze That, and the CBS hit, Without a Trace) and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King,) The Bank delivers edge-of-your-seat suspense, and takes a hard look at morality in the corporate world as it hurdles towards its unforgettable and shocking conclusion.