Inside Man [Blu-ray]
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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 ›
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 ›
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Will watch anything with Denzel Washington. This was very well done. Tight and taught with many surprises. Wilhem Defoe was superb as was Clive Owen. The whole cast was good.Published 5 months ago by Nanapat
I watched this movie through twice, and then a third time with director Spike Lee's commentary. And I still don't quite get it. Read morePublished on August 30, 2006 by R. Schultz
"Inside Man" unfolds its characters and plot in seeming slow-motion -- perhaps a bit like a real-life hostage drama. Read morePublished on October 30, 2006 by Jean E. Pouliot
Inside Man starts off as a pretty intriguing bank heist action flick. We have the hostages (a pretty normal hostage crowd) and the robbers (smart, efficient, handsome under their... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Em
The one note about Spike Lee films is that you're never sure what you're going to get. I'm not really a fan, I find that his films are too convoluted with extraneous detail and... Read morePublished on August 9, 2006
Judging from the reviews below, you would think this movie was on the verge of something great. WRONG.
IMO The storyline was very weak. Read more
Not sure how to say it, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. Not sure where some of these rave reviews are coming from either, it definitely wasn't that good. Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by BSXX
This movie is a WINNER!
Totally entertaining, well acted and directed ... and one you'll be talking about when it's over. Read more
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