Inside Man [Blu-ray]
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Academy Award® winner† Denzel Washington, Academy Award® nominee†† Clive Owen and Academy Award® winnerº Jodie Foster star in this intense and explosive crime thriller. The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Owen), a determined detective (Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda (Foster). As the minutes tick by and the situation becomes increasingly tense, one wrong move could mean disaster for any one of them. From acclaimed director Spike Lee comes the edge-of-your-seat, action-packed thriller The Wall Street Journal calls “a heist film that’s right on the money.”
Spike Lee scored his biggest hit to date with Inside Man, an unconventional thriller with fascinating details in the margins of its convoluted plot. The screenplay (by first-timer Russell Gerwitz) could've used a few more rewrites; it moves at a brisk pace but in hindsight a lot of it doesn't make sense. That makes Inside Man more fun to watch than to think about afterwards (when you discover plot holes big enough to drive a truck through), but it's curiously involving, especially as NYPD Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) struggles to outsmart a high-stakes bank robber (Clive Owen) who, along with a well-trained crew of accomplices, has seized control of a Wall Street bank, turning what initially looks like a hostage crisis into a personal crusade to expose some mysterious evil secrets. As you might expect from the director of Do the Right Thing, Lee seizes several satisfying opportunities to examine post-9/11 issues of racial prejudice and domestic terrorism, and the mysterious "problem solver" Madeline White (Jodie Foster), as eerily sinister as she is vaguely defined, is worthy of her own movie. With the benefit of his most stellar cast to date (including Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor), Lee seems more interested in character details than well-crafted suspense, but that doesn't stop Inside Man from being engrossing, subtly amusing, and quirky enough to qualify as a welcomed break from the formulaic thrillers that are Hollywood's bread and butter.--Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 5216018
- Director : Spike Lee
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 9 minutes
- Release date : June 2, 2009
- Actors : Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe
- Dubbed: : Spanish, French
- Subtitles: : Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French Canadian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
- Producers : Brian Grazer
- Language : Japanese (DTS 5.1), German (DTS 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001YV5068
- Writers : Russell Gewirtz
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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One thing that hooks me on Inside Man, besides my favorite actor and my favortie director by themselves, is the three main characters. In the very beginning, Dalton Russell (Owen), the criminal mastermind, takes us inside not only his cell but also his mind. Clive Owen really went to work on this, managing to bring not only a face but also an idea to man who elects to remain faceless. Detective Keith Frazier (Washington), also takes us inside his own mind, as well as Russell's. Frazier truly deserves to be called a POLICE OFFICER! Not a COP like most of his colleagues! I don't think Frazier would have had his prowess and unique way of looking into and at the situation if Washington didn't have his. Finally, there is the powerbroker, Madeleine White (Foster), a woman who does not hear a few phrase without expecting more to come. She does not leave any stone unturned. Jodie Foster also went to work when it was time. When with Denzel, Foster recognized who she was dealing with on screen, and that Denzel and Clive meant business. So she had to give it everything she had.
The other thing about Inside Man, that hooks me is the cinematography which supports the substance of the narrative. The cinematography provides a first-person point of view that most thrillers tradtionally refuse to provide.
And let's not forget director Spike Lee. The crime thriller was not what he was known for, but he totally, and ingeniously pulled it off. When producer Brian Grazer, chose Lee, he chose a director who really knew (and knows) the city of New York. And not just geographically, and not just as a backdrop for all the action. Lee treated the city as character in itself. Lee also invited us to meet the authorities and the hostages, and the criminals as people, dumb and wise, smart and slow, open-minded and shortsighted.
The DVD itself works perfectly. The picture and sound quality is flawless. If you aren't a fan of thrillers that take an "artsy" approach, than this film will not suit you. This is for those who appreciate art as well as suspense...and they only!
Things start with Clive Owen giving a monologue directly into the camera about his caper. There’s a close up of his face as he says his name is Dalton Russell, that’s the who. The where he says is a prison cell. Pay attention to that because it helps explain the astonishing conclusion. The what is the perfect crime. The why was the money, and also because he could, meaning his self-assurance and diligent planning. Together Owen and his crew take over the Manhattan Trust. Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Detective Bill Mitchell are the detectives put in charge of the negotiations to release the hostages taken inside the bank. Christopher Plummer as Arthur Case plays the bank owner, and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White is a powerful New York City fixer who is hired by Plummer to make sure his secret, which is contained with Manhattan Trust, is not revealed.
One of the first things that hits you is how great the writing by Russell Gewirtz was in laying out the crime. Russell has all the hostages dress the same so no one knows who anyone else is. They are also constantly shifted from room to room to keep them disoriented. On top of that, the criminals have the same jump suits on and mix in with the hostages with one of them even getting in trouble so that at the end everyone is in the dark about who the possible robbers are. Russell also constantly outsmarts the cops by playing games with them, dragging out the process so that he can pull off the heist.
Next is the acting. Everyone is outstanding. Washington plays his usual leading man role to a tee. He’s not satisfied with how the robbery is playing out, he doesn’t like that Foster’s character shows up to complicate his negotiations, and at the end he isn’t willing to let things lie after the hostages are released. Ejiofor plays his able aide who is able to play off Washington’s part. Foster is the pan ultimate power broker. Being both strong and demanding in the male world of politicians, bankers, police, and thieves she finds herself in. Owen never breaks a sweat as he plays out his scheme. That’s nothing to say of William Dafoe as a SWAT team leader and Plummer in supporting roles.
Spike Lee is also able to throw in his little odes to New York, which he always likes to do in movies located in the city. For instance, there’s an Indian Sikh bank teller who talks about his constant harassment because people believe he’s an Arab and a possible terrorist. Washington and Ejiofor counter that he could get a taxi unlike many black men. The robbers also play a tape in Albanian, and Washington is only able to find that out by asking the crowd outside the bank what language is being used. There’s also a riddle Owen throws at the cops about one of the city’s train stations. These all just give a little nod to the diversity and life in New York that Lee always likes to hit on.
Finally, there’s the twist. The movie isn’t just your regular bank robbery. In fact, it appears initially that nothing was taken. It’s not until the robbery is actually over that Russell’s true motivations and plan is revealed and it’s a whopper that no one could foresee. Russell even gives a little treat to Detective Frazier.
In conclusion, Inside Man is just an amazing movie experience. It never lets go of your attention and keeps on throwing things at you to keep you going.
Top reviews from other countries
This is not just a excellent crime film with a great plot and actors, but proves how a moral and almost political subtext can make the crime pot even more compelling, intriguing and engaging.
Brilliant twists and dialogues reinforced by the idea of the state of siege around a bank that discloses secrets and hidden truths buried for ages.
A great narrative solution.
Excellent blu ray that let the burning lights as well as the dark moments of the photography gloriously come out
Good cast, mostly good acting. Two minus points... Jodie Foster (to *her* credit) does as much as is reasonably possible with a character that is poor, a script that makes a difficult to believe character even harder to get to grips with. However, it's not enough and her amoral toubleshooter is a poor component of the film. Oh, and the root of the problems being ill gotten Nazi gains? zzzzz. Okay, maybe it's difficult to come up with original basis for heist thrillers, but if you're going to use the Nazxi bad guy thing as the root cause, then at least expand and detail it well.
As good as Denzel W is, Clive O is even better. He is a more natural actor I think, and I think only needs to make sure he doesn't become over confident or arrogant, to turn in a good performance.