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The Bank [DVD] [2001]

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Short Film, Storyboards, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A sleek Australian thriller that is well timed to tap the public's disgust with financial institutions and the number-crunchers who run them. Anthony LaPaglia portrays Simon O'Reilly, the gleefully arrogant chief executive of Centabank, a profit-hungry institution with assets exceeding $50 billion. When Jim Doyle (David Wenham), a hotshot young mathematician, approaches Simon with designs for a computer program based on chaos theory that Jim says can predict stock market crashes, Simon decides to invest in perfecting it. The whole idea of such a program is ridiculous, of course. But its very preposterousness doesn't make the movie any less entertaining. As far-fetched as the movie is, "The Bank" conveys an engaging zest for upper-crust mischief. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, ...The Bank

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Financial Thriller 11 Jun 2004
By Lee Armstrong - Published on
Format: DVD
"The Bank" is a tight excellently executed Australian film. David Wenham stars as Jim Doyle, a math wizard that's come up with BTSE, an experimental banking program. Wenham has caught audiences' eye as the transvestite playwright in "Moulin Rouge" and as "Faramir" in the two final "Lord of the Rings" films. Here he absorbs into the role as a brainy math guy whose ultimate tale of revenge has a long burning fuse that pops at the film's stunning climax. The romantic angle comes as he falls for Michelle played by newcomer Sibylla Budd.
Anthony LaPaglia from TV's "Without A Trace" achieves great intensity as the buy & sell businessman Simon O'Reilly whose heart is money. The film's message of corporate responsibility is driven home with the subplot of the bank foreclosing on Wayne & Diane Davis' loan. Blond Steve Rodgers does a nice job as the father bereft by his son's death in a tragic accident as a result of the bank foreclosure. His revenge scene with LaPaglia at the end is brilliantly out of control. Mitchell Butell as the lawyer Stephen does a nice job as the pro bono lawyer who tries to help the couple. This is a first director/screenwriter job for Robert Connelly who keeps the tension flowing, the dialogue pointed & economical, and the visual images of the bank and the lavish home of LaPaglia memorable. This is a small film, but an excellent one, well worth an evening's entertainment. Enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A thriller without violence 10 April 2007
By Bob C. Denton - Published on
Format: DVD
This refreshing movie is a thriller with no physical violence. The hero doesn't try to win the day by punching or shooting. Instead, he uses his intelligence and creativity. One of the main ideas of the film is that it might be possible to predict the stock market using some mathematical formula. Certainly, there is ongoing research into that area. Various formulas have been tried in the last few years with well publicized results. There is a little mathematical mumbo jumbo in the film which probably adds to the production design, but isn't necessary to understand the film. There is a little bit of Hitchcock in the film including some illogic in the script, but it's enjoyable all the same. Anthony La Paglia does some great acting as the antagonist for whom creating additional profit for a corporation is the only goal. In case you think his portrayal is over the top, rent Enron: The Smartest Men in the Room, a chilling documentary about actions in the Board Room.

Many features of the plot of this film were in The Spanish Prisoner which is also a thriller without violence.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Usual Suspects meets Wall Street 1 Jun 2003
By Hollywood Inc - Published on
Format: DVD
This is by far the greatest film I have ever seen. It ranks up there with Usual Suspects and House of Games. With The Bank you are essentially watching two movies unfold to an incredible end. Forget Gordan Gekko, Anothoy P. puts him to shame. The computer programmer must have worked for Keiser Sosa. That is how good he is. I just wish the movie would have got a distribution deal. That shows you how shallow Hollywood really is. You won't be disappointed.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Tightly Wrought Tale of Greed and Revenge 16 Aug 2003
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: DVD
THE BANK is another Australian movie that demonstrates how sophisticated 'foreign' films can be. Robert Connolly directs this tale of corruption with breakneck speed, leaving little time for catching a breath much less understanding the heavily accented dialogue (no English subtitles available on this DVD and many conversations are lost because of the thick Aussie accents by some of the actors). Anthony LaPaglia is the devil incarnate and David Wenham as the new PhD in mathematics who can drive LaPaglia's scheming to disastrous ends. Both are excellent as are the other cast members. The music score by Alan Jones is superb (listen carefully to the boys choral writing) and the graphics are top notch. Not a great movie but a thoroughly entertaining, edge of your seat, wizardlike video game - one in which you as viewer can surmise all the moves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Movie, the Meek inhereting the earth 27 Aug 2009
By Henry The Banker - Published on
I thought the movie was good, darker than you would normally expect with the boy being brought out of the river with the damn bank forclosure notice on in his shirt. But I give it an A because it had a good story line & I appreciated the gordon gecko couterpart who got screwed. Two thumbs up & I got to watch it for free!!

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