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The Bank Job [DVD]

Jason Statham , David Suchet , Roger Donaldson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Statham, David Suchet, Stephen Campbell Moore, Keeley Hawes, Saffron Burrows
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001563I66
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A cheerful, energetic, and completely entertaining movie, The Bank Job follows some small-time hoods who think they've lucked into a big-time opportunity when they learn a bank's security system will be temporarily suspended--little suspecting that they're being manipulated by government agents for their own ends. The result is that the movie doubles its pleasures: While the robbery itself has the usual suspense of a heist film, when the robbery is over the hoods find themselves being hunted by the police, the government, and brutal criminal kingpins who were storing dangerous information in a safety deposit box. The Bank Job won't win any awards, but it's enormously fun. Director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Species) propels the action along with vigour, zippy editing (with perfect clarity among multiple story-lines) and various colourful characters. Jason Statham (Snatch, The Transporter), as the leader of the bank robbers, successfully steps away from his usual bone-crunching roles to a more human presence. The rest of the cast--including Saffron Burrows (Deep Blue Sea), Keeley Hawes (Tipping the Velvet), David Suchet (Poirot), and many faces familiar from British film and television--give their characters the right degree of personality and flavour without getting fussy or detracting from the headlong rush of the story. A little sex, a lot of action, a sly sense of humour, and a twisty plot. If more movies had these basic pleasures, the world would be a happier place. --Bret Fetzer

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Thriller based on the true story of a 1971 London bank robbery that baffled the authorities and captivated the public. Jason Statham stars as Terry Leather, a former crooked car salesman who wants to put his shady past behind him and start a family. But when Terry's old neighbour, Martine Love (Saffron Burrows), proposes a foolproof plan to rob a Baker Street bank, Terry reluctantly agrees to come on board. As the operation gets underway, the resourceful group of thieves tunnel their way into a safe-deposit vault at the Lloyds Bank in Marylebone where they discover millions of pounds worth of cash and priceless gems. However, Terry and his crew don't realise the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal that spans London's criminal underworld, the British government, and even the Royal Family.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film in the Trad Brit style 11 Mar 2008
By Sally Wilton VINE VOICE
I really liked this film despite the poor reviews in the papers by some critics.

The film starts with 'Our hero' Terry (Second hand car lot owner) having his stock smashed up by some dodgy money lender monkeys. In desperation he goes along with his old school friend Ms Love's plan to rob a bank by the old 'dig a tunnel from the closed down shop opposite' method when the bank alarm system is down. All is far from what it seems to these likeable robbers and without spoiling the plot can say it involves Royalty, Dishonest Cops, Trinidadian Drug Barons and Porn kings as well as brothel owner Sonia - oh and some MPs and MI5!! It is all a true story and I thoroughly enjoyed it from begining to end. Lots of 70s period detail and the behind the scenes action by the Police that looks hilariously amateurish by todays standards- well I hope they have improved their detection skills since then. If you are old enough to remember the 1970's and a series called Budgie with Adam Faith you will love this.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason Statham Crime Flick 1 July 2008
Allegedly based on true events (the final credits mention the names have been changed to protect the guilty), The Bank Job is partly a homage to the traditional British robbery film and partly a tale of political and society intrigue. The main premise of the story is that a Black Power activist Michael X managed to obtain photographs of a prominent British royal (possibly Princess Margaret) enjoying a decidedly unregal menage-a-trois while on holiday in the Caribbean. On returning to England, Michael X uses the pictures to blackmail the authorities into turning a blind eye to his criminal activities.

The British Secret Service (MI5 or MI6) learns the location of the photographs in a Bank safety deposit box. Thus they set in motion the chain of events which convinces Terry (Jason Statham) and his cronies to tunnel into the safe and empty the deposit boxes thus retrieving the photographs to 1. Protect the Royal and, 2. Remove Michael X's "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Up until this point the film is an enjoyable, if somewhat risque, crime caper. However things take a darker turn when inevitably this is not the only secret held in the security vault, including some compromising photographs of Secret Service officials and a crime boss's ledger of payments to corrupt police officers. This leads to a classic four way stand-off between the various parties before the final denoument.

In general terms The Bank Job is an enjoyable and entertaining heist movie. The Blu-Ray picture and sound transfer are superb. There are a couple of downers - Jason Statham needs to start working on an act other than the grizzled Cockney "wide-boy", he is really, really, in danger of being permanently typecast.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this film! 5 Jun 2008
This was one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in a long time. I loved that it was British and not the usual kind of film that we get. Seeing so many familar faces was great too. It reminded me very much of Snatch and that is my favourite film ever! We need more like this in my opinion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Great British gangster movie 23 Oct 2008
By chuckles VINE VOICE
This movie is well written, action packed with a bit of light hearted comedy to keep it from getting too heavy. This movie carries on with the tradition of Lock Stock, and a welcome return after the last few attempts. A couple of dodgy accents, but that's a very small issue. The film is in 2 parts, the first the robbery then as soon as that's done, then the action really kicks in. This film was digitally shot, and that makes it excellent on HD with superb picture and sound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 Carat Solid Gold Entertainment 29 July 2008
By Nick D.
This film is living proof that you simply cannot trust 99% of the film critics out there. Better still, this is British film making doing what it does best and delivering an A+ performance. I cannot recommend this film more highly.

It is very well written, acted, directed, art directed and edited.

Jason Statham puts a neat performance as the lead. Saffron Burrows is both decorative and intelligent in a way good female leads used to be and Bond girls ought to be. David Suchet is always worth the price of admission. The rest of the cast delivers nicely judged roles that make this movie highly evocative of the 70s. The cars are great!

As soon as I saw Ian Le Frenais was partly responsible for the script I knew we were in good hands. (If you don't know who Ian Le Frenais is, check out his other stuff and you'll see that my words do not exaggerate his talent.) What we get is a great story with plenty of interesting sub-plots all neatly interwoven and brought to a perfect dramatic conclusion. Having just seen 'No Country for Old Men' and been bitterly disappointed with a film that totally fails to match the Oscar hype that surrounded it, it was nice to see a film without any expectations and to be royally entertained. I've never heard of the director Roger Donaldson, but rest assured we'll be hearing more from him.

The plot of this movie is based on a true story, which makes it more than just another heist movie. I wonder if the Royal involved was Princess Margaret? So a massive thumbs for this hidden gem. Hollywood: take note. Taditional formulas when done properly can still be incredibly effective.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Excellent film, superb blu-ray picture and sound.
Published 2 days ago by william chrisp
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bank Job--2008
The Bank Job-2008

Based on Actual Events that took place in 1970 & 1971.
Mick Jagger has a small role as a bank employee/clerk who works in the Vault.
Published 17 days ago by Richard Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quite good
Published 1 month ago by Dav e
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good value for money.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Cheadle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Janice Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by richard blackley
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A TALE OF CORRUPTION AND COVER-UP'
The film is based on a true happening set in the early '70's'
A garage owner and former small-time criminal 'Terry' ( 'Jason Statham' ) is approached by an old flame 'Saffron'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rbmusicman
4.0 out of 5 stars An excelent story line and cool reality
As I have mentioned this story line is a excellent new way to look at coruption and goverment complots a very deep and entertaing script. Read more
Published 3 months ago by protech3
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper British crime drama
Jason Statham as a 1970's London geezer, persuaded to do a job on a bank to (unbeknown to him) prevent a Royal scandal...what's not to like? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris
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