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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative heist movie
Inside Man is something of a departure for Spike Lee, a director usually more at home with biting social commentary, particularly on the lot of African Americans. By comparison, this movie is mainstream, throwing a host of top names into a soup of tension, intrigue and genuine thrills. From beginning to end, Inside Man plays with our preconceptions of the genre;...
Published on 6 Sept. 2006 by M Waddington

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok up to a point
This the latest and most successful movie from director Spike Lee sees him reteam with his Malcolm X star Denzel Washington in this ok tale of a bank robbery in NY,the plot as such has Clive Owen as the main villain of a gang that take over a bank and Washington is the hostage negotiator that has to deal with the aftermath.

It soon becomes clear that there are...
Published on 2 Aug. 2006 by shansu69


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recently, I planned, and set in motion, the events to execute the perfect bank robbery., 27 Nov. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Inside Man is directed by Spike Lee and written by Russell Gewirtz. It stars Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jodie Foster and Christopher Plummer. Music is by Terence Blanchard and cinematography by Matthew Libatique.

A heist of a New York bank is being undertaken by exceptionally well organised crims. Led by intelligent Dalton Russell (Owen), the robbers appear to have every eventuality covered. NYPD detectives Frazier (Washington) and Mitchell (Ejiofor) are assigned the case and set about unstitching the volatile situation. But nothing is as it seems, especially since ruthless "fixer" Madeliene White (Foster) shows up to broker a deal with the robbers on behalf of the bank's owner (Plummer).

Spike Lee does a formulaic movie? Surely not? Well yes and no, the genre staples are adhered too but Lee stamps his own authority on proceedings. Where aided by a tricksy and well written script by first timer Gewirtz, he has crafted one of the best heist movies in the modern era. Propelled by a cast on excellent form, Inside Man always has a trick up its sleeve, while characters motivations and reasonings are always sketchy, thus making the audience just as suspicious as Washington's driven detective is. With Lee choosing a choppy chronology process to unfurl the plot, this too helps to keep the nagging narrative question of "what is going on?" to consistently linger in the air. And with multiple characters ducking in and out of the story, it's a credit to Lee and Gewirtz that the film is neatly streamlined, it's never confusing and always gripping.

How Lee moulds the character dynamics at play always holds the attention, be it the battle of wits between Washington & Owen, or the Foster and Plummer ask no questions axis, no frame or dialogue exchange is wasted. The director even manages to slip in a couple of statements of race related bother involving a Sikh and a copper who gets pulled up on his terminology. While an aside at violent video games sneakily slips in with ironic potency. For sure this is no "Spike Lee message movie," but his awareness of the times, and particularly New York's denizens, never wanes. Blanchard provides some wonderful snatches of music, at times sounding very James Bondian, it adds a nice espionage like flavour into the New York melting pot. As for the ending? Well more like as for the series of reveals? It's cracker-jack time, no cop outs or reverting to type, it's a fitting finale to what has gone before it.

It's not flawless, some little problems reside within, but they are not large ones. Though it is fair to say that if you are someone who makes a point of working things out as soon as possible? Then you are able to do so here, though I do think the makers aren't exactly hiding it, in fact we are dared to pay attention right from the off as Owen's mastermind looks us in the eye and tells us so. But small itches aside, this is darn entertaining stuff, a film that can raise the pulse and hold you in suspense, whilst also demanding you engage the brain as well. 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of its genre, 27 Sept. 2013
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robert stirling (tarn,s.w.france) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
Totalling absorbing film with a low key performance from Clive Owen as the chief thief and the opposite by Denzil Washington as a slightly seedy detective(under suspicion for corruption): dig his thin moustache and blousey suits which completely transform his persona.

The apparently standard bank heist plot is turned upside down by director Spike Lee into something extraordinary,compelling and riveting as the plot progresses.

I have to mention the superb music,a mix of Indian and rap,which compounds the flavour of the film: unique.

As I write prices for the dvd start at one penny.Exceptional value for two hours of rippling drama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic film!, 3 Aug. 2009
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Thomas Johnson (Stoke) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Inside Man [HD DVD] (HD DVD)
I don't understand the previous reviewer's comments in the slightest. This film is a joy to watch. Not only does it put on display some brilliant actors and actresses (Washington, Foster and Owen,) It is also an extremely clever film, which makes it the masterpiece it is. The plot is the main highlight, it twists and turns with some great dialogue, (some improvised,) and unexpected moments of humour.
A truly excellent film which deserves more recognition than it is given. I would urge anyone to watch this film, don't be put off by the terrible review above, a film can't be as awful as they suggest, but still rack up 5 award wins and 7 nominations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great show, 8 Dec. 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
inside man is a heist movie with a difference,the difference wont be revealed by myself so dont panic,its directed by spike lee and stars denzel washington,clive owen,and jodie foster among others.

The film tells the tale of clive owen who is an intelligent thief who along with his crew rob a bank and take hostages,denzel washington is sent in to negotiate the safety of the hostages,no matter what he tries to do to get information on the crooks he cant as every idea is knocked down or countered so its clear that the villains have done their homework,the film has a nice twist that should impress and the film is well acted,well directed and stylish and perhaps in time can be viewed the same way as dog day afternoon which is even mentioned in the film,great stuff.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it , watch it, enjoy it, 24 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
If you think you know how every movie ends before it starts then this one is for you because you will be wrong. Enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSIDE MAN, 31 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
Inside Man is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist in Manhattan, New York during a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the NYPD's hostage negotiator; Clive Owen as Dalton Russell, the mastermind who orchestrates the heist; and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White, a Manhattan power broker who is hired to act as a "fixer" in response to the heist; Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also featured.

Gewirtz spent five years developing the film's premise before working on his first original screenplay. After he completed the script in 2002, Imagine Entertainment purchased it to be made by Universal Studios, with Imagine co-founder Ron Howard attached to direct. After Howard stepped down, his Imagine partner Brian Grazer began looking for a new director to helm the project. After Menno Meyjes turned down the chance to direct, Grazer hired Lee to helm the film. Principal photography for Inside Man began in June 2005 and concluded in August of that year; filming took place on location in New York City.

The film premiered in New York on March 20, 2006 before being released in North America on March 24, 2006. Upon release, Inside Man received a generally positive critical response and was a commercial success, grossing over $184 million worldwide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok up to a point, 2 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
This the latest and most successful movie from director Spike Lee sees him reteam with his Malcolm X star Denzel Washington in this ok tale of a bank robbery in NY,the plot as such has Clive Owen as the main villain of a gang that take over a bank and Washington is the hostage negotiator that has to deal with the aftermath.

It soon becomes clear that there are ulterior motives and that there are things in one of the banks safety deposit boxes which need to stay hidden,the movie does get a bit weird and especially the last 20 minutes do not feel right and could have quite easily been chopped out or dovetailed in a quarter of the time,but this is a watchable thriller with a good cast,Christopher Plummer is the CEO of the bank with the secrets that need to stay hidden and an under used Jodie Foster as a mysterious 'fixer'who tries to get to the box before the robbers do.In all its Spike Lees most commercial movie ever and one to watch but dont think too hard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and stylish, 2 Mar. 2015
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Michael Macneil (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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I thought i had not seen this but whilst i was watching it I recognised bits of it. I like most movies with Denzel in but i feel Clive Owen aces it in this one though Denzel was still excellent. The plot is engaging and clever with the odd nod to director Spike previous life as a political director. TBH the core value of the film was unusually (for the director of Malcolm X) the building of Western wealth on the back of the gassed Jews - one of those embarrassing little events we do not get taught in history class!!

The execution of the heist itself is masterful and you do not understand it until you get right to the end of the film - even though i had seen it before!! The favourite little scene which again is loaded with social commentary, was "baddie" Owen looking at the black child's handheld game (which basically was black men blowing each other's heads off, calling each other MFs and killing anyone walking) and Owen saying "i need to go and see your Dad about this game". Of course, all the main characters are black or ethnic, it was a clever mainstream film making lots of social points but keeping it action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING, WELL MADE HEIST MOVIE, 13 Feb. 2010
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F. Pizzey (Brixham, Devon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
This is an entertaining, well made and generally well acted picture that involves the viewer from start to finish. Well worth repeat viewings due to the complexity of the plot, it's a clever story albeit it does call for the 'willing suspension of disbelief' as regards the total incompetence of the wider law enforcement agencies....ie two good cops doing what they can in spite of the police department rather than because of it. The Denzil Washington and Chiwetel Ejiofor characters are just a bit too 'hip' for my liking and the Jodie Foster character, although solid, appears only briefly and adds little to the overall production. Also, it is hard to believe that what occurs in the days following the bank raid (appears) to happen without any subsequent police involvement (there are messages in dialogue that point to a complete unwillingness to investigate further) but that is still very hard to believe. However, taken as a whole this is a competent, well made film and the two hours plus running time flashes by. I've reached the stage in life where I'm (now) quite hard to please, but I'm looking forward to further viewings of this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Perfect crime' caper., 14 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
This is the vastly overrated director's (Spike Lee) second best movie. His other only good movie is 25 HOUR..
This movie involves hostages in a bank.
A bank heist? But nothing is what it seems.......i cant really say anymore because it would be like mentioning the fact that Bruce Willis in 'The Sixth Sense' was dead from the very beginning of that movie.
Great performances in INSIDE MAN, and a great script.
This is great entertainment.
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