- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001563I66
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Bank Job [DVD]
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Certainly had me entertained for the full 107 minutes. Great casting fantastic story, great props. Historical, entertaining and 70s BRITISH!. Definitely one to have in your collection for sure. Buy it, rent it, steal it, whatever it you definitely must 'ave it!
Performances were great, this movie is truly one for your collection.
The best thing about it is that it appears to be based on a true story, though such levels of conspiracy seem to have been involved that much has to be speculation. It seems that the secret service deliberately recruited a ramshackle bunch of first-time bank robbers to liberate the contents of a vault in a Baker Street bank notorious for holding blackmail photographs and the like. Of chief interest was a series of snaps taken by a West Indian (as folk used to say in the seventies) political militant who is also a bit of a 'gangsta' which show Princess Margaret being gang-banged on an unnamed (but we can guess) Caribbean island.
There is a cracking script by Clement and La Frenais who gave us, among other things, The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Here they show they have a dark side - just because a character may be a chirpy, cheeky chappie, don't assume no harm will come to him (a bit like with Janet Leigh's character in Psycho, it's as well to take nothing for granted).
The casting is superb. David Suchet - known to all as Poirot but so very, very versatile - positively sparkles as a nasty Soho pornographer. Peter Bowles is a wonderful corrupt politician. Jason Statham is just right. Little Michael Jibson, still a new face in films but known to those who saw him star in the Madness musical Our House, is perfectly cast as the reluctant lookout, just married and utterly revolted when told that self-abuse is a great way to keep warm on a blag.
With the recent popularity of Life on Mars, the seventies setting almost inspires nostalgia, rather than seediness. Everything about this film is immensely enjoyable - but expect a bit of violence with your laughs.
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