Top positive review
Clever and stylish
2 March 2015
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.