Inside Man is a film that is extremely action-packed which explosive suprises and cleverness. When you watch Inside Man you have a wonderful atmosphere because you all the way through this film, there is always something that you need to take into considertation for the clever ending of this action-packed, explosive and suprising film. One of the best films I have ever seen because it is so clever and suprising.
After a three-year hiatus, writer/director Spike Lee returns with his first big screen outing since 'She Hate Me', and his forth collaboration with living legend Denzel Washington. The controversial New Yorker has never been one to opt out for the obvious, so it should come as no surprise that 'Inside Man', a slick, high-concept heist thriller about corporate machinations during an armed bank robbery/ hostage situation, is unlike anything Lee"s ever done before.
Clive Owen is well cast as the master criminal, (Owen"s measured monotone and deadpan delivery works better here than it did in 'Children Of Men' or 'Closer'), a pencil moustached Denzel Washington could play suave, & intelligent in his sleep, but still manages to inject his negotiator cop character with life and humour, though Washington"s sharp suited attrite is, in a bizarre fashion faux pas, not dissimilar to the snazzy get up he had on in 1940s set film noir 'Devil In A Blue Dress'. Jodie Foster, an actress who usually bores me, is back as a force to be reckoned with: Foster"s elusive company woman is perfectly suited to partner the bank"s shady owner; Arthur Case (another strong supporting role for Christopher Plummer) as 'Inside Man' slips from genre to genre with relative ease.
My only criticism here, besides the somewhat unremarkable plot twist, would be Lee"s recently acquired habit for occasionally over-directing a scene, hence creating a style over substance scenario (which also marred '25th Hour'). For a mainstream thriller, 'Inside Man' is actually strongest in its quiet, stagier, moments between cops, criminals, hostages and power brokers. Spike Lee"s best years as a serious writer/ director seem to be behind him, after all, where do you go after the timeless masterpiece that was 'Malcolm X'? And though the last Lee films I really liked were 'He Got Game' and the unloved 'Summer Of Sam', 'Inside Man' is well-made, undemanding entertainment, albeit from a director from whom we"ve come to expect a little more. See it before they make the sequel.
The Perfect Robbery: Clive Owen plays a ruthless and vengeful bank robber, with a perfectly planned operation; "who claims he will walk right out of the door". Denzel Washington plays a detective with the task of foiling the perfect plan. A truly gripping story.
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Spike Lee directs this crime thriller. Denzel Washington plays tough cop Keith Frazier, who finds himself drawn into a tense hostage situation when master criminal Dalton Russell's (Clive Owen) planned bank heist goes drastically wrong. Trying to negotiate the release of the hostages, Frazier begins to realise that something isn't quite right with the whole set up, and when enigmatic Madeline White (Jodie Foster) arrives on the scene, he realises that he's stumbled onto something a lot bigger. Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer also star.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. A tough cop is forced to match wits with an intelligent bank robber after 50 bank staff and patrons are taken hostage. As the game of cat and mouse unfolds, a power broker with a hidden agenda adds even more instability into the precarious situation.