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Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster star in this intense and explosive crime thriller. The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Owen), a determined detective (Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda (Foster). As the minutes tick by and the situation becomes increasingly tense, one wrong move could mean disaster for any one of them. From acclaimed director Spike Lee comes the edge-of-your-seat, action-packed thriller that The Wall Street Journal calls "a heist film that¡¯s right on the money."
Spike Lee scored his biggest hit to date with Inside Man, an unconventional thriller with fascinating details in the margins of its convoluted plot. The screenplay (by first-timer Russell Gerwitz) could've used a few more rewrites; it moves at a brisk pace but in hindsight a lot of it doesn't make sense. That makes Inside Man more fun to watch than to think about afterwards (when you discover plot holes big enough to drive a truck through), but it's curiously involving, especially as NYPD Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) struggles to outsmart a high-stakes bank robber (Clive Owen) who, along with a well-trained crew of accomplices, has seized control of a Wall Street bank, turning what initially looks like a hostage crisis into a personal crusade to expose some mysterious evil secrets. As you might expect from the director of Do the Right Thing, Lee seizes several satisfying opportunities to examine post-9/11 issues of racial prejudice and domestic terrorism, and the mysterious "problem solver" Madeline White (Jodie Foster), as eerily sinister as she is vaguely defined, is worthy of her own movie. With the benefit of his most stellar cast to date (including Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor), Lee seems more interested in character details than well-crafted suspense, but that doesn't stop Inside Man from being engrossing, subtly amusing, and quirky enough to qualify as a welcomed break from the formulaic thrillers that are Hollywood's bread and butter.--Jeff Shannon
- Great movie
Inside Man (Full Screen Edition) (2006)
Great story line with action and an intiguring twist. See if you can figure it out....more info
- Possibly the most plausible high crime drama ever.
This movie has 3 uniqueness'es that make it rise above other films that would be similar.
1. A cast of this power usually indicates a weak script and, unfortunately far too often, a poor delivery; but the Lead Roles: Clive Owen of King Arthur - The Director's Cut (Widescreen Edition), Denzel Washington of The Manchurian Candidate (Special Edition), and Jodie Foster of Flightplan (Widescreen Edition) deliver the most powerful three characters I've ever seen in one movie.
2. A heist movie is often so entangled with "good clich¨¦s" and showy maneuvers that it is laughable to imagine putting its plot to work. This movie makes me believe it would work 19 times out of 20, and movies such as: Ocean's Eleven (Widescreen Edition) I would give 3 times out 20.
3. The movie has an enjoyable social context as it moves between the worlds of the cop, the criminal, and the civilian. Here none of the parties are vilified but all victimized; it's truly fascinating and complex. ...more info
- Unpredictable Heist Thriller Delivers the Goods
Director Spike Lee hits box-office gold with a New York heist thriller that never lapses into cliche. "Inside Man" also makes some telling social observations while delivering plenty of surprises. Lee provides a fine acting ensemble (Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer) with an inventive screenplay from Russell Gewirtz and excellent cinematography by Matthew Libatique. The result is a crackerjack entertainment and one of Lee's most accomplished films....more info
- A promising but failed movie
I went into this movie with high expectations. The cast and director had done some outstanding work in the past. The plot sounded interesting, with ample chance for rich story and character elements. I came out more disappointed than in any movie in years. A borrowed "bank heist" premise and a few gritty, stylized, or eccentric touches and small-scale human-nature observations do not add up to a good movie. This is true no matter how talented, intelligent, and otherwise successful the people involved. I cannot join in a chorus of empty praise for what is so clearly a failed film.
The storytelling was slow-paced, uneven, disorganized, and uninspired. Long before the film finally dragged to an end and revealed the secret of the heist, I had stopped caring. When the drawn-out movie was not belaboring dense details that did not add up to anything larger, it was veering into thin, superficial subplots -- ones that were either boring or far-fetched and sensationalistic -- with even more superficial characters, dialogue, and interactions.
None of the characters were worth caring about or had any depth. They were mere stick-figure plot devices. I have never seen Denzel Washington look bad until this film, or play a less coherent, less impressive character. Other characters were cardboard villains, perhaps with some shock-value traits pasted on for effect, even down to the gray-haired establishment type who appeared briefly to spew obscenities every other word. Jodie Foster made an interesting ice-cold, high-society "fixer," and Clive Owen a smooth, cool, wily robber, but their thin, flat characters were mere injected devices for unbelievable actions and story lines. Despite their talents, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer were able to add nothing, with stiff performances in empty roles. An air of pseudo-sophistication threw a wet blanket on all of the performances.
As a commentary on society or human nature, the film's observations seem trivial. As a crime drama, the police work could not have been less impressive or the dramatic presentation less suspenseful. The rushed attempt toward the end to tie together plot threads, finally create some dramatic momentum, and belatedly manufacture heroics was confusing, contrived, unrealistic, out-of-place, and ineffective.
Quite frankly, the disparate elements of this uneven film did not come together to tell a meaningful or entertaining story on any level. It was a major disappointment. The movie does not deserve all the strained, lame attempts to portray it as a masterpiece or to make excuses for it....more info
- must watch
Just a great movie with great acting !!!! this movie was under advertised but was recommended by a friend. We could not believe how good it was we did not even know it was in the cinema. You will not be disappointed rent it now ...more info
- Another Good One
I love Denzel Washington in just about anything, but this was a good movie with a lot of suspense. You won't be disappointed, I promise you....more info
- Very entertaining, very clever
As others have indicated, if you think you have it figured out, you will be totally surprised before the end. As suspense films go, everything fits together when you get to the end with nothing that suspends belief (unlike another film I recently saw). The acting is very well done.
I gave the film only four stars because of the thoroughly gratuitous use of one very frequent four letter word. Its use is so over the top that it takes away from everything else. I saw the film in a theater. Some months later we were on an overseas flight and "Inside Man" was the in-flight movie. There were small children on the flight. I wondered how that would work, given the ubiquitous use of that word. Well, the word never occurred anywhere in the film! Further, no one's lips were out of synchronization with the dialogue at any point. I have since read that Singapore will not allow films with foul language in them. Apparently, film companies must shoot two versions of the same film. They could give us films with less objectionable material, but choose not to do so. They even have the same films with less objectionable material already available. Can I give Hollywood two stars only? ...more info
- Fun heist film
I love a good heist flick and this one didn't disappoint. Good acting all around - especially the dynamic between the Denzel Washington and Clive Owen characters. Nice soundtrack, too. And let's not forget that a stunning appearance by a gorgeous Cartier diamond doesn't hurt. Lots of fun and a nice addition to my movie library....more info
I saw this at the movies and loved it, so I gladly bought it on disc, but when I re watched it I found myself getting bored, the movie seemed to drag on and on.
My wife and son felt the same, all 3 of us couldn't wait for the movie to end, very strange considering we all loved it on the big screen....more info
- Spike Lee's Best
This is a brilliant film. The plot is twisting but reasoned. Denzel Washington and Christopher Plummer are superb. Even the sound track is gripping. I am not a big fan of Spike Lee films, but this one blew me away. ...more info
- 5 Star Video and sound
One of the most creative scripts in years. All star cast and first rate HD treatment. Add this to your collection with pride....more info
- Inside Man
A low visibility blockbuster. Definitely worth checking it out. Denzel and Clive are great in this movie. I highly recommend this film....more info
- The Inside Man
Cleverly and masterfully done. Excellent acting. No boring moment. Well worth watching. Could say more, but I don't want to take away from the experience....more info
- Shamelessly clever, witty, twisty-turny intellectual thriller from Spike Lee
Spike Lee has never been known for his subtlety. He makes powerful films that are often smart ("Do the Right Thing"), occasionally not ("She Hate Me"), and sometimes brilliant ("Malcolm X," "4 Little Girls"), but there is never any question that Spike's first goal is to make an emotionally powerful film.
Lee departs drastically from past practice with "Inside Man," a hyper-smart heist movie that adopts all the tricks of the genre. While no "heist movie" is ever going to rise to the hallowed heights of "The Sting" in movie lore, Lee has made one heck of an enjoyable movie.
Clive Owen plays criminal ringleader Dalton Russell, and he tells the audience in the opening scene (shattering the fourth wall) that he has done a bank job, and here's how he did it. In broad daylight, Russell leads a handful of thieves into the downtown Manhattan branch of a powerful bank, founded in 1948 by Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer). Within moments, Russell has taken about forty hostages and has the bank surrounded by cops and media. And yet he hasn't touched the money and seems hardly perturbed. Why?
This question dogs lead detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and his sidekick, Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor). It's clear that Frazier and Mitchell are used to being smarter than the criminals they face, but Russell is clearly in a different league.
Further muddying the waters is the appearance on the scene of Madeleine White (Jodie Foster) as a woman hired by Case to protect his interests in the bank . . . interests that are contained in security box 392. Miss White (there's the trademark Lee subtlety at work) is the kind of person who gets to patronize the mayor of Manhattan and lord her power over mere mortals such as Detectives Frazier and Mitchell. It's clear that Foster relishes this chance to play perhaps the biggest witch of her career, even if one wishes that Miss White were on screen a bit more.
The heist proceeds through its paces with the typical cadence of move and countermove by police and criminal. To summarize any more would be to give the game away, but like all great heist movies, "Inside Man" keeps you guessing right up until the very end. The fact that upon reflection the whole story is completely ridiculous is beside the point - heist movies are more about style and wit than logic, and are at their best when one player is able to move among the others as if he or she has had an advance peek at the screenplay.
Lee generally eschews his trademark focus on racial issues, and the few scenes where these arise feel contrived and beside the point. Fortunately, Lee never lets the movie get bogged down in these moments, and to his credit, spends about as much time with sexism as he does racism.
But never fear - this is an intelligent heist movie made by a talented, dedicated filmmaker. Solid work by the entire cast makes "Inside Man" a pleasure to watch - Mr. Lee and his team should be very proud, and it's not surprising that this movie has been Lee's biggest box office hit yet, and a sequel appears to be in the works....more info
- I expected more...
This is one of those movies that probably would have worked better as a novel than a movie. The slow pacing left a lot to be desired. I was expecting something more brilliant than what was presented here. Dalton Russell's who, what, and when explanation was fine, but he definitely short-changed us on the why. Why the heck did he care how Case made his money? None of the robber's where Jewish. How did he learn of his past if no one else knew? Once Dalton and Ms. White had their little dicussion, hence, telling the audience the real deal, I was bored waiting for Det. Frazier and his crew to catch up. Then I wasn't rewarded well enough for the wait. Why was Dafoe in this movie? have the acting gigs dried up that badly that he's taking parts that could have easily gone to a glorified extra? Foster was good, wouldn't mind having her job. Overall, it's just okay. I like Washington more when he does character pieces compared to his action/thriller/ heist stuff. I can rarely tell those characters apart....more info
- If you figured it out you're almost as clever as the kid next to me
This kind of movie prompts you to take wild guesses, but what is fun is the process and class of the movie. While the kid in the theater next to me figured it out from the start, while having some small mistakes, there was nothing lost in seeing how it all went down and the slight surprise at the end. Inside man is a feel good example of an old and dying art of the con man movie. Technology is getting far too perfect for these kind of brilliant man versus the system type movie. With the need of hacking eye scanners, finger print machines, motion sensors, time locked safes, security systems with off-shore staff that is awake twenty four hours a day, and even more things we can't even imagine but someone else did coming into play you need to be a billionaire to be a thief in the first place. So these movies will become more and more rare, so we should enjoy them while we can....more info
- Pretty slick
I love heist type films. This one kept my interest from the beginning. The end was pretty cool. The cast all did pretty nice jobs and for the most part seemed believable. I've seen it only once but definetly plan to watch it again sometime soon....more info
- good film - bought it instead of renting it!
good film - bought it instead of renting it! That says something unto itsef....more info
- Best movie I have seen
I was at first kind of skeptical about seeing this movie when it was released in theaters, but I was pleasantly surprised by how excellent this movie is!!! If I could I would give it ten stars!! The acting was superb and best of all it kept you guessing the entire movie about what was going on!!! I highly recommend this movie to everyone. Thanks Amazon ...more info
- Excellent movie!
This is one my all-time favorite movies for several reasons. First, the cast: Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen are perfect as the main triangle of personae in this film. Next is the plot; if you have the ability to go into this one without knowing anything about the plot, then do so because the end is just fantastic. The even, fast pace of this film will keep your attention. Enjoy....more info
- Clive Owen is a bad moe-foe...
Inside Man, directed by Legend Spike Lee, stars Clive Owen & Denzel Washington...
For the umpteenth time, Denzel plays a calm and collected Bad-@$$ who is coming off a bad case at a check cashing store and he is being looked at for some missing money...
Clive Owen plays the "Bad Guy" that you want to win...His gang takes a bunch of people in a bank hostage in what appears to be a holdup...
Jodi Foster & Christopher Plummer (Syriana-Recommended) make a surprise appearance as the banks Chairman and a women who "gets things done"...
What is at stake? What is the Bank Gang really after?
The title is funny really because "Inside Man" is a term that makes me think that someone who works at the bank is in on it but Jodi Foster's character is the only "Inside Man" as the term was intended...
This is a great movie and should be in everyone's collection. As a Bank Job movie, I rate it a definite top 20....more info
- Barely above terrible
Spike Lee is not intelligent enough as a director to tackle the many disjointed plot lines of this film. In one scene you'll have a cliche filled mess regarding how Muslims are treated by the police. Then in the next, he's trying to create an intellectual battle between Washington and Owen. Believe it or not, despite the fact that there is so much going on, the entire film just feels so, well, boring. Jody Foster is a pointless addition, and after about 35 minutes you're still waiting for something to improve...but....it never does. I'll give it 2 stars simply because I love bank robbery movies, but this one might just be the worst on record. Even Denzel seems to be stumbling through this role, I haven't figured out why he ever agreed to take it on. Stick to mindless UFC and car chases Spikey, because serious directing eludes you....more info
- I'd just as soon work overtime without pay as watch this again
At first, as the storyline intercuts heist scenes with post-release interviews of hostages, we get an inkling of the tough investigation it'll take to separate fact from deceit ... and then the plot gradually self destructs until we realize that there's NOTHING to investigate (not a joke). All the plot elements (such as they are) have been delivered to us on a platter. And the platter is very low-cal.
The evil villain is the one you thought it would be the exact second you saw him. The brilliant plot to bring him down is hatched by a deus-ex-machina genius whose knowledge of the villain's financial past and present is left unexplained. Let's not even go into his motivations (something like "I can"). The high-priced troubleshooter played by Jodie Foster shoots no trouble. Yet she still walks away with a paycheck after abundantly flaunting her VIP status and hinting that she has secret talents we can only guess at (cat-throwing?). Worst of all (from a moral point of view, since the movie does seem to have moral pretensions) is that the villain's evil past is a simple "MacGuffin", a trivial plot device, used to justify our sitting through yet another heist film. The details are left so vague that we neither understand the character nor have a sense of the environment of possibilities, temptations and constraints in which his wrong choices were made. One original aspect of the film: there's no corrupt Senator.
Why would anybody want to buy this film? That implies you'd want to watch it again, when you already know if you've watched it once to the end that it holds none of its promises....more info
- A Spike Lee Movie I Didn't Hate!
Although I have unilaterally dispised every other creation by Spike Lee (who gave that guy a camera?), this high-intensity movie actually through me for a loop - plus, it has Clive Owen and Jodie Foster!...more info
- Great suspense until the end
Great intrigue and hard to figure who is really part of the bad guys.
Actors who serve the plot very well....more info
- Appearances Can Be Deceiving...
I have to start out by saying that as an avid movie watcher I generally try to keep an open mind when approaching a movie. With that being said there are a couple of directors that I find this to be a particularly hard task to succeed in, Quentin Tarentino is one such director and the other is Spike Lee. I have to say that whenever either of these two critically acclaimed directors releases a movie (or a `joint' as Spike Lee prefers to label them), I find it difficult to get too excited about seeing them, and sometimes I don't end up seeing the movie at all, though I try to make an effort because you never know when one might hit you just right. So, when I saw the trailer for the upcoming Spike Lee movie "Inside Man" starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen, I was somewhat interested in it simply because I enjoy both actors' work; however, Denzel had done a Spike Lee movie before that I didn't like, so that didn't guarantee that I would enjoy him in this one. Over time I saw more trailers for the movie and read what the film was to be about and I have to say that for the first time ever, I was actually excited to see a Spike Lee movie, but whether my anticipation was misplaced or completely justified would remain to be seen.
"Inside Man" presents us with the story of a brilliant criminal mastermind (Clive Owen) who has devised the perfect bank robbery and subsequent escape without being caught by the law. However, when the plan is hatched events quickly begin to spiral out of control and the police are fast on the scene led by a cunningly smart detective (Denzel Washington) who will not rest until the situation is contained. Just when negotiations are beginning to take shape between the criminals and the police, a government power broker (Jodie Foster) interferes throwing this delicate matter into a state of uncertainty where one wrong move could spell disaster for all involved.
After watching this movie I quickly came to the conclusion that even though I generally dislike most Spike Lee movies, even he can surprise me sometimes. "Inside Man" was a wonderfully constructed cat-and-mouse thriller that was completely engrossing and a genuine surprise to me, and was by far the most mainstream Spike Lee movie to date. The story was well paced, full of twists-and-turns that you don't see coming, and the dialogue was so well-written and at times an absolute joy to listen to, especially the many exchanges between Denzel Washington and Clive Owen's characters. The acting was terrific from all actors involved, each actor was given so much to work with, which is often a rarity in an ensemble piece like this one, where there are so many A-list actors gathered in one film, generally one or two of them get shorted on development. A lot of the fun I had in watching this movie was trying to figure out the various motives every character had or which side they were truly on, so many of the characters had hidden agendas you really didn't know what to expect from any of them, which made the experience all the more enjoyable for me.
As I said earlier I'm not by any means a Spike Lee fan and enjoying this movie doesn't change that fact, but for me to have been even remotely entertained by this film is a feat in and of itself. With all that being said, I think it would be nice to see more independent-type directors, such as Spike Lee or Quentin Tarentino, make more mainstream films and maybe, just maybe, I would like their work a whole lot more than simply one movie here and there.
"Inside Man" is rated R for violence and language....more info
- Clive Owen
Oh I just LOVE Clive Owen. I thoguht this movie was really good with its casting. I also loved the street the bank was on was nice because it was empty and devoid of all color. I also really loved Denzel Washington in this. Jodie Foster is smart and looks wonderful. How dose she do it? ...more info
- Original and entertaining
"Inside Man" appears to be about a robbery at a large Manhattan bank, but there's much more to it than what meets the eye. Denzel Washington plays NYPD Detective Keith Frazier, who attempts to outsmart the mastermind of the bank robbery (Clive Owen). However, what appears to be an "ordinary" robbery/hostage situation turns out to be a personal vendetta to expose evil secrets from long ago. Throw Jodie Foster into the mix as a mysterious problem solver of sorts, and you end up with a very entertaining movie.
There are quite a few holes in the plot, but "Inside Man" is definitely a lot of fun to watch, although I doubt I'll ever sit down and watch it again. It's much more refreshing than the so-called "thrillers" Hollywood has been cranking out recently, so that in itself is a relief. This is an entertaining film with a lot of great one-liners and an excellent cast. Check it out now while it's playing on Comcast On Demand!...more info
- Excellent Movie
A typical grade A Denzel Washington movie. I throughly enjoyed the action in this movie....more info
- Surprise and Suspense
This movie never quite fills you in on the whole picture until the end but once you see what is going on it is quite interesting and amazing. I would recommend this movie to anybody looking for a good movie that will keep you waiting for the next piece of key information to clue you in on the real deal....more info
- It's lacking some, but it makes up for it elsewhere...
This film feels off when you compare it to the other films given to us by Spike Lee. I'm not saying that is a bad thing (we all know that I am not the biggest Spike Lee fan) but the fact that it doesn't truly feel like a Spike Lee film is significant. Sure, Lee inserts his views on race relations when he has the chance (please get off it for once) but the brisk pace and overall plot development feel like something far removed from director Spike Lee. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing to the viewer is entirely up to that individual.
Personally I found the pacing a welcomed change. It was easier to follow and more engaging than some of Lee's more preachy endeavors, and while it lacks the depth and pristine command that Lee exhibited in `25th Hour' it manages to keep my interest throughout.
I was entertained.
At the films open we are introduced to Dalton Russell. Pay close attention for he chooses his words carefully. He basically tells you all the films secrets in the opening scene, but you won't get it, at least not yet. He is going to rob a bank. Next thing you know the bank is sealed and Dalton and his accomplices take everyone hostage, making them don jumpsuits and stripping them of their cell phones and keys. Outside the bank Detective Keith Frazier (in search of a promotion) takes on the task of negotiating the safety of the hostages with Dalton, but there is no outsmarting that man who has no doubt thought this through.
Sadly, it feels at times like the screenwriter didn't do the same. There are plot holes that stick out like sore thumbs, especially as the plot twists start revealing themselves. The side plot involving Arthur Case (the bank owner) and the `fixer' he hires is a tad convoluted and needed a little tweaking. Parts of the execution regarding Dalton's escape are also a bit of a stretch, but it's nothing that takes away from the enjoyment of the film.
Just don't think about it too hard.
The performances are a delight here though. Clive Owen is a very effective actor who has consistently presented himself wonderfully on screen. He's able to engage the audience from the moment he opens his mouth (that voice) but he also has the ability to sustain our attention with the light in his eyes. Denzel Washington was a nice surprise here as well. He was able to keep his charm controlled as apposed to allowing it to run wild as he often does. This is probably one of his better performances, for he found the proper balance in his style of acting. Christopher Plummer does what he can with his character, and he does it very well; but he is upstaged (as is everyone) by Jodie Foster. Seriously, what in the world has she been doing? Where was this amazing and commanding force back when she was winning Oscars for performances that were beneath her obviously? I mean what she does here is leagues ahead of a lot of her more acclaimed performances.
In the end `Inside Man' is a very interesting and enjoyable heist film. It is not as smart as it appears to be, nor as intelligent as it wants to be, but it is as fun as it claims to be so check it out. The performances and the quick paced action will keep you glued even if the films preposterousness wages war on you later on. Just turn your mind off for a few hours and enjoy a good popcorn flick....more info
- Denzel... Same charactor as always. Nothing new.
As far as Spike lee films go, it's one of his better ones, and... least racial. As far as Denzel Washington films go, it's about the same as any other.
I got tired of Denzel after Crimson Tide. It seems he always has to have some racial element in his films. Here we get white cops who can't help themselves but throw racial terms around, a Nazi Jewish "white" guy, and a condescending "white" Jodie Foster. Denzel, of course, is the untouchable, unwavering, incorruptible, follow-the-law, smarter-then-the-people-around-him, black man, told to bend the rules, or accused of bending the rules by his white bosses, and chiefs.... even the mayor. It's the role he's been in so many times before, that Training Day was actually a nice change.
The story is simple, and interesting enough to watch all the way through, but there are no real surprises, and no exciting parts. Everything just moves along at the same pace through the film. It's more the interaction between the good actors that keeps this film flowing. Watch Ocean's 11, or the Italian Job if you want to watch something actually worth watching.
- Still On The Edge of My Seat
Inside Man begins with what looks like a typical bank robbery. Four people dressed as painters hold up the bank. Enter Detective Frazier, a tough streetwise cop on his first negotiating job. Frazier matches wits with the clever bank robber, Dalton Russell. While Frazier and Russell have the ultimate battle of wits, a twist occurs when Madeline White a sassy aid to the elite class of New York, enters wanting to talk with Dalton for her own purposes. This movie is truly a roller coaster ride with high-speed twist after twist leading the viewer to an unbelievable finish.
Director Spike Lee rejoins Denzel Washington for the fourth pairing of the actor- director duo. Clive Owen as Dalton Russell and Jodie Foster as Madeline White also join the two. A strong supporting cast makes this a solid group for the film.
Spike Lee does a good job of developing each of the main characters in the story and allows the audience to view things from each person's angle. Denzel Washington's character shares personal and professional experience, which shows what motivates him to do his job.The movie, reveals just enough about him to leave viewers wanting more.
The most thrilling part of the movie has to be the plot development. It is done in such a way as to keep watchers guessing throughout the whole movie. Each emergence of a new plot twist is unexpected and keeps the action going. The use of the interrogation scenes while the movie still flows throws another twist into the movie because it makes the viewer unsure of what is going on. Lee does a good job of keeping viewers on their toes but not allowing viewers to get lost in all that is happening in the scenes.
Inside Man is a thrilling ride that does not have the typical cops versus robber storyline. This is no family friendly movie. It is rated R for the use of stronger curse words, and a few sexually suggestive conversations and scenes. While it is possible that this detracts from some moviegoer's experiences, the plot and the character development alone make Inside Man a movie to see.
- Twisted and brilliant bank robbery movie...
Director: Spike Lee Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Plummer.
Bank robber Dalton (Owen) has taken over a Manhattan bank intending to commit a robbery. Detective Frazier (Washington) is the guy tasked with figuring out Russell's plan before the hostages start to die.
Inside Man's stock is raised by the presence of director Lee, who makes his most thrilling and enjoyable movie for some time. It's entertaining on almost every level.
Very good bank heist movie....more info
- Entertaining heist flick with some great back story
Very entertaining film with some spot on acting. Denzel is always strong, and thoroughly enjoyed Jodie Foster's character. Clive Owen was a big surprise for me as I normally am not a huge fan, but thought he was great to watch. The film plays a bit with some rashomonesque story telling and flashes, and it's intriguing to see the plot play out. A little bit long towards the end, but usually Spike Lee films are. The ending was a bit too pat for my tastes as well, but very much enjoyed it overall. Watched via Amazon on-demand as well, which worked pretty well for me. ...more info
- Almost perfect.
Besides the great story, the acting, the cinematography then there is the music.
I can watch this movie over and over.
I am just waiting on the BlueRay version to buy it.
This is Hollywood at it's best.
You think they could make more like these more often.
Thank you....more info
- Disappointing, given the cast.
This movie had great potential. I'm not a big fan of Spike Lee. I think his movies sort of drag out and impose his political viewpoints other than just entertaining the audience. This movie is no different. In fact, I got to a certain point of the movie and turned it off. Reason being, it was boring to say the least.
It dragged, it dealt with stereo types and racial profiles, it just didn't entertain. I felt Spike Lee's message was becoming just like all his other movies. I admit, when I saw Spike Lee's name on the movie, I knew right there it would be much of the same. But, in all do fairness, I decided to give it a chance. I should've went with my first instinct.
The cast was fantastic, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, these are "heavy-hitters" in the movies. Too bad the story didn't bring out their talents.
I would say to pass on this one. Only because it took too long to really tell the story. It needs to be edited to make it move a little more. Unless the Director believes that "editing" will stifle his creative vision. But, sometimes vision needs glasses in order to "focus" better....more info
- Good Movie
Good Movie , I thought this movie was good with a good story behind it ....more info
- Nearly a waste of time.
While Denzel turns in a decent performance as always it is far short of his best work. If you have seen man on fire or deja-vu, this will seem down right tepid. Likewise Willem Dafoe a sometimes brilliant actor ie (apocalypse now, boondock saints) also seems to be sleeping through his performance. Jodie Foster is a pleasure as an icy cool hard as nails *itch. A departure for her that Im sure she enjoyed. Clive owen is absolutely brilliant as the mastermind and never loses control of his performance. With all this talent, this film has the potential to be great, but in fact falls so short that I really have no need to watch it again. Hostage with Bruce Willis or firewall with Harrison Ford were far better movies of this sort. And Spike Lee's need to bring racial undercurrents to every movie he makes, shows that racism doesnt belong to any one race and gets tiresome quickly. I am a man of mixed racial heritage who grew up in Detroit and has lived in Boston and New York City and my world bears little resemblance to the one Spike seems to think he lives in. In the end its a good rental just to see Clive Owen and Jodie Foster but certainly not worth buying....more info
- Spike Lee Attempts Entertainment
Spike Lee was once "the Great White Hope." American liberal intellectuals were ready to lionize a young black filmmaker qualified to "speak" for black America. And he tried. Regrettably, movies like She's Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, School Daze, and Jungle Fever - though interesting as only worthy failures can be, were so self-congratulatory and preachy that they resembled A/V Op-Ed pieces more than movies.
Powered by a great true story and towering performance by Denzel Washington, Spike Lee did hit it out of the park once, with Malcolm X, since then it's been a pretty bleak season for the alleged vunderkind.
With the Inside Man, Lee ventures into uncharted territory - an exciting, action picture with an interesting psychological twist. To say he fails is to say the Germans lost WWII. This failure is made even more remarkable considering how much help he has. As with Malcolm X, the budget is lavish - this is a dressy film to watch. Marquee talent is everywhere, Clive Owen, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe, even Jodie Foster. With talent like this, only an idiot could go wrong, right? But Lee is a very special idiot, and he manages.
Despite all the hoopla, this is a one-gadget movie, and by the time it arrives you'll be wondering if Reno 911 is on. Not since the days of Marcel Marceau has anyone does less with less. Christopher Plummer looks great and gives a splendid performance, but unless his character became a bank president at 12, the entire premise of the movie is blown. Without that, the logic, motivation, and righteous indignation required to give this film any credibility at all are gone.
The turgid pace of this anti-thriller gives Lee plenty of time to indulge in the sort of simplistic, heavy-handed lecturing for which he is known ad nauseum. A little boy and his video game, "never forget" wall posters, a man and his turban, even breast size, all provide opportunities for Lee to beat his audience in the face.
Of all this film's shortcomings, the complete squandering of Jodie Foster is most puzzling. One imagines she doesn't work for free, and yet her character floats in and out of the action completely unexplained. Washington makes the most of a bad situation, and Clive Owen, an exceptional actor, tries hard to carry the freight. Unfortunately, there is no freight....more info
- The first 45 minutes are gripping. Then it goes down hill quickly. The ending is outrageously illogical.
The first 45 minutes are gripping. Then it goes down hill quickly. The ending is outrageously illogical.
Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster can't save the film.
It's worth renting for curiousity. ...more info
- Hated it...
I know this movie won't be shown at the boys and girls club! It is awful. ...more info
- A fun thriller with an interesting twist!
First off this looks great in HD, that being said the movie ain't that bad either! It's a fun movie that at sometimes is slow but has a nice twist near the end that hasn't been done in any other movie I can think of, and come on it's Denzel!...more info
- Inside Man HD-DVD
Good Movie with positive reviews on its picture and audio quality. Great price. 'Nuff said....more info
- Great Plot, Hi Def Video & Audio = Recommended!!!
One of those movies that stays with you and makes you think. Superb acting and plot twists. The quality of the image and audio makes this a great demo disc....more info
Inside Man is a cleverly made and action packed movie. Different plot twists make it a smarter than normal heist movie. It was cool to see Denzel Washington play his role smoothly, yet powerfully. Plus, the behind-the-scenes workings of Jodie Foster provide a sinister, politically thought provoking dimension.
Pleasantly surprised. Definitely recommend it....more info
- Inside Man
I was pretty doubtful upon seeing that this movie was directed by Spike Lee, I have seen some of his early films and found them to be unsatisfactory. But with "Inside Man" he creates a unique point of view that just adds to the stellar cast and excellently written plot. It had lots of twists and turns that kept me interested. ...more info
- Great Movie
Denzel is great in this movie, as he is in them all. The plot is a little far fetched, but worth the watch....more info
- 3 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
The movie runs a little bit too long, has no real purpose for Jodie Foster, and tries to pass off Christopher Plummer's character as someone who had influence during the Holocaust (assuming he was 35 in 1945, which is still a bit young to be running a bank, that makes him 96 in 2006), but avoids many of the pratfalls of similar heist movies and emerges as a watchable thriller....more info
- The strong expletives had my head spinning
A bank heist movie that makes you wonder if they'll get away with it. Good acting all around. Looked like Jodie Foster had a good time playing a character against type. However, the strong expletives had my head spinning. I felt like I needed to take a shower after it was over. Thus, I don't recommend this film....more info
This is a very good variation on the classic heist movie. A top quality cast all give fine performances, resulting in an entertaining and intelligent film. This second quality is important, since we've all seen heist movies before, but this one adds something extra to proceedings by making the owner of the bank (the as always excellent Christopher Plummer) a leading player in film for reasons that only become obvious in the 2nd half of the film.
This is more mainstream, than most Spike Lee films but he still stamps his own vision on the film. We should also be grateful that Spike realises the futility of buildings and cars exploding. Perhaps hollywood will learn one day. It goes without saying that the direction is good and the script equally so. Denzel Washington shares the acting honours with Plummer, if only because Clive Owen is behind a mask most of the time.
I have only seen the film once, but can imagine that it will improve with a few more viewings. Recommended.
- Slick Production
Spike Lee has directed a well crafted heist flick. Inside Man never sags and its all-star cast keeps the viewer glued to the storyline. Like all hostage negotiator films, Inside Man is a test of wits, but in this case the audience finds itself rooting for the negotiator (Danzel Washington) and the criminal (Clive Owen).
Heist films usually flip the audience sympathies to the criminal side and hostage negotiator stories always pull for the brainy police specialist, so this dual audience loyalty is a feat of storytelling. It is accomplished by establishing an antagonist not directly connected to the two main characters. The strength and venomousness of the antagonists makes or breaks action pictures. (You can't be heroic fighting against a wimpy bad guy.) Jodie Foster is so believable as a villain that she successfully deflects the audience wrath away from the two main contestants.
This is a stylish film, tightly edited with a great cast.
The Shut Mouth Society
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- How to review a movie I didn't even watch...
INSIDE MAN - Russian menus, audio in Russian or English, subtitles in Chinese or Chinese
And you guessed it. I'm still watching DVDs we brought from China. This one, for example, stars Denzel Washington and Jodiet Foster.
I have no reason to doubt it is as advertised, but I only lasted 15 minutes. The English audio was a bit distorted, no subtitles, and I'm sorry to report that Mr Washington developed a case of high-speed mumbles here. And, after all, it is only a bank hostage movie. Hard to care. Sorry folks.
- Spike, what were you thinking ?
The story is very ludicrous because it never spends time building the characters ... which takes talent on the part of the director. Spike ! What were you thinking ?
The dialogs are lame (perhaps a reflection of our lack of emphasis on education in the US). Older movies have such powerful dialogs that make you say "Wow ! I must use that sometime !".
One star for Inside Man....more info
- wish there were more being made
For my money, this is one of the better Hollywood pure entertainment films made in recent years. It's a lot of fun, the cast is as good as they come, the twists and turns in the plot are neat, the dialogue crackles, the direction is crisp, and it's a heist movie, one of the greatest of all subgenres. The one disappointing thing about it for me is that when the heist's ultimate masterplan is eventually revealed, you realize that it hinged on some very specific things to this particular bank and situation that couldn't be replicated elsewhere, so that takes away a bit of the satisfaction out of watching it unfold, to be perfectly honest. That quibble aside, highly recommended.
By the way, there is a nice extended version of the interrogation scene on the DVD but be warned that it runs about 20 minutes (!) and contains many re-edited elements that were used in a slightly different order in the film; maybe not a good idea to view that feature immediately after watching the film given its surprising length....more info
- Excellent heist movie!
I think this has to be the cleverest, most fascinating heist movie I've seen. It's definitely one I plan to watch again and again!...more info
- Geat Crime Caper
This begins with a chilling statement of intent by the leading man, and from then on it is a marvel of carefully planned and flawlessly executed bank robbery.
The trick is that although there are hang on the edge of your seat moments this gang has seemed to have foreseen and planned for everything. This is a great movie and you will not regret purchasing it. My companion and I watched it twice in two days just to get the most enjoyment out of it. It wears well!...more info