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Disney The Bank Job (Blu-ray) A small-time crook takeson a bank heist when an old friend offers him an inside track to the vault. Along with his hastily assembled team of low-rung criminals, Terry (Statham) finds himself deep into this real-life heist and quite suddenly the target of ruthless mobsters,the police, government officials at the highest level, 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 vigor, editing zippily with perfect clarity among multiple storylines and various colorful 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 flavor without getting fussy or detracting from the headlong rush of the story. A little sex, a lot of action, a sly sense of humor, 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 Bank Job
Action packed and fun to watch. Jason was great as always. "A must see"...more info
- A Bank Job Goes Wrong for All the Right Reasons!
THE BANK JOB is first class entertainment - a well-written script (Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais) with many twists and turns, face paced direction (Roger Donaldson), and a reliable cast of actors who know this genre well. AND it is all based on a true event from 1970 when a bank heist in London resulted in a number of falls of the heads of government who were locking away their 'dirty underwear' in the safety deposit boxes of a quiet bank on Baker Street. A great, unique movie this is not, but it is one that provides close to two hours of complex but highly suspenseful antics that keep the viewer glued to the screen.
Terry Leather (Jason Statham) isn't making it as a car salesman and has debts to pay to the crime world. He meets an old sweetheart Martine Love (Saffron Burrows) who proposes that Terry and his friends rob a bank that is due for security repairs and a fairly surefire safe means to instant wealth. Martine just happens to be working with a fellow who wants some rasty photographs of Princess Margaret in questionable sexual liaisons and has Martine setup the 'easy heist'. Terry and friends agree to the too-good-to-be-true venture and begin to burrow into the bank vault under cover of night and clever means. Once the 'keystone cops' of London arrive on the scene the comedy portion begins, but when Terry, Martine and friends successfully achieve their goal, all manner of complications occur and the ways in which police and governmental corruption color the picture makes for a solid ending. As a fine addendum, the true facts of this actual heist and resulting events are flashed on the screen before the closing credits.
The cast (including such fine actors as Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, Alki David, James Faulkner et al) seems to have a great time with the caper and there is just the right balance between suspense and comedy to make the movie work. And oh the secrets about naughty England we discover! Grady Harp, July 08...more info
- Not just another heist movie!
Once again, Jason Statham delivers another great action-oriented film. If you liked Lock, Stock, and two smoking barrels, then you will definitely like this movie. Heavy with english accents and wit, this movie delivers with an very interesting plot that also has some political ramifications. Just as we depend on modern technology to safeguard valuables, criminals depend on innovative methods to outwit them. ...more info
- Enjoyable caper flick
I saw this movie on Unbox and thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie is set in 70s-early 80s England and its fun to see the people wearing costumes from back then and driving around in the British cars from that period. Also I found the story intriguing and not out-of-the-world unrealistic as some movies tend to be, as its based on a true story. Acting in my opinion was above par and the movie did not have unnecessary scenes of violence.
So I hope you enjoy it, I certainly did....more info
- The Bank Job - Blu-ray Info
Version: U.S.A / Lionsgate / Region A
MPEG-4 AVC BD-25 / AACS / High Profile 4.1
Aspect ratio; 2.35:1
Running time: 1:52:01
Movie size; 19,67 GB
Disc size; 23,62 GB
Total bit rate; 23.42 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 18.32 Mbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2714 kbps 7.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 2714kbps (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1536kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 224kbps
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Number of chapters: 17
#Inside the Bank Job (SD - 17 minutes)
#The Baker Street Bank Raid (SD - 15 minutes)
#Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD - 6 minutes)
#DVD Digital Copy...more info
- Swinging Sixties with a little bank job
Action man Jason Statham typecast here as a tough guy once more, aptly so this time, heads a team of amateurs and professionals in a wee little heist that would allow them to retire comfortably.
Except for one problem...actually it's quite a few. Apparently, scandalous photographs of utmost importance got stolen and they are of royal and political implications to this robbery.
Roger Donaldson does a fine job directing this tightly edited crime thriller. It could have been another nifty heist film, except that once the heist is over, that's where it gets more interesting. Half-way through the film, all sorts of double-crossing, skulduggery takes place, with each party with its own agenda trying procure what they want.
This Blu-Ray edition does a good job showing the warm colours of sixties London in its full monty. It does help that Donaldson recreated the setting and the atmosphere to stay true to its period....more info
- The Bank Job
Excellent movie a comedy mixed with drama and real events. Great cast headed by Jason Statham all likable villians.Well worth watching. I give it a 10 out of 10....more info
- The Bank Job (Blu-ray).
Movie - 4.0
Something I've always noticed since watching Jason Statham is that the differences between his Hollywood and British movies are very distinct. His Hollywood titles are usually mindless action entertainment fluff, whereas his British (aka BETTER) movies are a lot more dramatic and/or whimsically written. Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch (the only two I've seen) are great, great pieces of film full of quirky characters, plot twists, excellent scripts, and a very dark style of comedy. The Bank Job is a slightly faulted return to form, portraying yet another heist gone bad, but with our protagonists coming out on top at the end. I liked it. As typical of myself and British scripts, I took a liking to the dialogue and subtle frankness that Brits have in their language such as their accents and colloquialisms (I find it funny to call someone a wanker or say the word "bollocks"). On top of that, the film itself did a very good job of pacing all 3 acts: the setup, the job, and the getaway. Drama and thrills abound in this movie with good writing, decent characters, and a retro feel to the '70s. I was rather impressed by the staging, set designs, and costumes, having been born in the '80s myself, and thus not as familiar with what was. The one complaint I did have, though, was with the tone of the film. Of the 3 British gangster/heist movies I've seen (Lock, Stock, Snatch, and Layer Cake), I found Bank Job to be just a tad lacking in terms of a strong screenplay. Guy Ritchie put a great deal of quirkiness into Lock, Stock and Snatch, while Matthew Vaughn put a lot of grit into Layer Cake. However, I simply felt Bank Job fell short of this by not putting enough emphasis on any particular aspect of the story or characters. But regardless, it's still a very good movie for what they had to work with (being based on a true story and all).
Video - 4.0
What a strange and fickle job of cinematography. I saw so many instances of reference video, but then other scenes would be too high in contrast or too saturated in hue. It's a good transfer, don't get me wrong. It's just a damn inconsistent one from shot to shot at times. Black levels are solid, and there's very little, if any grain present from what I saw. Sharpness is pretty high quality as well, but getting back to those contrast and hue problems, it had a tendency to make skin tones look a bit smudgy every now and then. But some up close shots were amazingly detailed. It was so clear you could see every line, wrinkle, and pore in a person's face as if they were standing right in front of you. Too bad it just didn't stay that way the entire time.
Audio - 4.5
Being a drama, dialogue takes up a majority of the sound stage. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well discrete sound effects and music were placed throughout the entire length of the film in this DTS-HD 7.1 track. The side and rear speakers actually had quite a bit of directionality in terms of very subtle dings, taps, and other various background noises, which may seem like overkill for a drama, but impressive, nonetheless. Overall sound is very crisp, and I'd even say it's just short of demo'ing a 7.1 setup. I subtract that extra half point because, well, dramas aren't really demo quality material anyway. Great effort by Lionsgate, though.
Extras - 2.5
Only two segments are presented in widescreen SD, one about production of the movie, the other about the actual story. They're interesting to a degree, but hardly worth watching aside for a little trivia.
Overall - 4.0
The Bank Job is a very good heist movie that better showcases the acting abilities of Jason Statham. It's not quite on par with other titles branching from the Guy Ritchie/Matthew Vaughn mold, but there's enough drama, thrills, and even some sensuality in this particular one to keep you entertained if you're looking for a refreshing change of pace to get the absurdities of Transporter 2 or Crank out of your head. The video is a bit finicky, but the audio is excellent, making The Bank Job a solid recommendation for heist/thriller fans....more info
- Friskily Frolicking
Mick Jagger earns a few honest dollars as a clerk in The Bank Job. This is just one interesting detail in a movie that overwhelms you with details. The acting is sound, the direction is excellent, and the plot keeps your interest. There are several bizarre twists and turns. It's filmmaking at its best.
It's based on a true story, the robbing of a London bank in 1971. Director Roger Donaldson pointed out in the DVD commentary that he researched court transcripts and visited actual locations. The robbers tunneled under the bank, broke into the vault, and looted scores of safe-deposit boxes. They grabbed a fortune in cash and other valuables, much of which was never claimed because it was dirty.
But it turns out that the boxes also contained incriminating photos involving the Royal Family and a ledger that documented massive police corruption. So, it was not the "simple" heist that the thieves had planned. They are pursued by powerful and vicious people.
The robbers are a motley crew of petty criminals who were tricked into the heist by Martine Love (Saffron Burrows). She made a deal with the government in order to escape prosecution for a drug bust. If she can get those nasty photos she will walk. So, she recruits Terry Leather (Jason Statham), a former lover who runs a shady used car operation that is deeply in debt to a loan shark. The tough and resourceful Leather puts together a band of hoods who are oddly innocent and loyal to each other. Leather and a couple of the others come off as rather solid family men. They seem to be "blokes" who want a big score to escape tedious lives.
There's some of that distinctively droll British humor. It's made clear that the British mind-set differs markedly from our Wild West mentality here in the colonies. And the film leaves you contemplating a titillating question that has never been answered. Was that Princess Margaret friskily frolicking in the Caribbean?...more info
- When you open Pandora's box, you just never know what you'll find in it
Set in the swinging London of 1971, "The Bank Job" is a riotously fun heist film that's loosely based on actual events. Known then as the "walkie-talkie bank job," it was the biggest bank robbery of its time and probably the most controversial. Apparently, the loot from this heist did not consist merely of cash and jewels, but some rather more important documents that could embarrass the royal family.
The heist is prompted, really, by the British government's inability to incarcerate a criminal slumlord and pimp, Michael Abdul Malik, known as Michael X (Peter De Jersey). A self-styled gadfly and pseudo-Black-Panther wannabe from Trinidad, he holds a get-out-of-jail card in the form of photographs he'd taken earlier of a Very Improper Personage (later to surface as Princess Margaret) in very compromising...uh...positions with lovers during an island escapade. These photos are kept in his safe deposit box at Lloyds Bank. Also in one of the boxes is a ledger kept by the smut king Lew Vogel (played by the versatile David Suchet), detailing payoffs to crooked cops, and another box kept by a `Madame,' the contents of which depict certain MPs in...uh...non-parliamentary scenarios. Evidently, everyone's been a naughty boy and girl.
Meanwhile, a former model with East End roots, Martine Love (Saffron Burrows), is aided by a her lover, an MI5 spook, in beating the rap for transporting drugs into the UK. In exchange, she has to call on her petty criminal friends to break into the Lloyd's Bank vault and retrieve the compromising photos of said VIP. Innocent of the true motive behind the heist, her friend Terry Leather (Jason Statham) agrees to the proposition, himself needing fast cash to pay off debts to some scary thugs. The crew consists of Terry, Martine, Terry's friends Kevin Swain (Stephen Campbell Moore), Dave Shilling (Daniel Mays), and Eddie Burton (Michael Jibson), and outside help in a Maj. Guy Singer (con artist extraordinaire), and Bambas (a tunneling expert). The plan is to take over the lease of a handbag store, Le Sac, and tunnel from its underground to the chicken take-out store adjacent to the bank, and finally into the bank's vault itself. (Their total loot was reportedly ¡ê4M.) Terry suspects that Martine is hiding something, and as things get even more complicated, the crew finds themselves chased by the MI5, the cops, and Vogel's henchmen, as well as engaging in a bargain brokered by Lord Mountbatten himself! (Absurdly hilarious, but who knows? Real life is stranger than fiction.)
Terrific acting all throughout, especially by Statham, and lots of twists and turns to keep things fresh. Swinging London was depicted extraordinarily well; production values were superb. A bit of comic dialogue and scenes in between ups the fun factor. One of the DVD extras which shows photos of the actual crime scene, especially the tunnel dug through Le Sac, were quite interesting. Comparing them to the film, the meticulous duplication of details was remarkable. The heist itself was audacious and entertaining, but it's the back-stories that bring real excitement into this. The actual heist is a true story but the damning photos are mere conjecture. A D-Notice (a sort of gag-the-press action) was issued at the time of the real events and it never surfaced as fact that the photos were indeed of Princess Margaret. She did have a party-girl image in the 1960s, and her exploits were fodder for the British rags. Michael X himself was hanged in Trinidad in 1975, but his file still remains closed until 2054. Though the robbery made the headlines, it quickly died down only after a few days. What was really behind all this? Well, that's left for the viewer to speculate. After all, that's part of the entertainment....more info
- Smart thriller
In the midst of a whole heck of a lot of action thrillers in which the emphasis is squarely on how much demolition can be done--and by the way, here's a special feature to show how--The Bank Job, while in fact including that, focuses on the human element much more than these other movies and comes out a winner for it.
The premise is novel and Jason Statham reveals aspects of a character he hasn't really portrayed before--someone with smarts enough to talk his way through some gritty situations, as well as someone who cheats on his wife with a former colleague and manages to get away with it. He's the soul of the movie, but it's a lot of fun to see David Souchet play a bad guy, very different from the terrorist bad guy in Executive Decision. In The Bank Job, Suchet sports a wig that can only be called a "rug" and interestingly enough, one of the special features is the director Roger Donaldson discussing all the work that went into defining the look of the movie, whose setting is 1970's London--including Souchet's hairpiece!
This is a reallly entertaining movie based, in fact, on a true story about robbers getting away with 4 million pounds, just to make sure upper level government officials secure some pretty scandalous photos which were stashed away in one of the bank's safety deposit boxes--i.e., robbers keep the cash as long as they turn over the photos.
Not as simple as might be thought; all kinds of complications arise, and that's where the fun is.
Highly entertaining; definitely recommended....more info
- We're the Sweeney...You're Nicked!
Actually this film does not involve the Sweeney Metropolitan Police Flying Squad) but it does have Jason Statham doing a really good impersonation of Grant Mitchell from Eastenders.
Personally I think this film is a complementary piece of work to a film of a few years ago, Scandal, as both movies give a very convincing portrayal of Britain in the 1960's and '70's. with the sleazy concoction of political power, the Establishment, the secret services and the filtering down through to the lowest criminal classes.
Purists amy argue that some of the scenes in the film are anarchronistic but one must accept that given the tremendous changes which have transformed London in the last fifty years, some artistic licence is inevitable.
The film reminds me in a sense of the Long Good Friday, a superb movie with Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and a short appearance from a young Piers Brosnan in that the vital essence of Britain's capital. Also every aspect of this film is excellent, plot, screenplay, cinematography, acting, credibility everything. The language is a tad worse than in your average movie but it certainly seems appropriate.
I have no hestitation in recommending this film to a discerning adult audience....more info
- Very disappointing...
I was very excited to see this movie after all the great reviews I read. What a huge disappointment! It was not entertaining in the least, and the audience is never made to care about any of these characters. In fact, the characters don't really care about each other, either.
There is a sad lack of humor, action, or even a light at the end of the tunnel. Who are we rooting for in this film? I'm not sure really. It was a sad disappointment, especially since I was so interested in seeing the film....more info
- Not What I Expected...
I thought this was going to have hard-core action, but I didn't know it was about stealing safety deposit boxes, and in one of the boxes, has pictures of a royal princess getting naked and getting gang-banged by some black guys! It was just alright. If it wasn't for Jason Statham being in it, I probably wouldn't have watched it. I wouldn't recommend THE BANK JOB!!!
But, if you liked Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch (like my husband) you will love it. ...more info
- The thieves know the least
I like Jason Statham. Not all of his movies are great choices for him but this movie was a surprise. It was so good and didn't get a lot of press. It is based on a true story that was kept quiet for many years. It's a British bank heist where most of the thieves knew little of what was actually the objective. I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Just see it....more info
- Good one........
Think "Snatch" & "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"!
Good movie, Jason Statham rarely disappoints and doesn't once again in "The Bank Job"!
I wasn't sure about this movie, the preview looked good, several sketchy reviews said otherwise. As usual, the big time, well known reviewers were wrong!
The movie keeps you guessing with twists and turns, best yet, it was apparently written about the actual 1971 true-life robbery of a bank in Baker Street, London, from which the money and valuables stolen were never recovered.
Don't miss out on "The Bank Job"!...more info
- great movie
If like most tradtional action movies, this would be good one to get. I do not care for many action films, anymore but this one is pretty good. worth the 16 dollars or so. But if wait couple of months, bet you can get for 10 dollars in no time. ...more info
- Great movie to watch.....
I like to keep it simple. This movie was good. Not a waste of money. ...more info
- A fine way to spend an evening
The Bank Job is a heist movie. Heist films usually have three elements. First they are usually ensemble movies, (The Thomas Crown Affair being an obvious exception), the heist is a contest of wits and a race against time, and the protagonists look to be caught but in the end get away with the loot through some interesting plot twist.
This makes the antagonist exceptionally important. The antagonist must be a worthy opponent, but because a heist is basically robbery, this authority figure or competing criminal must lose and the audience needs to cheer their loss. Tough. Compared to a standard cop and robber story, a heist movie flips the audience sympathies to the bad guys.
Judged as a heist movie, The Bank Job deserves three stars. The biggest problem is that the story is loosely based on actual events. Not loosely enough because the storyline works too hard to bring the three elements together. (The gang actually takes a nap in the middle of the robbery.) Real life can be stranger than fiction, but not always more entertaining.
Judged as a drama, The Bank Job deserves four stars for a tight script, good acting, and interesting characters. American films shot abroad tend to chose picture postcard sites, but foreign films shot at home show the seamier side of their country. The Bank Job is a British film and it will never be confused with an American film shot in England. The feel and style of the movie is entirely British and part of its charm.
If you're a heist film aficionado, this may not be in your top 5, but if you like a well-crafted movie with a talented cast, you'll enjoy The Bank Job.
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- Good from Start to Finish
Too many movies these days start off strong then falter in the middle and end up poorly. Not so with the Bank Job. This is an entertaining, well crafted, well acted movie from start to finish. When it was over all I could think of was "that was a great movie". Another enjoyable facet of this movie was the recreation of the early 1970's, with all of the great English cars around at that time. I spotted my old 1970 Rover 3500s, so I knew they were getting the cars right, as well as the clothes, and what London looked like then. All of the actors were very accomplished, but as the producer said, when you're filming in England, you have an abundance of acting talent to choose from, and they did. Oh, and did I mention this movie was also funny! This movie succeeds on all levels and is worthy of the critical acclaim it has received....more info
- Tha Bank Job, terrific movie
The Bank Job
Wonderful movie, still on at the box office in New Zealand when received. True to the description of suspense, intrigue and a true story.
Very well directed and a great cast.
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- The Dialect Gets A Lil' Old
This was a good movie only because it starred Jason Statham! He's so brute forced and awesome! The UK voices got a little old while watching the movie....more info
- OK, but...
I found the action a bit like a "set in the UK" version of the Ocean's XX trilogy. A little deja vu for me. What did intrigue me was the claim that it was based on a true story.
There are better movies of this genre out there, at least for me....more info
- The good reviews from critics were right
I wasn't really interested in The Bank Job until I caught Ebert and Roeper on the tube and heard mucho praise from Richard Roeper, as well as, the guest critic at the time. I wouldn't put this on my top ten of the year list, but it was suspenseful and downright entertaining from start to finish. I'm not the biggest Jason Statham fan, mainly because he always looks and sounds the same in every role, but here he shows a little more range and is quite likeable. Overall, this is a worthy rental that got overlooked by many during it's theatrical run....more info