The Bank Job

The Bank Job

In Theatres: 
Mar 07, 2008
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 50 Minutes

When a group of small time thieves take a job breaking into a bank they find themselves mixed up with all the wrong sorts and end up trying to use what they’ve found to save their own lives.  I’ve always been a fan of crime stories, especially ones with a large diverse amount of characters that expands the world of the story. You’ve got your anti-hero, your handful of villains, and you’ve got your good guy thrown into the mix of things. With so much going on and transpiring between each separate storyline it might seem like a lot to soak in but like all good storytellers, writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, manage to keep the plot interesting up until the reveal which brings everything into perspective, oh and director Roger Donaldson does a good job to.

Jason Statham, who plays the leader of the bank robbers, manages not to beat the living snot out of everyone in the film as has become his character glitch but doesn’t stray to far from his usual interpretation. With that being said the film owes much of its praise for not wasting time on worthless dialogue. Sure there are a couple of one liners tossed in there that the audience laughed at but most of it manages to stay within the context of the mood. It’s a high anxiety film that draws moments of anticipation and fear for some of the characters who find time among the monster cast to allow investment in the audience. Its not an Oscar worthy feat but its probably the better of heist movies that I have seen in the past few years.

AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
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