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      09.05.2010 12:04
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      Still a very good film, if shorter would have been awesome

      I recently purchased the Inside Man from play.com as it looked pretty decent and had some big name stars in it (Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Willem Dafoe to name a few); plus it only cost me £3.00!

      The film was made and released in 2006 and features Denzel Washington playing detective Keith Frazier playing the negotiating cop after a large scale bank robbery. The plot is good and ever evolving, very much of the Oceans Eleven mould, making the viewer think all the time and working things out. I prefer this plot style as hate movies which literally spoon feed you for an hour and a half!

      The film begins when Dalton Russell the main man orchestrating the entire ban job (played by Clive Owen) gives a little speech about the difference between being in a confined space and prison. This doesn't really make sense at first because we don not know the context of his speech and how it relates to the story, but all is revealed later in the film. From here there is a brief venture into the world of Detective Frazier, before news that a bank robbery has occurred in the city. The robbers enter the bank and use some kind of ultraviolet light to knock out all of the security cameras inside the bank. They quickly overpower the bank staff and get everybody onto the ground. Next they do something ingenious, they make everyone get out of their clothes and put on black jump suits and hats, meaning that nobody can tell the difference between people, civilians and robbers.

      I shan't give much more away. Frazier enters into negotiation with the robbers, quite unsuccessfully and then more characters enter. Arthur Case is the bank manager played by Christopher Pummer and he has some deep and dark secrets locked in his safety deposit box inside the bank and he would do anything to make sure that these secrets are kept uncovered otherwise his reputation will be in tatters. What's in the box? I'm not going to tell you, you'll have to watch and see, but the story takes quite a twist as now there is more to the robbery than it originally appeared.

      Overall, I though that the Inside Man was a good film, but it could have been made a lot better. The runtime of the film is 129 minutes and I felt that this was rather too long given the high intensity and need to concentrate on what is happening quite intently. I think that if the film was shortened by around twenty minutes and the structure changed to concentrate more on the action and less on the back story, it would have been far more successful. Towards the end of the film I began to lose interest a little bit because not much was happening and I had been watching for quite sometime with a high level of interest and concentration. The ending was good though, again making you think things through in your head and pulled the film back up in terms of a rating. I did enjoy the plot and liked the clever elements which had been put in which made the plot work, the fact that all of the hostages were made to change their dress, the variations of the name Steve used by the robbers to completely conceal their identity and the forward thinking of the robbers when they anticipated that Frazier would bug the pizzas which he sent in as food and therefore put a tape of the Albanian prime minister on for his amusement! When I go back over these points it makes me realise that it was actually a good film, but it is definitely too long. For me I think it deserves 3 out of 5.

      An interesting film, with a very good plot. Plus if you're a fan of Denzel Washington his performance as Detective Keith Frazier is very convincing and is definitely a highlight.

      Notable Cast Members:

      Denzel Washington - Detective Keith Frazier
      Clive Owen - Dalton Russell
      Jodie Foster - Madeleine White (I didn't mention her in the review because her role is quite limited, but she is basically brought into help Arthur Case to conceal his secret hidden inside the safety deposit box in the bank)
      Christopher Plummer - Arthur Case
      Willem Dafoe - the Police Captain

      Runtime - 129 minutes (too long for me, should be shorter)

      Certificate 15 - moderate language and sexual references

      Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

      Beanie8844.

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        05.04.2010 10:58
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        Inside Man

        Inside Man

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        General information
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        Running time: 129 minutes
        Category: drama
        Year: 2006
        Director: Spike Lee
        Language: English
        Country: United States

        Actors:
        Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier
        Clive Owen as Dalton Russell
        Jodie Foster as Madeleine White
        Christopher Plummer as Arthur Case
        Willem Dafoe as Captain John Darius

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        Inside man is about a bank robbery, the perfect bank robbery if you ask Dalton Russell. He and his team are robbing a bank in New York and let all hostages take off their clothes and put on clothes that make them look like them. The hostages also have to give their mobile phones and wallets. The police is quickly at the scene of bank and Detective Keith Frazier is in charge. In the beginning he's quite sure of himself and thinks he got the situation under control, but soon he will discover that that's not the case. Meanwhile the head of the board of the bank get's informed about the bank robbery and is alarmed. He calls Madeleine White who needs to safe what's inside his box in the safe at the bank. There's is something valuable inside that box and he doesn't want the robbers get their hands on. Madeleine is an expert but will she succeed and will Detective Keith Frazier solve this robbery before people starting to die?

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        I really enjoyed the acting in this movie, but it wasn't a big surprise when you look at the actors who play in this movie. First of all you got Denzel Washington who plays the detective in this movie who has to handle the bank robbery. He's confident but in a way not that successful. He thinks he's in control of the situation, but loses his grip more and more. Good part of Denzel and really liked his character here. Jodie Foster plays the part of Madeleine Withe, the person that rich people call if they need something done. This time she needs to make sure the robbers don't leave with something in a deposit box and goes in herself. I liked her in the movie and she comes across somebody you don't want to mess around with. The bad guy is played by Clive Owen, a British actor who I really enjoyed in this movie. Always good to have a British actor in a movie, gives it more quality.

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        I do watch a lot of movies and was surprised I hadn't heard of this movie yet, even tho it's out since 2006. Normally I would have been aware of a movie starring Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster. Unfortunately I haven't but glad i saw the movie now! I really enjoyed the movie and first I was afraid it was your standard cat and mouse game with the robbers and the police, but there's a god twist in the story which makes it more interesting. The story is well told and little by little you get to figure out how the bank robbery really happened. A nice interesting movie with good actors who prove they can really act.

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          06.03.2010 10:00
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          Well worth a watch.

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          Released in 2006 and directed by Spike Lee, Inside Man revolves around Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) who thinks he's planned the perfect bank robbery. Leading the police is hostage negotiator Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington), who tries to outsmart Russell but seems to be one step behind him all of the way. Madeline White (Jodie Foster) complicates the issue with her own agenda and as the situation becomes more unstable the stakes get higher for everyone.

          Although the idea of a bank heist isn't anything new, this film adds interesting twists and turns to make it into more than a run of the mill Hollywood thriller. What's great about this film is that although it's suspenseful with great characters, it's also clever and with genius moments of humour.

          There were some plot holes in the film but I think it's important to just go with it and enjoy the experience instead of picking apart the flaws the story had. This film is less than 2 hours and if it had explained every detail we'd have very sore behinds by the end. I think the unexplained actually adds to the intrigue by letting the viewer come to their own conclusions instead of giving it to them on a plate.

          The film was done using two timelines and I think this makes it stand out above the more run of the mill thrillers that start at the beginning and build up to the big finale. Although you know the outcome of the heist you don't know the why or how and this enables the tension to build. I felt that the only problem with this approach was that it took a little longer than necessary to tie things up at the end.

          The script is clever with some of the best dialogue being between Russell and Frazier. It's set in New York and the director has really captured cool vibe of Manhattan alongside the gritty city streets. The music goes along with the scenes perfectly adding just the right amount of tension and drama at all the right moments.

          The other really clever thing is that it makes the viewer sympathise with both the cop and the robber. I found myself rooting for both of them to get their desired outcome. This conflict of interests made the film more exciting from my point of view and I found it a novel concept to want both parties to come out on top.

          I thought the cast were on top form and suited their roles brilliantly. Denzel Washington was the star of the show, although he's played several cops before he brings an understated elegance to the character and avoids any clichés as the negotiator who's met his match. Clive Owen is becoming increasingly impressive in his roles and I think he proves he can act here giving a strong performance despite spending half the film behind a mask. Although I thought Jodie Foster was great as the ruthless and domineering White, she was a little underused which was a shame because her part had potential to be really fascinating. I thought Christopher Plummer was fantastic as the bank manager with a secret but Willem Dafoe seemed a little uncomfortable as the police captain.

          Overall this is a pretty good film. There are a few flaws but that definitely shouldn't put you off, it's enjoyable, intelligent and well worth a watch. It is currently being sold on Amazon for £3.97.

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            27.02.2010 20:50
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            Good directing, as well as acting from both denzel washington and clive owen. WATCH IT NOW!

            A bank, that is robbed in not the usuall way is the storyline of this movie. The perpetrators disguise themselves as decorators to gain entry into manhatten trust bank, and take the customers and staff hostage in order to make sure they get away. However, it is not cash they want, it is the evidence and diamonds of the war crimes in one of the safety deposit boxes owned by the banks founder.

            Denzel Washington plays a great role as the lead detective (det. frazier) in charge of negotiating with the perps, in order to ensure the safety and release of the hostages. His quick wit, and genious makes him very interesting as a character and a perfect match for Dalton (Clive Owen) who is share a mutual respect for each others ability.

            Throughout, there are scenes of interviews with the hostages and perps of the robbery, with the viewer unable to tell one form the other most of the time. The reason is that everyone is dressed the same upon release and during the robbery, making indetification hard, if not impossible for the police and the hostages themselves.

            The escape of the main robber, clive owen, is cleverly done as he just walks out the front door just as he claimed he would throughout the movie.

            The comedy, action, great storyline and the relationship between the detective and the main criminal, is what makes this film a great one. One that should not be missed, and one that i will watch over and over.

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            22.02.2010 12:12
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            Good Spike Lee film

            Inside Number is a by the numbers crime thriller whichj is pretty good and was directed by Spike Lee which came as a bit of a surprise as I never realised until I got to the end of the film.

            In the film Clive Owen stars as Dalton Russell who is leading a gang of robbers on the heist of a New York bank and the film opens with him and his men taking all of the workers hostage and securing themselves in the building. On the outside is a police negotiator called Keith Frazier who is played by Denzil Washington. Actually one of the things that attracted me to the film is that alongside these two you also have Jodie Foster as Madeline White a sort of high flying fixer and Christopher Plummer as Arthur Case the banks owner and someone who is very worried as some of the contents of the banks vault are things he does not want to come into the posession of others and he uses White to solve his problem.

            What I liked about this film is the numerous twists and turns that take place in the plot which moves along at a good pace, I liked the twist that all the hostages are made to wear the same sort of masks and jumpsuits as the robbers making it hard to identify who is actually who in the film and for the police officers outside.

            The film jumps around in time so while you are seeing the robbery take place you also see Farzier interviewing some of those involved to find out what happened, it reminded me a bit of The Usual Suspects in the way this was done.

            As with any Spike Lee film there are a few messages to get across and in this it is not always the robbers that are portrayed as the bad guys, indeed big business and the banking hotshots are more often cast in that role and there are some subtle references to racism in the New York police as well

            The acting is top quality and Washington and Foster deliver excellent performances especially Foster who is such a versatile actress. I would definately recommend this film as it is well worth seeing and at £3.98 on Amazon it is worth splashing the cash to see it.

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              07.02.2010 03:21
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              Don't get any ideas for robbing a bank

              I have watched this film on dvd in the past, however just recently watched it again also on itv2. Its a good film, all based around a bank robbery (with a twist). When i say its based around a bank robbery I mean its based around a bank, the film doesnt move away from here.


              *** Cast

              Denzel Washington
              Clive Owen
              Jodie Foster

              These are the main three stars I would say that catch your eye on the actual front cover of the dvd.



              *** Plot

              Ok so Clive Owen and his team (who are dressed in jump suits disguised as painters) take a whole hose of hostages from within the bank. They make the hostages wear the same jumpsuits as them. A bit of negotiating goes on between Clive and Denzel, however towards the end of the film everyone from the bank emerges, however they all look the same as they are all dressed in the jumpsuits. Even the hostages don't know who did it as they didn't see what the team looked like.

              Throught the film it flicks alot between then and present. For example it will show you the hostages within the bank with Clive and his team, yet it will then switch to the Police Station in which Denzel is questioning everyone who came out of the bank.


              *** Overall Opinion

              Its a good film for everyone, pretty easy to follow along, no rude scenes, hardley no violence, there is a shooting scene however it turns out it was fake. The film was made in 2006, quite modern filming and surroundings. I would watch it again, its not the most thrilling and gripping film, however the clever and crafty way in which the robbery is carried out makes you want to watch it to find out how it happened.


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              *** Ending ( Don't read if you don't want it to spoill the it)

              Clive Owen & his team, never took any of the money from the bank, didn't hurt any one in the process and appears to have left the bank, however turns out Clive got away with the robbery because instead of leaving with everyone else in the jumpsuits, he dug a whole behind one of the false walls in the banks and stayed there a week hiding out. He then emmerges in ordinary clothing with the diamond (he took) and he walks stright out of the bank with no one fluttering an eylid. Because the time he walks out the who bank robbery situation had been forgotton about and the case was discontinued.


              Hope this helps

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                26.11.2009 13:55
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                Mostly a very good thriller

                note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

                Spike Lee is one of the most political and polemical filmmakers there is, having directed films such as the brilliant Do the Right Thing, and He Got Game (starring Denzel Washington). The thought of Lee directing a heist film just seems quite strange, but within a few minutes of watching Inside Man, it all becomes clear: what better situation to levy his thoughts on race and good and evil than in a heist situation? Denzel Washington shines in this intense bank heist thriller that's unconventional for Lee, but nevertheless well executed.

                An opening narration introduces us to Dalton Russell (Clive Owen), who rather confidently asserts that he's going to pull the wood over our eyes and trick us throughout the film. And boy, that would certainly be right, and he plans to commit the "perfect" bank robbery, we slowly discover just how clever he is. While the heist begins, detectives Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) arrive to try and diffuse the situation, while the head of the bank Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer) tries to get there to cover up some rather nasty secrets he has locked away in the bank.

                Although the thriller isn't Lee's forte, he weaves a cleverly constructed plot here, with great peformances from his cast. It does have his usual indulgences, such as making comments on race that seem rather shoe-horned in, but overall it is well worth a watch due to a crackling, mysterious plot. A highly intelligent, expertly-plotted, and brilliantly-acted thriller. It has your typical commentaries from Lee, which, thankfully, you can either give and take and they fail to mire what was a great film.

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                29.10.2009 09:41
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                Novel idea - worth a watch

                ***What's It All About?***

                This is basically your bank robbery caper, which seems as if it is impossible to pull off - or is it? It is kind of in the mould of Ocean's 11, in that you as the viewer watching it, find out how it unravels as you watch. The film opens with some narration by Clive Owen (as the robber) and you see the normal hustle and bustle of daily life in a bank in New York. Painters arrive at the bank and are about to start their work. They immediately secure the bank and keep everyone in the building as hostages. They are dressed in painting overalls and masks and demand that everyone in the bank changes into the same. Denzel Washington (Keith Frazieer) is called in as a negotiator and Jodie Foster (Madeleine White) appears to represent the bank; she is told to retrieve at all costs the contents of a safety deposit box (which the detective is to know nothing about) You are supposed to be guessing...calculating all the way through how it can be pulled off. In fact, what is it that they are trying to rob? This you don't find out until almost the end.

                ***Main Cast***

                Denzel Washington - Detective Keith Frazier

                Clive Owen - Dalton Russell

                Jodie Foster - Madeleine White

                Christopher Plummer - Arthur Case

                Willem Dafoe - Captain John Darius

                Director - Spike Lee .

                ***Acting***

                The acting was generally good - there are some big stars in this film - Denzel Washington played the consumate detective, he plays every part well, but for me some of them are a bit too similar; even though he wasn't a detective in The Taking of Pelham 123 - I felt the characters could have been in either movie. This wasn't a demanding part - kind of acting by numbers, but he did a good job and kept your attention.
                Which brings me to Clive Owen - I must be the only person who has a dislike for this actor - I think in every film he plays Clive Owen -even as Sir Walter in the Elizabeth the Golden Age, he is the same. Dialogue spoken in monotone, very intense and kind of arrogant. I can't warm to him at all - I really don't feel like you get inside the character. I am sure there will be plenty of people who disagree with me, we shall see...

                Jodie Foster was adept in her performance as she always is. I like her delivery of her quick witted dialogue and find her very entertaining to listen to and I think that she nailed the character of an ambitious fixer very well.

                There were other notable performances and overall the portrayal of all the characters was to a high standard - I particularly liked the performance of the young boy in the film. When he is questioned as to if he was scared at any time he replies "Nah, I'm from Brooklyn!" Good acting on the whole.

                ***Soundtrack***

                The soundtrack is a really integral part of the movie; the music is quite strange I felt and a bit reminiscent of the detective series that might have been around in the 1960's - plenty of brass instruments and piano. At first, it got on my nerves a little, but definitely added to the overall style and feel to the film.

                ***Overall Opinion***

                As I have mentioned it as a main disadvantage, I will emphasis it again - TOO MUCH SWEARING!!! I am not a prude, but in this film I felt it was gratuitous and was simply overused. The plot and story were perfectly good on their own and I cannot understand why writers have to do this. If it had been toned down, it could have been given a lower certificate and would have had a wider audience.

                There were alot of different characters to keep track of in this film and so you really need to pay attention. The film also uses the device of the 'flashfoward' showing hostages being interviewed at the end as to what has happened. At first this seems a little confusing and you wonder what this adds to the plot, but by the end of the film, you see it's use. I think that the lighting and the way these 'flashfowards' are filmed is quite effective.

                The plot was the star of this film and kept you guessing and trying to predict what would happen all the way through - which I think is the sign of a good film. I like this type of film where you can see the cleverness of the whole thing unfold before your eyes.

                I think the film could have done with being 20 minutes shorter, because at times I was anxious to get to the punchline and the last 30 minutes was very drawn out. The ending was ok, but could have been better. The characterisation of the robbers, their motivation and prior knowledge of the bank are all a bit neglected I thought -perhaps this is to keep an air of mystery and for the audience to fill in the blanks.

                Acting as I have said was good overall and generally you know you are in for a decent film with the actors involved.

                ***General Info***

                Certificate 15

                Running time 123 minutes

                Studio - Universal Pictures Video

                ***Availability***

                It is available from Amazon for £4.68, which is a good price if you wish to add it to your collection, as rental would not be that much less.

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                  13.08.2009 20:39
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                  Good film

                  Inside man is a film starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen, released in 2006 the perfect bank robbery is about to take place, Owen is the lead robber in this film and the mastermind behind the whole plan, Washington plays a hostage negotiator to calm the situation down, when Owen's character and his gang take the bank and the people inside it under control, it's up to Washington to sort the whole problem out, little do they know just how perfect the robbery was...

                  The plot for this film is nothing spectacular until towards the end, for 75% of this film it's your normal bank robbery/heist film, robbers go into the bank, terrorise their hostages and try and escape, the difference with this film is the escape, this is where the film takes a little bit of a step up from most films of the same plot, although there are obvious plot holes and problems, forgetting those and remembering it's just a film to take a few hours of your life of boredom away makes this film quite good.

                  The acting os very good, I never really liked or watched Clive Owen in anything else before, however I thought he was perfect for this role, maybe it's the voice, I certainly didn't see any appeal in him in Duplicity. Washington is not exactly a new actor but for some reason he han't been on my radar until recently, after seeing an interview with him and then this film my radar is fully locked on to keep up to date with any of his past, current and future films. The film also stars Jodie Foster, she doesn't play a huge role but is more than adequate in what she is given, not exactly a complex role it must be said.

                  The soundtrack for the film, it stars and ends with a rather unusual bollywood/indian theme style music, not sure why and it doesn't exactly fit with the film, other than that there's not a huge amount of music, special features were lacking for me...although that may be because I actually forgot to look at them, I am assured there are some although I stupidly missed them when I watched this film.

                  Overall, it's not a great film, it's not a bad film, this is definatly in the upper echelons of film ratings, easily a 4*, the plot and acting are very good and brilliant if you want to sit and watch a well thoughtout and fairly clever film for a couple of hours, it doesn't go beyond it's welcome at an average running time and the ending and relationship between Owen and Washington are great.

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                    Wouldn't watch it again. Didn't change my life. But it killed a couple of hours.

                    You can look at this film in two ways.

                    The first is from the perspective of the average blockbuster. This is your basic 'bank robber vs hostage negotiator' as seen in films like 'The Negotiator'. Not exactly a new concept. There's the clever robber, Clive Owen, with his usual 'trying to be cool by speaking slowly in a silly accent', and the kooky detective, Den-ZEL Washington, whose mouth and speech patterns are so much like Adam Sandler's I wouldn't be surprised if they were brothers, apart from the obvious difference of course. There's an extra notch to the plot as Jodie Foster, who has the weirdest shiny legs I've ever seen, is called in to protect a very sensitive item inside the bank. And that's about it. The robber's plan is sort of clever, but the end reveal isn't jaw-dropping, just makes you go 'oh'. It's fairly enjoyable, but a bit too long.

                    The other perspective is from the person who knows that the director is Mr Spike Lee, who likes to make statements with his films. But what's he saying with this tale of bank robbery? The answer is lots. Some points are strikingly obvious ("Nazis are bad" - oh really? You've so changed my view of the world) and forced down your throat (let's have a scene with little Tommy playing a violent video game for no reason other than to highlight the violence of video games and rap, how clever). Other points started to grate. Example: put all the hostages in masks and they all look the same. Oh look, race is inconsequential, we're all just human beings. Look how the police react when one mask reveals a white man, and the other reveals a Sikh. Racism is bad. Very true. But how come masks can conceal race, but not big titties? The women in this film are either sexual objects or (the intelligent one, of course) the essence of evil wrapped in skirt. Come on Spike - you'll stick up for one 'ism', but what about the others?

                    Anyway, you don't learn much about Clive Owen, so whether he wins or loses doesn't really matter. Denzel is good, but isn't he always. The plot is reasonable, but not mind blowing and with a few little holes (how did the robber know about the 'sensitive materials'?) And the messages are convoluted and a little bit arsey.

                    BUT, despite all this, I didn't hate the film. In fact, I sort of enjoyed it, in a brainless way. With Spike on board, it should have had a meatier message. But on face value, this is a robber vs. negotiator film that's pretty good.

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                      A brilliant thriller.

                      Inside Man is 2006 crime drama film produced by Brian Grazer and directed by Spike Lee. The film is rated 15 and runs for approximately 129 minutes. Inside Man was made on a budget of $45,000,000 and grossed an estimated $183,960,186 at the box office. Inside Man was a big critical success, on one website it has 87% of positive ratings.

                      As I mentioned before this is directed by the legendary Spike Lee who is infact currently working on a sequel to Inside Man although a release date is yet to be confirmed. Spike Lee is famous for working on: Crook, Jungle Fever and She's Gotta Have It.

                      The main roles are played by Clive Owen, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster. Clive Owen is famous for appearing in: Derailed and The International. Denzel Washington appeared in Déjà vu and Training Day. Jodie Foster appeared in: Silence Of The Lambs and Panic Room.

                      Inside Man begins with Clive Owen in prison narrating, it quickly goes back in time when a bank robbery is about to take place in the city centre led by Dalton Russel (Clive Owen). Him and his gang are extremely organised and clearly know what they're doing, they give quick and easy to follow instructions to their hostages and it's made clear to them that there will be serious consequences if any of these rules are broken. The robbers immediately start to get the money from the bank by breaking into the vault.

                      Meanwhile police have surrounded the building, the team is led by Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington), when the chairman of the bank is informed about the robbery he is panic stricken, however this isn't because of the money he's likely to lose out on. The chairman thinks that this specific bank was targeted for another reason, that being that his safety deposit box is kept in that bank and there's things in there that could get him into a lot of trouble. Jodie Foster plays his lawyer and is on the case of trying to keep the contents of the box a secret, it's best to keep Pandora's box closed isn't it?

                      This is a film that I have seen many times since it was released, I went to see it at the cinema when it first came out and I have since bought it on DVD and have watched it many times and thoroughly enjoyed it each time.

                      Thrillers are my favourite type of film so I was half expecting to enjoy this anyway, but I actually enjoyed it much more than I had expected and it turned out to be a brilliantly made film which grips you from start to finish.

                      I'm not exactly a huge fan of Clive Owen's acting abilities, maybe it's just me but in every film I've seen him in previously he always seems a bit dead pan and is only cast in films to look pretty make use of his one and only intense facial expression. Fortunately for me Inside Man doesn't centre around him too much. For most of the film he doesn't really do much at all, there seems to be no depth to his character and even at the end when all the pieces come together you still feel absolutely nothing towards his character whether that be hate or affection, there's just nothing!

                      Denzel Washington on the other hand is excellent as he usually is, whatever the role he somehow manages to get his teeth right into it and make the character his own. Even if he just has a small part in a film he's memorable which is something that Clive Owen simply isn't. Although there isn't much character development throughout the film, which goes for all the characters the acting (with exception of Clive Owen) is superb. Jodie Foster isn't in the starring role that you would usually find her in however when she is in a scene she manages to steal the limelight from everyone around her. I was really impressed by this as she played only a small part.

                      The plot line for the film is really clever, it pulls you in one direction and then flips and takes you in a completely different one. This not only keeps the audiences attention all the way through but it keeps you on your toes which is something I love about this film. First time watching this you'll genuinely have no idea what's going to happen and it's impossible to predict the twists in it unless you've seen it before.

                      When I bought this on DVD I was somewhat sceptical about whether I would enjoy it second time around, thrillers really rest on the twists throughout the film and I wasn't sure that it would be as enjoyable watching it again knowing exactly what was going to happen. Nevertheless I thought I've got nothing to lose so I gave it a go and I found that I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. At times this film can get a little over-clever and complicated so second time around you're likely to notice and realise things that you didn't first time around. That's the beauty of this film and what makes it stand out from the crowd of mediocre thrillers.

                      I would highly recommend giving this a go as it's a brilliant watch and something that can be enjoyed more than once which makes it good value for money if you buy it on DVD. It will keep you hooked from start to finish and the twists throughout will at times have you dumbfounded.

                      The DVD is available from play.com for only £2.99, you can't go wrong at that price can you!

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                        25.01.2009 16:47
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                        A great film worthy of your time

                        Inside Man.
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                        This film has a truly star studded cast, Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer.
                        All give superb performances and are well directed by Spike Lee.
                        It is basically about a bank robbery, however this robbery is going to be perfect.
                        Clive and his fellow thieves enter the bankand take hostage all therein. Soon the bank is surrounded and the clock is ticking before the police run out of patience and the bank is stormed.
                        How will they escape? how will they get away with the diamonds they are stealing? And more important how will they get away with the secret in the bank owners own safety deposit box?
                        The film has 2 stories running alongside each other and more twists and turns than you can believe. It is superbly shot and the dialogue is smooth and flowing. The soundtrack is one of the est have heard in a long while.
                        The ending is clever and the real bad guys get their comeuppance Whist the bank robbers, well watch it and see.
                        A Highly recommended film that you WILL watch again.

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                          11.01.2009 01:37
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                          High octane fun!

                          Inside Man is a film that came out back in 2006, it's a top class caper film that I thoroughly enjoyed, although the film is rather long it really moves along at a fair old pace and it's only really afterwards that you realize that things don't quite add up and that certain occurrences were either rather fortunate or unlikely. That shouldn't take any thing away from the film though which was just superb to watch on a huge screen in the cinema.

                          A truly superb heist takes place and no one can work out where the prize possessions have got to, like last years Bank Job, there are important secrets being hidden and the chairman of the bank has an awful lot to lose should they be revealed.

                          The part of Detective Keith Frazer (Denzil Washington) comes naturally to him, he's played similar parts before and he suits the grouchy cop role desperately trying his best to outsmart the criminal. Unfortunately in this film, the criminal gang and in particular the man at the centre of the heist (Clive Owen) is a real cool cat, the plot behind the heist is true genius and had me leaving the cinema thinking "Well I wouldn't mind giving that a go, it looks easy!" I didn't particularly warm to Jodie Foster's part but she did a fair job, just the characters weren't as likeable as Denzil and Clive's!

                          Overall it's a highly enjoyable film with a lot of tense moments, in particular when it comes to the hostages being held. Great fun whilst watching but a little bit unbelievable you realize afterwards!

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                          11.09.2008 06:50
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                          Slightly disappointing for me

                          Denzel Washington and Clive Owen team up for this spectacular Spike Lee triumph. The two play intelligent men on opposite sides of the law trying to outsmart and outplay each other. When Owen and his team rob a bank. The obvious explanation is for money. However with the film being more complicated than that there is a lot more going on.

                          Owen has a master plan and whilst he and Washington battle it out trying to figure it out, Jodie Foster also gets in on the act as an outside party has items which cannot be revealed to the world.

                          As the plot pans out, it sees us watching Washington follow the real criminal to an unusual ending.

                          Whereas I am a big fan of Denzel Washington, I found Inside man slightly a let down. Both he and Clive Owen play their roles to perfection with their storyline being extremely gripping, however the plot gets lost a lot with other sub plots going on which are given more focus than the main plot. This sees the film becoming quite muddled and the way the film ends doesnt seem fitting enough for what has happened.

                          It only leaves me to think what the film could have been with more plot focus and a bit more time spent.

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                            30.08.2008 22:10
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                            Wow!

                            Inside man is the 2006 crime drama directed by spike lee.

                            Synopsis

                            Clive Owen plays the bank robber Dalton Russell, who along with his crew robs a New York City bank. After taking every person in the bank hostage and making them wear all the same clothes, they begin to start their search for the object they have come looking for, safe deposit box No.392. We then see the owner of the bank, Arthur Case, arranging for Melanie White, to retrieve a document from with in the deposit box. After a range of ingenious plot twists we find out of Case's dealings with Nazis. It then turns out that this is also the same deposit box that the robbers want to get their hands on. A very good plot and a very clever ending make up a great storyline.

                            This film truly is a masterpiece. The cast performs superbly well, with Denzel Washington on great form, posing the question is there a role that he can not play well in? Clive Owen also acts marvelously, playing his gritty role well. The plot is extremely original and outstandingly intelligent. By saying this I do not mean it is complicated, what I mean is that the plots turns are unpredictably excellent and imaginative.

                            Cast
                            * Denzel Washington ... Detective Keith Frazier
                            * Clive Owen ... Dalton Russell
                            * Jodie Foster ... Madeleine White
                            * Christopher Plummer ... Arthur Case
                            * Willem Dafoe ... Captain John Darius
                            * Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Detective Bill Mitchell
                            * Carlos Andrés Gómez ... Steve Damerjian
                            * Kim Director ... Stevie
                            * James Ransone ... Steve-O
                            * Bernie Rachelle ... Chaim
                            * Peter Gerety ... Captain Coughlin
                            * Victor Colicchio ... Sergeant Collins

                            A truly great film, with an amazingly well directed and well acted storyline. A great addition to anyone's DVD collection.

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