Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man (2006)
  • Time: 129 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe


From a cell, a man tells us he has planned the perfect bank robbery; he invites us to watch. An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but half his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. The bank’s president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in Madaline, a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat’s fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane, if they are so competent and they know they won’t get one? Why aren’t they in more of a hurry? If the job’s perfect, why is the thieves’ leader in a cell?

One comment

  • “Inside Man” was a really good, solid, entertaining movie.

    Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Christopher Plummer all played their characters expertly without having any problems but Clive Owen is the one that had some minor greatness attached to him after all. His intro was awesome and I consider it to be one the film’s best moments.

    Since all of the action evolves around the bank robbery, we are pretty sure that the only motive for doing it is money. And if we wouldn’t have been questioned about the ‘why’ in the beginning it would have seemed even weirder as it did. No I won’t give away the plot, I’ll just say that I’m glad I knew very little about it. The last half an hour turned the movie upside-down three times for me.

    It’s not without it’s problems though. The problem is the films pace and narrative is a bit slow in the first hour, but I feel that a lot could have been made better. The tension could have been screwed up tighter but you feel as if a lot is saved for the last half an hour. And yes a lot of (side) characters could have been developed a bit better. Yup, the hostage situation was definitely robbed of it’s tension because of the last part. And the robbers were a bit too gentlemanly.

    Although this is a ‘medium’ budget Hollywood flick and by no chance an independent one, as I’ve said, you will be surprised. At least from that point of view. There are things you will miss, so you might have to see it again like I did.

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