The Bank Job (2008)

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The Bank Job (2008)
  • Time: 111 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore

Storyline:

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London’s Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don’t realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets – secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

2 reviews

  • The film is based on a true story, what made me curious. I don’t know anything about the bank robbery portrayed in this film, so I can’t answer for its accuracy. But what I do can say, “The Bank Job” is solidly entertaining and a typical heist movie. Jason Statham is one of my favourites in action-movies, and of course, he did it again in this one! He still plays his usual character except with a lot more personality and story behind him. Great crime-movie!

  • Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Daniel Mays, Steven Campbell Moore, Mike Jibson and James Faulkner are all part of “The Bank Job,” a 2008 British film about a bank robbery that took place in the ’70s. The script is based on true elements, apparently, that are pulled together into one feasible plot. A young woman, Martine Love (Burrows) is framed for bringing drugs into the country, and the charges are dropped in exchange for her getting some of her low-life friends involved in a bank heist. Who’s behind the bank heist? Just the British government, which wants no connection with it. They want Martine to bring in the contents of one safety deposit box, which contains compromising photographs of Princess Margaret, and they don’t care what happens to the rest of the loot. If the robbers get away, they get away. If they don’t, they don’t, but no one will connect them with the government.

    Turns out the bank safety deposit vault is quite popular. A madam keeps compromising photos of British officials there. A porn king keeps a book with payoffs to authorities there. When the boxes are robbed, everybody, for their own reasons, wants the robbers.

    This is a very exciting film, with lots of action, as well as plenty of violence, some of it gross, as various factions go after the contents in possession of the robbers.

    There apparently was such a big robbery in the ’70s, and the criminals were never caught; there have been compromising photos of Princess Margaret that have never been published; there was the John Profumo scandal – etc.! The acting is excellent, as is the Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais script, and director Roger Donaldson keeps the pace going.

    Highly recommended.

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