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The Bank Job 2008

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...

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I'm not sure how I missed this one before. Great heist movie. To echo some of the other comments, don't expect "Heat", "Ocean's" or any of that sort of Hollywood type movie. Don't expect a high action Statham movie. Do expect a web of dirty little secrets reaching high into the Royals, corruption in Scotland Yard, and civil movements of that time. Do expect to be hanging on the edge of your seat for the entire movie. I'm no expert on the true events of what this movie was based upon, but I would say it has a high believability factor. I would also agree, being a yank, that the English accent is not so thick as in other cops and robbers movies, that it is hard to understand. Well worth the watch. Statham is the greatest. 8/10
Good film worth the watch.
Saw this on the TV the other night, Thought I might as well watch it again, as it was very enjoyable movie.
@moviegirl1234...if daniel craig drops james bond, i think jason statham may be able to do him well.
REALLY GOOD CRIME DRAMA...saffron burrows & jason statham in a non-action-y role. from actual events in the 70's. keeps gettin' more and more interesting. I'VE SEEN IT BEFORE...IT WAS GOOD AGAIN.
Good stuff
A hard to beat hit of a heist film second only to The Italian Job (original). Jason Statham is at his best in this exhilarating story of a potentially comprimising bank robbery on the part of the royal family.
"They say truth is stranger than fiction, and The Bank Job definitely falls into that category."

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A little darker than I expected, but pretty good.
RATING (0 to ****): ***

Do you currently have a safe-deposit box? If so, do you have one for the reason of storing articles that would compromise your reputation? Well, if you've answered "yes" to both questions, Roger Donaldson's "The Bank Job" will give you some perfectly good reasons to withdraw everything and locate it elsewhere (possibly a bonfire).

As the title itself would tell you at the opening, it is "Based on a True Story"- if you dig around reliable sources (read: Wikipedia), you'll find that this is apparently the first time this story has ever been told, thanks to a gag order. For those of you who want more of an idea as to why this heist flick just might be different from all the others, you need only look at the tagline and you have a good idea as to how this one's going to flow- "The true story of a heist that went wrong... in all the right ways."

Obviously a consistent rate of success for our good guy villains (that "v" word being applied liberally in the script) would eventually get tiresome, even as it is a heaping load of fun to see them tunnelling through, celebrating their loot, and robbing a bank without the inevitable hostage crisis that would normally consume the rest of the runtime. So there are other threads to this story- namely, a set of nasty real villains (I'll use the colloquialism "the bad guys", since nearly everyone's a "villain" here) who interfere with our robbers due to some articles of their own being in those boxes, not to mention the police- again, both good police and bad police, the latter of whom are seen interfering with our main good bad guy, Terry (Jason Statham), and his shady used car shop.

Adding to this list, the catalyst of our heist- you see, a couple of prominent British political figures back in the 70's have a rather interesting sexual lifestyle, and they managed to get caught on-camera undetected. A leader of the black power movement, "Michael X", has gotten himself into a little bit of trouble, but he has the photographs in a safe-deposit box... which he plans to use as a bargaining chip for his acquittal. MI5 (in the "good police and bad police" section) obviously wants to put a stop to this- so one connection leading to another, and we have our good bad guys digging a tunnel to the bank.

Sounds convoluted, doesn't it? Well, if you find yourself confused and bored, just sit tight until you're woken up by the sound of jackhammers. Yeah, it's still convoluted with a long list of characters, but the difference is now the factor of almost nonstop fun is added in.

If you love heist movies, then there's no question- this is the bank you want to visit!

MPAA: R (sexual content, nudity, violence and language)
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes (107 minutes of "real movie")
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