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Inside Man 2006

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation...

Release Date:
March 24, 2006
129 min
Spike Lee
Christopher Plummer, Peter Gerety, Clive Owen, ...
Drama, Thriller, Crime ...
English, Albanian

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Solar rating: 8.4


Imdb rating: 7.6

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Totally awesome movie with a great cast. Must watch!!!
Super good movie..knew it was going to be good when they used chaiyya chaiyya as the them song..I really like this one..had me guessing all through this..a good watch...
As a huge fan of heist movies this one was a home run for me. Surprisingly it was pretty unpredictable, I was guessing for most of the movie and that does not happen often. Defiantly in my top 3 for heists. 9/10
A solid flick. When I saw that Spike Lee had directed it, I did a double take as it is a pretty mainstream movie.
A little slow at times, but the plot is smart enough to get around that. Nothing is lingered on and that keeps things moving. Overall, this still holds up to any thriller flick today.
can't wait to go to the world premiere
This film is the best Spike Lee film I have seen.It moved at a cracking pace with only a few niggles. The music intruded on procedings in a number of places and the ultimate plan was highly flawed.However they do not detract from the enjoyment of this film.
Early in his filmmaking career, Spike Lee (She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Clockers, He Got Game) declared an admiration for Woody Allen's remarkable one-film-a-year productivity. He's come close, building his career on provocative, challenging films that tackled race, class, and gender issues in contemporary America, but his fortunes have flagged as of late (She Hate Me anyone?). In directing Inside Man, Lee has set aside social commentary (and didacticism) for straightforward genre filmmaking, producing a slick, mostly entertaining, bank robbery/hostage drama.

Inside Man starts off with Dalton Russell (Clive Owen), the mastermind behind the heist, directly addressing the camera. He gives us a brief rundown of his intentions and where he's ended up, but suggests that the rest of the film, unfolding via multiple flashbacks, will tell us the "how." Inside Man then segues into Russell picking up his three accomplices in a van, with Russell slipping into the crowded bank dressed as a painter. The bank robbery goes smoothly, with one or two minor exceptions.

Tipped to a bank robbery in progress, New York's finest rush to the scene. Detectives Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington), a detective with a pending internal affairs investigation on his mind, and his junior partner, Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor), are sent to lead the effort to end the standoff with minimal loss of life. Frazier has to quickly get a handle on the situation inside the bank, figure out what the bank robbers want, and contend with Captain Darius (Willem Dafoe), the "force-first, negotiate-second" head of the heavily armed tactical unit sitting outside the cordoned-off bank.

As it turns out, the chairman of the bank, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), has something of personal importance stored inside the bank that he desperately wants to protect. To that end, he pulls some strings with the Mayor, who, in turn, brings in a well-heeled power broker, Madeline White (Jodie Foster), to intercede on Case's behalf. With hostages still in the bank and Russell's deadlines approaching (he's threatening to kill the hostages if he doesn't get what he wants), the battle of personalities is on, with duplicity, deception, and more than one twist along the way.

With a stellar cast that includes Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, and Christopher Plummer, expectations are high that the performances will be, if nothing else, highly watchable. They are, of course. Props, though, to relative newcomer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, a British-born actor appearing with greater frequency in stateside films (he was last seen here as the villain in Joss Whedon's Serenity, but has appeared in British films, television, and on stage for the better part of a decade). While Ejiofor's New York accent sounds authentic, Ejiofor tends to mirror Denzel's speech patterns and mannerisms, perhaps reflecting the junior officer's unconscious desire to emulate his superior officer's attitudes and behaviors. It's a clever, subtle acting choice that most viewers are likely to miss.

Russell Gewirtz's overly ambitious, convoluted plotting leads toward an overlong, post-climax denouement that explains everything that needs to be explained and that gives the hero the expected moment of triumph and redemption. Editing down Inside Man wouldn't have solved the problem, since you'd still need a satisfactory resolution to the underlying conflicts between the characters. Then you have the problem of the film unfolding in flashbacks, cutting between the flashbacks and later interviews with the released hostages. Although the flashback structure undercuts suspense and momentum, there are a few noteworthy surprises along the way that play with and subvert audience expectations.

With Spike Lee at the helm, audiences have come to expect a certain level of social and political commentary. Lee usually takes an all text, no subtext approach to his subjects (e.g., race, class, and gender in contemporary America). Working from Gewirtz's screenplay, however, the social commentary and sermonizing are kept to a minimum. Lee's New York remains a chaotic, energetic multi-ethnic, multi-cultural m
This is how i see it. Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, and Denzel Washington who else would you need to make this movie any better?! I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE YET! but i like most of you reading this probably cann't not wait to see it. The only reason i dont give this a 10 is because well i havent seen it and after i do i hope this 9 becomes a 10. We will only see. Lets just hope the script and the acting are what they should be.
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Very well thought out and keeps your interest at all times.
Denzel and Clive Owen were really good, too.
Shit kept you on the edge of your seat, mostly.

Oh, yea.
...Jodie Foster, she sucked.
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