Directed By: Spike Lee
Written By: Russell Gewirtz
Let’s face it; the bank robbery movie has been done to death. This movie quickly gets the regular things out of the way and then distinguishes itself quite nicely. Early on we see a time jump that clearly lets us know that the police are clueless; they have no idea who perpetrated the crime. So we are left to wonder as the robbery unfolds how exactly the criminals manage to succeed and what exactly they are after. This one will keep you guessing and intrigued all throughout. It has an excellent cast and a wild story that threads a great web of mystery.
I have never really been a fan of Spike Lee, although I do like that all his movies are referred to as “A Spike Lee Joint.” I do not think he is a bad director; I have just never been a fan of his specifically. In fact I think this is the only movie he has made that we own. I have never seen Malcolm X, but it has been on my list of movies to watch for over ten years now. It is completely possible I have just not seen enough of his work; I just haven’t liked the few that I have seen. This one was incredible though, he did an excellent job in putting the film together. His camera angles are all great, his sets look good, and more importantly his movie kept me interested and guessing the whole time.
I’m not a big Denzel fan either but I cannot deny his talent. He has a great track record and will be remembered forever for his talent, but I have just never been a fan. Personally I feel that he brings too much racism into his films. I specifically hate racism and it always bothers me. He has always had a knack for playing the black man being persecuted, a role that needs to be played. My problem comes specifically from his role in Remember the Titans. He was great in that movie but there was one scene where he got into a confrontation with Will Patton. It bothered me because Patton played a character that was on Denzel’s side, yet Denzel treated him like he was being judged. I know that is how the character was probably written but still feel Denzel overplayed the part and was trying to get a specific point across. For whatever the reason it bothered me. I can’t think of any other immediate example but that one is specifically the reason I don’t like him. He has also made many movies I have enjoyed and this one is one of them. Denzel fits the part well and delivers his performance as a seasoned pro. I am not a fan of his but my opinion should not matter because his talent speaks for itself.
This was another good role for Clive Owen in 2006 but for whatever reason I find myself wondering “what happened to Clive Owen?” in 2012. I have always like Owen but his career seemed to fizzle out somewhere over the last few years. In fact, looking over his track record it is arguable that this was the last movie he made worth any salt. He is listed as filming the sequel to Sin City and I am very hopeful for that. (Check that, in the time it has taken to publish this post -waiting on my wife’s input- Clive Owen’s part in Sin City 2 has been recast. Josh Brolin is now playing the part that Owen played in the first movie. It makes sense because in the first movie he is said to have a new face, but it still blows. I’d take Owen over Brolin any day.) Despite Owen’s drop in popularity I think he undoubtedly has more to offer as an actor. Speaking of actors who have fizzled out, I think this was a great role for Jodie Foster as well. I have always liked Foster and I think she was really badass in this movie. I am a really big fan of Willem Dafoe and I like any movie a little bit better when he is in it. I spotted Daryl Mitchell in a small supporting role and wanted to mention him because he was awesome in Galaxy Quest.
Movies are always a little bit better when they center on Nazis somehow and I love how this movie brought that into the story line. As the story unfolds things only get more interesting. The cops don’t know what was going on, they know who did it but can’t prove it, anybody can be a suspect, and no money was taken. This is a crazy mystery for a long time and then it all comes together so perfectly. There was a larger game being played in this one and it kept us all on the edge of our seats.
I think this movie is worth your time because it is awesome. There is something deep down inside of all of us as movie fans that undeniably make us love the bank robbery movie. This one manages to bring something new to the table so it is something we should all be in to. The bank robbery movie may have been done to death but this movie proves there is still something great to be offered in the scenario. If you haven’t seen this movie then you should give it a chance and I hope you enjoy it.
This is a really cool movie. Denzel is such a likeable actor. What I mean by that is even when he is playing an unlikable character, you still like the job he did acting that part. He is that good. I am aware that Ryan doesn’t like Denzel Washington, but here we split and disagree. I really like this movie and I think you would too.
This movie poster is SUPER cool. It looks like the designer had free range to do something really creative. They have all of the needed information, but it is arranged in such an unusual manner. Love it. I love the colors, I love the fonts, and I love the grid. LOVE IT.
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