The Bank Job

release year: 2008
genre: crime drama
viewing setting: home DVD, 2/2/09

synopsis: This movie claims to depict the events of the (in)famous 1971 Baker Street Robbery in London.

impressions: This was a bank heist story, with a British setting and characters, based on a true story. How much of that story is actually true will probably never be known, but the basic premise of this film is that some amateur bank robbers rob this big bank's vault and get plenty of money, but also some stuff that's dangerous both to the government and to some criminals. Things are out of hand and people are being beaten or killed as various parties try to get their secrets back. It's a decent crime flick, with some good suspenseful planning and execution scenes, but you have to pay attention, especially with the British dialect and slang.

something this movie has that no other movie has: old burial catacombs beneath a modern bank

acting: Jason Statham is the leader of the gang. Saffron Burrows is his treacherous ex. Some Michael Cain lookalike is an evil criminal.

final word: Good but complicated bank-robbery drama.

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