Inside Man

Release Date: March 24, 2006

It looks like class picture day.

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Position Staff In Brief
25/159 David Mumpower Taut, impeccably acted drama is undone just a bit by a weak ending.
26/65 Kim Hollis An entertaining, engaging caper film. Hits on almost every level.
32/68 Michael Bentley Well-paced and exciting heist drama, but could have done without one of the plots.
33/47 Amanda Jones Pretty good until the slapshod ending lost my interest almost completely.
41/52 Les Winan The actors are good and it looks nice, but it's all sound and fury signifying nothing. Too many loose ends...
134/200 Max Braden Not enough lines or actual face time for Owen, and the music drags the slow story down.

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In 1990, director Spike Lee teamed up with actor Denzel Washington to create a remarkable story about blues music in Mo' Better Blues. Soon, the duo followed up that effort with a movie that gained a substantial amount of attention. Malcolm X earned Washington his first Best Actor Academy Award nomination and established Lee as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.

Now, Lee will once again reunite with Washington as the duo join forces for a heist flick that will also display the talents of a recent Academy Award nominee for Supporting Actor (Clive Owen) as well as a two-time winner in the actress categories (Jodie Foster).

The movie's story will center around a clever bank robber (Owen) who has been playing cat-and-mouse with a cop (Washington) for a period of time. The robber sets out to commit the perfect crime, but he loses control over the situation, and ultimately finds himself in a stand-off that involves a hostage. Lee has previously found success in directing numerous genres, so it will be fascinating to see the direction he takes as he works with this talented cast. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Inside Man
Main Cast Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster
Supporting Cast Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director Spike Lee
Screenwriter Russell Gewirtz, Menno Meyjes
Distributor Universal
Rating R
Screen Count 2,818
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