The Bank Job

Release Date: March 7, 2008

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8/98 David Mumpower Brilliant heist flick makes me long for the days when Statham did high-brow British villainy rather than low-brow Hollywood action.
11/43 Kim Hollis A terrific caper flick full of grit and toughness. Top notch, but if you don't like 'em dark, be forewarned.
13/196 Max Braden This is a solid caper, notable for the amateurism of the heist.
16/31 John Seal Superior heist flick with fine acting and terrific period detail

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Jason Statham movies are becoming a cottage industry unto themselves. In the past few years, he's been able to open movies like The Transporter (and its sequel), Crank and War to very consistent numbers. Recognizing this, casting directors are pleased to put him in roles that take advantage of his strengths - his fists and his imposing presence.

His latest project, The Bank Job, is inspired by a real-life bank robbery that occurred in London in 1971. A group of thieves tunneled up into a bank's safety deposit box, stealing millions of dollars as well as jewelry. For several days, the story was huge in the media, but then the government issued a gag order, causing complete silence on the subject. In the end, the case was never solved.

In the film version, the thieves will not only steal, but also murder and have involvement in a sex scandal featuring the royal family. It all sounds like a good caper, and Statham's fans, particularly those who have followed him from his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels days and Snatch, should be turning out on opening weekend. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Bank Job
Main Cast Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore
Supporting Cast Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, Alki David, Michael Jibson, Richard Lintern, Don Gallagher, David Suchet
Director Roger Donaldson
Screenwriter Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Distributor Lionsgate
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