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The Bank Job (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Well cast and crisply directed, The Bank Job is a thoroughly entertaining British heist thriller.

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A car dealer with a dodgy past and new family, Terry has always avoided major-league scams. But, when Martine, a beautiful model from his old neighborhood, offers him a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street, Terry recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime. Martine targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But, Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets--secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal that spans London's criminal underworld, the highest echelons of the British government, and the Royal Family itself--the true story of a heist gone wrong, in all the right ways.

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Cast

Jason Statham
as Terry Leather
Saffron Burrows
as Martine Love
Richard Lintern
as Tim Everett
Daniel Mays
as Dave Shilling
Peter Bowles
as Miles Urquart
Keeley Hawes
as Wendy Leather
Colin Salmon
as Hakim Jamal
Peter De Jersey
as Michael X
James Faulkner
as Guy Singer
Sharon Maughan
as Sonia Bern
Don Gallagher
as Gerald Pyke
Gerard Horan
as Roy Given
Craig Fairbrass
as Nick Barton
Alistair Petrie
as Philip Lisle
David Suchet
as Lew Vogel
Alki David
as Bambas
Michael Jibson
as Eddie Burton
Georgia Taylor
as Ingrid Burton
Hattie Morahan
as Gale Benson
Rupert Frazer
as Lord Drysdale
Christopher Owen
as Mountbatten
Taelor Samways
as Catherine Leather
Kasey Baterip
as Julie Leather
Robert Whitelock
as Alfie Hook
Johann Myers
as Stanley 'The Knife' Abbot
Ray Nicholas
as Vogel's Driver
Angus Wright
as Eric Addey
Mark Phoenix
as Mr. Brown
James Hall
as Customs Agent
Rupert Vansittart
as Sir Leonard Plugge
Bronson Webb
as Chicken Inn Waiter
Omar Mostafa
as Chicken Inn Cook
Dylan Charles
as Chicken Inn Customer
Michael Haughey
as Bank Manager
Ray Trickitt
as Beat Policeman
Steve Gibbs
as Newspaper Hawker
Ursula Mohan
as Dave's Mum
Alan Swoffer
as John Lennon
Louise Chambers
as The Princess
Bonnie Simon
as Island Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Bank Job

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (37)

It's something new for heist pictures: a movie that can't even rip off its predecessor with any panache.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The Bank Job is nothing more than an efficient time-killer with the added bonus of being based on a real misadventure. But, unlike its benighted cast of characters, it gets the job done without a hitch.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
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A tight, classic-feeling film about losers banding together for one big score, then scrambling furiously as they realize they're in over their heads. It's fast, nifty, sharp and sweet.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Detroit News
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Thanks to the twin pens of screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, what a jam-packed and misanthropic fiction this is.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Globe and Mail
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Longtime screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have woven a masterful narrative full of odd twists and dark humor from which Australian director Roger Donaldson and a prime cast mine plum characters and a tight plot to satisfying effect.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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With its cockneys and coppers and the caper that comes a cropper, the movie is fully engaging on several levels.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Bank Job

A London model is arrested for drugs trafficking by MI5 and blackmailed into arranging the robbery of a Bank vault to reclaim some embarrassing photographs used by a corrupt black activist to obtain immunity. I wish Jason Statham would stop trying to be the cockney Van-Damme because this is what he is really good at. One criticism you could instantly level at this film is that the plot is so far-fetched, but bizarrely it's actually a true story. At the beginning it appears to be a decent if slightly run-of-the-mill heist movie as the usual collection of lovable East End villains plan and execute their scam but it's actually after the event that this film gets really interesting. The tone darkens and as it gets more hard-boiled and grim, the better it gets. The direction can seem a little hurried as it tries to cram in all the relevant threads, but solid writing intertwines the several sub plots cleverly and its constantly entertaining. Darker, grittier and above all better than all of the Ocean's films and a great, unpretentious, old-fashioned British crime drama that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of them. Well worth checking out if you enjoyed the similar and Academy Award winning Argo.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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Recommended for the fan of bank heists, it has a decent plot that keeps you following however the biggest point is that it's a true story.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Taking a glance at the title, preconceived notions popped out, telling me that this was gonna be one of those movies where a crew with individual talents are gonna be made up to pull off the perfect heist. Typical heist movie, right? Wrong. "The Bank Job" interweaves a clever narrative with genuinely thrilling moments. There's a lot to like about "The Bank Job". First off, we're gonna needa bring Jason Statham back in the acting game because he fills in the shoes of the main character quite well. And during the ride, there's a stellar script, driving the story forward in an entertaining fashion. The narrative's tight, fast, and takes interesting turns, and there's some gripping scenes. Unfortunately, near the 3rd act of the movie, the movie begins to become a bit stale. "The Bank Job"'s real killer though is the lack of substance. Yes, it's based on a true story and by the finale, there is a conclusive wrap up that goes beyond just a simple heist, but it seems nothing more than an entertaining time-passer-by. "The Bank Job" is an enjoyable movie. It's a good movie, but not a great one.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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