The Bank Job

2008

The Bank Job

Critics Consensus

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

79%

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Total Count: 145

74%

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User Ratings: 253,870
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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 (145) | Top Critics (39)

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

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Thanks to the twin pens of screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, what a jam-packed and misanthropic fiction this is.

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With its cockneys and coppers and the caper that comes a cropper, the movie is fully engaging on several levels.

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bank Job

  • Mar 27, 2017
    not bad, just very unimpressive
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2013
    The Bank Job is a British crime drama that's based on the true story of the infamous Baker Street Robbery. A team of criminals are manipulated by MI5 to rob a bank's safety deposit boxes in order to have them unwittingly retrieve illicit photos of a British Royal, but when it's discovered what they've stolen the team becomes the target of several powerful politicians and gangsters. Starring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows, the film has an interesting cast that handles the material fairly well. However, the writing is rather poor and doesn't really develop the characters or add that much tension to the plot. In a lot of ways The Bank Job is a typical heist film, but it still kind of works as an entertaining piece of historical fiction.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    Brilliant crime film, Very well done all the cast were great especially Jason Statham, Very good story easily Stathams best film without a gun in his hand if not the only, A must watch.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2013
    There is a reason why Jason Statham has emerged as such a popular action star. He not only is good with punches and weapons but also has a vulnerability to his acting style that makes him compelling in a way that a Stallone can't pull off. This is wonderfully put together by the cast.
    John B Super Reviewer

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