El Juego de la Banca (2002)



Critic Consensus: This thriller puts an intriguing premise to good use.

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Un "thriller" australiano sobre un genio en matemáticas (David Wenham) con una fórmula para predecir lo que pasará en el mercado de valores, y un bancario corrupto (Anthony LaPaglia) que quiere aprovecharse de su talento. Steve Rodgers, Sibylla Budd. Dirigida por Robert Connolly.
Art House & International , Drama , Horror
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David Wenham
as Jim Doyle
Anthony LaPaglia
as Simon O'Reily
Steve Rodgers
as Wayne Davis
Sibylla Budd
as Michelle Roberts
Mandy McElhinney
as Diane Davis
Greg Stone
as Vincent
Mitchell Butel
as Stephen
Andrew Bayly
as Mr. Johnson
Thomas Blackburne
as Young Jim
Sharyn Oppy
as Teacher No. 1
Giles Rittman
as School Kid
Dylan Foss
as School Kid
Jessica Voglis
as School Kid
Nicole Croker
as School Kid
Jeff Keogh
as Christopher
Lance Anderson
as Jim's Father
Matt Norman
as Limo Driver
Mike McCoy
as Chauffeur
Ian Bliss
as Exec No. 1
Peter Barron
as Exec No. 2
Tanja Bulatovic
as Computer Lab Technician
Rodney Kelly
as Phone Trader
James Judge
as Phone Trader
Paul Hill
as Phone Trader
Vince Gil
as Sheriff
Tim Aris
as Police Detective
Kent Clifton Bligh
as Boat Driver
Emily Lumbers
as Monica
Nicholas Galati
as Simon's Son
Holly Myers
as Yvonne
Sue Jones
as Bank Barrister
Maureen Edwards
as Supreme Court Judge
David Patterson
as Board Member No. 1
Anna McCrossin-Owin
as Teacher No. 2
Julia Limb
as Reporter
Peta Doodson
as Librarian
Craig Madden
as Petrol Station Attendant
Aris Gounaris
as Immigration Officer No. 1
Ronald S. Strickland
as Immigration Officer No. 2
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Critic Reviews for El Juego de la Banca

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

A hokey but highly entertaining tale of corporate greed that should be especially satisfying if you're pissed off at big business.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It looks to be something less than the sum of its quite interesting parts.

Full Review… | January 31, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Never amounts to more than a glossy comic book.

Full Review… | January 3, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

As it is, the film takes too long to become truly compelling. It could have benefited from a shot of good old Hollywood pizazz.

Full Review… | January 3, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Skillfully combines the seemingly disparate worlds of Frank Capra and Oliver Stone.

Full Review… | December 5, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The Bank, despite its faulty finale, is a fun and thrilling ride.

Full Review… | November 29, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for El Juego de la Banca

A very clever and captivating piece. Strong performances help you understand the films layered plot.

samuel johnston
samuel johnston

After seeing "The Bank" back in 2002 I thought the recent travails of the financial sector was an ideal time to revisit a movie that puts moral considerations head-to-head with financial ones. Jim Doyle (David Wenham) is a top mathematician who has developed a complex program that predicts stock market movements and corrections. He hawks it around the banks and under-pressure bank executive Simon O'Reily (Anthony LaPaglia) takes a punt on him. For Jim it is a labour of love which he sees as an ideal "warning system" to help organisations protect their interests. For Simon it is a unique opportunity to put the bank in an advantageous situation and make obscene amounts of money. Simon will have to convince "bleeding heart liberal" Jim that taking other people's money is fair game in the trading world. Jim is countenanced by (really) sudden love-interest Michelle (Sibylla Budd) and the bank's own numbers guru, Vincent (Greg Stone). Meanwhile, in a separate story strand, we see the financially-stricken Davis family (Steve Rodgers and Mandy McElhinney) who are struck by personal tragedy, a tragedy for which they indirectly attribute blame to the bank (although initially ambiguous, we correctly assume that it is the bank Simon runs). A reluctant solicitor (Mitchell Butel) agrees to represent them in a court case that brings the two story strands together. Can Jim perfect his program and, if he does, will he allow Simon to abuse it for financial gain? Will he have a choice? An Australian production, I recalled enjoying "The Bank" immensely and the years in between have done it no harm at all. Written and directed by Robert Connolly, at 104 minutes it's a well-paced and occasionally suspenseful film that is filled with simple layers of intrigue and a twist that feels just about right. Anthony LaPaglia never fails to entertain and he is undoubtedly the star of the show here. He's always comfortable on screen and convincingly pulls off lines like "I'm God, but with a better suit", then later on shines in a Pacino-style rant when faced with a life-or-death situation. Wenham has had his film success too albeit with smaller roles ("300", "Van Helsing", parts 2 and 3 of "Lord of the Rings", "Moulin Rouge") and he is absolutely fine here. His romance with the annoying Michelle is necessary for the story but it never really clicks. In parts the movie lacks subtlety. The director casts the most ordinary actors in terms of talent and looks in order to portray the Davis family as "Everyman" as possible. It's also pretty obvious that we're to be repulsed by the dismissive regard that the bank has for the Davis' court action and the tasteless jokes that Simon's aides make about the family. But these are minor criticisms in what is a surprisingly winning thriller. The tagline says it all: Public enemy number one - The Bank.

Graham Lacey
Graham Lacey

Though the script's twists and turns are fairly conventional and the Davis subplot is handled in an awkwardly obvious way, first-time feature filmmaker Robert Connolly understands the power of style.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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