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Spike Lee's energetic and clever bank-heist thriller is a smart genre film that is not only rewarding on its own terms, but manages to subvert its pulpy trappings with wit and skill. Read critic reviews

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A tough detective (Denzel Washington) matches wits with a cunning bank robber (Clive Owen), as a tense hostage crisis is unfolding. Into the volatile situation comes a woman named Madaline (Jodie Foster), a mysterious power broker who has a hidden agenda and threatens to push a tense situation past the breaking point.

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Clive Owen
Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster
Madaline White
Willem Dafoe
Capt. Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Det. Bill Mitchell
Florina Petcu
Ilina Miritia
Jay Charan
Mohammed Bharti
Spike Lee
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Adam Erbacher
Writer
Daniel M. Rosenberg
Executive Producer
Matthew Libatique
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Adam Erbacher
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Wynn Thomas
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  • Feb 04, 2020
    From director Spike Lee comes the smart and intense crime thriller Inside Man. When a group of bank robbers take hostages and lock themselves in a bank NYPD detective Keith Frazier is sent in to negotiate, but things soon take a strange turn when the bank's owner calls in a specialist to negotiate privately with the robbers on his behalf. Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film features an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances (particularly Clive Owen). And Lee too does a good job at heightening the tension and at setting a foreboding tone. Additionally, the script is especially well-written, particularly in how it sets up the heist and buildings intrigue by using flash-forwards of interviews with the hostage about what happened in the bank during the robbery. Dramatic and exciting, Inside Man is a fresh take on the heist genre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2016
    This is a fantastic movie with a killer cast. A Spike Lee joint that is sure to satisfy, you are hooked from the beginning to the end. Pay attention to details as even the smallest conversation is important.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2016
    Lovely heist film. Spike Lee at his best
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2013
    Spike Lee's attempt to make something mainstream is good but unfortunately it isn't great. Is this his fault? Likely not. He has made the most of what he has and put in a thriller that would put most to shame.
    John B Super Reviewer

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