Inside Man (2006)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming power broker steps in to take control of the situation in this hair-raising heist flick directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster. Dalton Russell (Owen) is a bank robber with a difference. In his quest to execute the perfect heist, Dalton has taken every possible factor into consideration. Dalton's uncanny ability of staying one step ahead of the law thwarts even-tempered Detective Keith Frazier's (Washington) best efforts. But there's another factor at play. The bank president (Christopher Plummer) has requested the services of high-profile negotiator Madeline White (Foster). Despite her commendable track record, Madeline is something of a wild card, and before the day is over, this bank robbery will go down in history as one of the most elaborate heists ever executed. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating: R (for language and some violent images)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Spike Lee
Written By: Russell Gewirtz
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Denzel Washington
as Det. Keith Frazier
Clive Owen
as Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster
as Madeline White
Willem Dafoe
as Capt. John Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Det. Bill Mitchell
Peter Frechette
as Peter Hammond
Peter Gerety
as Capt. Coughlin
Victor Colicchio
as Sgt. Collins
Gerry Vichi
as Herman Gluck
Waris Ahluwalia
as Vikram Walia
Rafael Osorio
as Bank Guard
Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell
as Mobile Command Officer Rourke
Ashlie Atkinson
as Mobile Command Officer Berk
David Brown
as Mobile Command Officer Carnow
Robert C. Kirk
as Mobile Command Officer Borinsky
Frank Stellato
as Mobile Command Detective
Marcia Jean Kurtz
as Miriam Douglas
Ed Onipede Blunt
as Ray Robinson
Amir Ali Said
as Brian Robinson
Lemon
as Paul Guitierez
Samantha Ivers
as Nancy Mann
Jason Manuel Olazabal
as ESU Officer Hernandez
Jeff Ward
as ESU Officer Jesus
Craig Marcus Spitzer
as Seth Greenblatt
Lily Agosto
as Gladys Perez
Patrick Illig
as Brad Stone
Frank Composto
as Eric Dodge
Agim Coma
as Borova
Lemon Andersen
as Paul Guitierez
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Critic Reviews for Inside Man

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (47)

[A] wily thriller, which revitalizes a familiar premise by turning it inside out.

Full Review… | April 29, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

As unexpected as some of its plot twists is the fact that this unapologetic genre movie was directed by Spike Lee, who has never sold himself as Mr. Entertainment. But here it is, a Spike Lee joint that's downright fun.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Newsweek
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A slick, kinetic and relatively straightforward -- which is to say enjoyably twisty-turny -- tranche of cat-and-mouse procedural.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I gloried in the sheer spectacle of Jodie Foster as Madeline White, an exquisitely groomed, fearlessly feline fixer striding on her high heels and her high horse into one supposedly perilous situation after another.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's very satisfying.

Full Review… | March 28, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Inside Man

Spike Lee's Inside Man leaves it all inside the bank.

For a 2 hour film that spends most of its time in a bank, the story remains intriguing throughout. The pacing is never to slow nor to fast, but the storytelling is choppy during some instances, although it is easy to see what Spike Lee is trying to do. It's only a minor irritant when all is said and done.

There's not a lot of action in here, and quite frankly this picture doesn't need it. The plot and dialogue of the characters is enough to keep this film afloat.

Denzel Washington's persona and line delivery is on the money, while Clive Owen's confident character is a good adversary for Washington. The mystery that surrounds Jodie Foster's character is fantastic; however, she loses points for lack of screen time.

As far as crime thrillers go, Inside Man comes together as a recommendable production.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A beautifully shot, slick and stylish, brilliantly acted heist drama featuring stand out performances from lead Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster, who is great in her sleazy supporting role that is both very well executed and engaging. There are however some problems with it, on the down side of things, the huge lack of action set pieces may alienate some people. Personally I think in the sense that it still works for a heist movie that it is incredibly intelligent and something special that makes it a great deal more memorable than some recent flick thrillers. Unlike Spike Lee's earlier work it has none to very little substance but his intensions were to make a psychological drama with twists, turns and tension and Inside Man worked effectively on that level. Despite it's surprising extraordinary length for a movie of it's genre, it has some good humour. Plus a witty script and grips you literally, right from the start, when the robbery begins.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

I understand that I am alone in this, but I still stand by my opinion. I was not engaged in this heist thriller. Did not enjoy the score. Loved the cinematography and the acting, but the plot failed to impress and draw me in.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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