The Bank Job (2008)

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, Alki David, Michael Jibosn

 

Plot: Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London’s Baker Street. She 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.


Tagline – Based on a true story

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overly Busy Heist Film

 

Story: The Bank Job starts when former lover Martine Love (Burrows) turns to Terry Leather (Statham) to do a bank job which can get him out of his debts and start a fresh life, Terry puts together a team including Kevin (Moore), Dave (Mays), Guy (Faulkner), Bambas (David) and Eddie (Jibson) for a Foolproof plan.

The job does seem easy, but Terry doesn’t know that Martine is working for the government who are trying to get condemning evidence back and that Terry is just a pawn in this game, can they get the job done without being caught?

 

Thoughts on The Bank Job

 

Characters – Terry Leather is a car salesman in London, he has amounted debts which will see his business go under if the loan sharks don’t get to him first. He has worked on small crimes before, but a former lover offers him a job he can’t turn down, one that can get him out of his problems once and for all. Martine is the former lover and model who has been assigned to steal the photos from the safety deposit box in exchange for charges being dropped, she picks Terry and his team to get the job done, not giving away her own side of the deal.  Kevin and Dave are two members of the team doing the robbery, the two closest to Terry which gives us the friendship being put on the line between the men.

PerformancesJason Statham as a wise talking Londoner this sounds like something he can do well, he looks the part, you could see him in the underworld without needing to use his muscles either. Saffron Burrows can make herself the model figure that uses her looks to get a job done. When we look at the supporting cast, they all handle their roles well through the film.

StoryThe story follows a group of Londoners that get offered a chance to commit a bank robbery to get out of the area only to find themselves in the middle of a much bigger operation to retrieve photos which can be used to bring down important political figures. This is a heist story which does have an extra edge because it isn’t just about the job, it is about the bigger picture which puts the rich and famous live into chaos. While we do have a lot going on, which is part of the idea because the chaos is meant to be getting out of control once the robbery is complete, though it does feel like we see too much to keep up on at times.

Crime/RomanceThe crime is set-up to work perfectly well and goes well, it is the aftermath which shows us just how chaotic the crime world can become for the people who commit the robbery or have been robbed.

SettingsThe film is set in London which shows us just how corrupt certain parts of the city can be at times and if you are the right person, you can get around like nothing is happening.


Scene of the Movie –
The robbery.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too much going on post-robbery.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very busy heist movie, it does work with just how much is going on which is good, though it isn’t as relaxing as a lot of heist film can be.

 

Overall: Heist film that keeps everything going on.

Rating

 

 

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Reign Over Me (2007)

logoDirector: Mike Binder

Writer: Mike Binder (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland, Robert Klein, Melinda Dillon

 

Plot: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

 

Verdict: Brilliant Drama

 

Story: Reign Over Me has a contently married man who works all day as a dentist then has to spend all his time with his wife and children. He longs for something more in his life and a chance encounter with an old college roommate could change things for him. His old roommate has completely closed off his world after his family was killed during 9/11. These two rekindle their friendship but getting into the details of what is going on with the old friend puts everything to the test.

 

This shows us how hard one man has had his life after one moment took everything from him, how he closed off everyone because his memories were too hard to live with. Going next to this we also see how one man who seems to be taking his life for granted learns to appreciate his own family and life situation more. This is a touching drama that shows you how people can struggle to cope with grief and it they do, they want to be left to do it their own way. This really has a story that is well told and pulls you in even if certain names on the film will make you think twice. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Adam Sandler: Charlie widower who has closed himself off from the world, but after meeting Alan he starts to rekindle a friendship which started and finished before the events that left him where he was. He clearly needs help but is not willingly to ask any for it because he is dealing with his grief in his own way. Great performance from Sandler who shows he can actually act and give a performance people should take note off, as anybody else in this performance just wouldn’t have worked. (9/10)

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Don Cheadle: Alan dentist who seems to be just going through his life with nothing eventful happening, he almost looks lost with where he is now. He rekindles his friendship with Charlie but starts to put his own family life in second place to help Charlie. Good performance from Cheadle showing he can always be relied on to be a strong supporting character. (8/10)

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Jada Pinkett-Smith: Janeane wife of Alan who comes off over loving and protective of her husband, but she does support him through all the decisions he makes. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

 

Liv Tyler: Angela therapist who helps Alan with Charlie as he tries to overcome his personal problems. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

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Saffron Burrows: Donna a lady with a few personal problems of her own, who tries to put Alan in a hard place but ends up catching the eye of Charlie and could be the answer to both their problems. Good supporting performance showing how another person deals with problems. (8/10)

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Supporting Cast: All the rest of the supporting cast include family and friends of Charlie’s who want to help him but haven’t ever got through to him and people in Alan’s life. Al the supporting characters work well for the story. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Mike Binder – Great direction to tell a powerful story that will pull at the heart strings. (9/10)

 

Drama: With the names on the credits many people will think ‘no this won’t work’, but the story and performances are all brilliant. (10/10)

Settings: New York is a great setting for the story and has the tragic moment and dealing with the moment in the same city. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think Reign Over Me is a must watch for all, it is such a brilliant story that needs to be told and with the performances involved everything works out great. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Sandler’s performance

Worst Part: Some people might feel it takes advantage of a real tragedy.

Believability: People’s lives were changed forever by 9/11 this could very well have happened to people who lost loved ones. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: You may get some towards the end. (6/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No, but I feel Sandler proved he has got serious in his locker again here.

Box Office: $22 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline: Let in the unexpected

Trivia: Tom Cruise turned down the lead role

 

Overall: Brilliant Drama Where Sandler Shines

Rating 87

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, LL Cool J, Aida Turturro

In a remote research facility a team of scientists are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by experimenting on sharks by making them smarter creating similar brain tissue as humans.

Lead by Dr Susan McCallister (Saffron Burrows) an ambitions character who has suffered the effects of the disease from watching parent going through it. She is assisted by Janice Higgins (Jacyueline McKenzie) Tom Scoggins (Michael Rapaport) and Jim Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgard) in the lab work.

One of the investors is set to see how the operation is run Russell Franklin (Samuel L Jackson) a man who has seemingly done every adventure he has wanted to. Upon his arrive he sees how good a shark wrangler Carter Blake (Thomas Jane) is showing off his ability to jump on the back of sharks with a clever little move.

Leading into a weekend the base is left with this skeleton crew along with Preacher (LL Cool J) who is the cook who has sinned in his life and found God and Bird his parrot. While the last member is Brenda Kerns (Aida Turturro) the communication tower officer. The main experiment is going on with this crew which involves place a shark to sleep and put a needle into the brain to remove tissue to see how it deals wit the disease. Only for this sleeping shark to bite Jim Whitlock’s arm off. With a storm brewing a rescue helicopter is sent out to take Jim off to a hospital. As the conditions worsen the helicopter fails to take off again crashing into the communication tower and one of the sharks to burst the glass filling the facility up with water. Now who will escape? How will they escape?

Being a shark movie it will always get comparisons to Jaws but giving this a claustrophobic atmosphere this called almost be Jaws meets Aliens. It gives us a question of how far would you go for the results to cure a disease which has such consequences.

All the characters have different motives and beliefs that are all understandable. Preacher is especially good character who spends most of the film walking the halls think he is being tested by God talking to himself. This is great action thriller worth a watch leaving people on the edge of their seats.

My rating 88%