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Inside Man

7.62 h 9 min2006X-Ray18+
HD. A cunning thief sets an elaborate bank robbery in motion that pits him in a cat-and-mouse game against a determined detective.
Spike Lee
Denzel WashingtonClive OwenJodie Foster
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Christopher PlummerWillem DafoeChiwetel Ejiofor
Brian Grazer
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Trashy, cheap, and depthless
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One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. Lots of posturing, BS, choppy delivery meant to confuse you because the story can't stand on its own. There was also a ridiculous amount of trash talk and cheap tricks, again to distract from the lack of substance and convincing material. The actors did what they could with the terrible script, with the notable exception of Foster, who seemed to know she had a dud on her hands and didn't put in more than the story deserved. Smart girl, I guess, though it's by far the worst performance I've ever seen from her. The creators seemed to go out of their way to demean women, so maybe that was why lol. It was just really trashy and superficial all around, no character development on almost anyone, and what there was made little to no sense. Even the mysterious robber remained a one-dimensional enigma at the end.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely amazing A bank robbery like you’ver never seen before
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Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christopher Plummer directed by Spike Lee. How could one go wrong with that powerful line-up? Together they made Inside Man a heist film, and one of Lee’s all-time great creations. The movie is so smart, the acting is so strong that they alone could have carried the film. The twists at the end, just took it to another level.

Things start with Clive Owen giving a monologue directly into the camera about his caper. There’s a close up of his face as he says his name is Dalton Russell, that’s the who. The where he says is a prison cell. Pay attention to that because it helps explain the astonishing conclusion. The what is the perfect crime. The why was the money, and also because he could, meaning his self-assurance and diligent planning. Together Owen and his crew take over the Manhattan Trust. Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Detective Bill Mitchell are the detectives put in charge of the negotiations to release the hostages taken inside the bank. Christopher Plummer as Arthur Case plays the bank owner, and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White is a powerful New York City fixer who is hired by Plummer to make sure his secret, which is contained with Manhattan Trust, is not revealed.

One of the first things that hits you is how great the writing by Russell Gewirtz was in laying out the crime. Russell has all the hostages dress the same so no one knows who anyone else is. They are also constantly shifted from room to room to keep them disoriented. On top of that, the criminals have the same jump suits on and mix in with the hostages with one of them even getting in trouble so that at the end everyone is in the dark about who the possible robbers are. Russell also constantly outsmarts the cops by playing games with them, dragging out the process so that he can pull off the heist.

Next is the acting. Everyone is outstanding. Washington plays his usual leading man role to a tee. He’s not satisfied with how the robbery is playing out, he doesn’t like that Foster’s character shows up to complicate his negotiations, and at the end he isn’t willing to let things lie after the hostages are released. Ejiofor plays his able aide who is able to play off Washington’s part. Foster is the pan ultimate power broker. Being both strong and demanding in the male world of politicians, bankers, police, and thieves she finds herself in. Owen never breaks a sweat as he plays out his scheme. That’s nothing to say of William Dafoe as a SWAT team leader and Plummer in supporting roles.

Spike Lee is also able to throw in his little odes to New York, which he always likes to do in movies located in the city. For instance, there’s an Indian Sikh bank teller who talks about his constant harassment because people believe he’s an Arab and a possible terrorist. Washington and Ejiofor counter that he could get a taxi unlike many black men. The robbers also play a tape in Albanian, and Washington is only able to find that out by asking the crowd outside the bank what language is being used. There’s also a riddle Owen throws at the cops about one of the city’s train stations. These all just give a little nod to the diversity and life in New York that Lee always likes to hit on.

Finally, there’s the twist. The movie isn’t just your regular bank robbery. In fact, it appears initially that nothing was taken. It’s not until the robbery is actually over that Russell’s true motivations and plan is revealed and it’s a whopper that no one could foresee. Russell even gives a little treat to Detective Frazier.

In conclusion, Inside Man is just an amazing movie experience. It never lets go of your attention and keeps on throwing things at you to keep you going.
5 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A thriller like no other...INDEED!
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[[ASIN:B000GFLKF8 Inside Man (Widescreen Edition)]] "A thriller like no other...." INDEED! Denzel Washington. Clive Owen. Jodie Foster. Spike Lee. Four minds working together to cook up quite the cinematic storm. Zooming on a bit, Denzel and Spike tag team once again for the fourth time in years. The original bad boys are back!

One thing that hooks me on Inside Man, besides my favorite actor and my favortie director by themselves, is the three main characters. In the very beginning, Dalton Russell (Owen), the criminal mastermind, takes us inside not only his cell but also his mind. Clive Owen really went to work on this, managing to bring not only a face but also an idea to man who elects to remain faceless. Detective Keith Frazier (Washington), also takes us inside his own mind, as well as Russell's. Frazier truly deserves to be called a POLICE OFFICER! Not a COP like most of his colleagues! I don't think Frazier would have had his prowess and unique way of looking into and at the situation if Washington didn't have his. Finally, there is the powerbroker, Madeleine White (Foster), a woman who does not hear a few phrase without expecting more to come. She does not leave any stone unturned. Jodie Foster also went to work when it was time. When with Denzel, Foster recognized who she was dealing with on screen, and that Denzel and Clive meant business. So she had to give it everything she had.

The other thing about Inside Man, that hooks me is the cinematography which supports the substance of the narrative. The cinematography provides a first-person point of view that most thrillers tradtionally refuse to provide.

And let's not forget director Spike Lee. The crime thriller was not what he was known for, but he totally, and ingeniously pulled it off. When producer Brian Grazer, chose Lee, he chose a director who really knew (and knows) the city of New York. And not just geographically, and not just as a backdrop for all the action. Lee treated the city as character in itself. Lee also invited us to meet the authorities and the hostages, and the criminals as people, dumb and wise, smart and slow, open-minded and shortsighted.

The DVD itself works perfectly. The picture and sound quality is flawless. If you aren't a fan of thrillers that take an "artsy" approach, than this film will not suit you. This is for those who appreciate art as well as suspense...and they only!
13 people found this helpful
TafkaswfReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too Implausible, Background Stories Not Explored, and Too Long
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Inside Man is one of those movies where, if you think it's great, you think it's great because you watched it. Any movie you watch is obviously great. In fact, Inside Man is not great. Get over yourself and get over this movie.

First of all, this movie about a bank invasion (not really a robbery!) is implausible. When it comes to doing a crime, there's a hundred ways to get caught... if you can think of 50 you're a genius. But this movie would have you admire the jerk lead bad guy because he allegedly thought of all 100 and then went on - with three 0thers - to pull off the perfect crime. Oh, and he tells you that too. And only one way in and out of a big bank? And the bad guys brought in all those props in a single trip? And all the hostages can be rounded up and controlled that easily? And you can quietly hide and live in a bank back room for another week after the crime? No, the "Perfect crime by a genius" storyline of Inside Man is implausible.

And then there's background stories that should be explained but aren't. WHAT was the back story behind the bank invader team going after the incriminating proof in the safety deposit box? Did the old Nazi collaborator/bank head do something to the lead bad guy's grandma during the war? This movie doesn't say. WHAT was the old Nazi collaborator's/bank head's back story? This movie doesn't say. WHAT was the back story regarding the diamonds and that Nazi piece of paper found in the deposit box? This movie doesn't say. WHAT is the backstory behind Jodie Foster's mysterious, vague, "fixer" character that makes her so beholden to powerful men and gets her anywhere she wants to go? This movie doesn't say. Oh, and she fails to do what the old Nazi collaborator/bank head paid her to do... doesn't even come close. So why is she still swaggering around, playing coy, and getting paid for failing? This movie doesn't say.

And Inside Man is just too damn long. Too much time wasted on what we're supposed to think is clever repartee and dialogue. It's not clever, it just unnecessarily adds to the length of a movie that wrongly thinks it's clever too.

Finally, those looking for fine acting by Christopher Plummer and Jodie Foster will be disappointed.... they got paid for showing up. Jodie Foster's character was detestable and added nothing to the film. And we rented this movie because another site said Christopher Plummer's character in this movie was one of the best Nazi characters ever portrayed. Not even close. He was nothing of the kind.

In the end, Inside Man is Spike Lee humping the leg of Denzel Washington as Denzel plays the lead good guy character. Not a reason to watch this movie.
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J. C. McleeReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's a fun movie, plot-wise
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It's a fun movie, plot-wise. I was somewhat surprised this was directed by Spike Lee -- much less obvious social commentary than in his other movies, which was was a relief. Not as heavy-handed as he often is. It was well-directed by someone who knows what he's doing and doesn't need to provide anything other than a very solidly made movie. Thank you, Spike! Denzel Washington is a standout as the Detective who takes this big case (his superior is out on vacation) and Chiwetel Edjiofor is his partner. I find Chiwetel Edjiofor to be very attractive, and he is also quite believable as a NY cop. Denzel is his usual cool, hip, likable self, and very believable in this role. It fit him perfectly. The two work off one another nicely. Clive Owen -- just another amazing British actor, lol! He's so inside the character it's hard to know where technique comes in. Completely invisible (technique) and wonderfully compelling. Christopher Plummer, another accomplished British actor (Canadian by birth, British by training) who aces everything he does. It's a subtle, complex role and he sails through it as though it's a walk in the park. Jodie Foster was very interesting as a power-broker female. Incredibly pleasant and ruthless at the same time. An unusual combination that she pulled off brilliantly. I didn't actually like her character, but I admired her. Willem Dafoe in kind of a throw-away role, imo. Nothing particularly stands out in his performance, but the role isn't really fleshed out, either. I could see many other actors (or even actresses) in this role, and perhaps a comic actor to give the movie a few more humorous moments, although Denzel and Chiwetel are funny in some scenes, and there are other humorous bits throughout. But the movie could perhaps have used a few more light moments. However, it's not heavy, heavy, and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the cop-against-master-criminal genre. The movie itself has a wonderful twist and you know it's coming, as Clive Owen's character narrates from the beginning and intimates it's not a straightforward story.
8 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a fun movie. The title is a deceptive clue.
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I watched this about four times and I will watch it again. The direction, acting, story, characters and suspense kept me wanting more. The realization that there were holes in the story didn't bother me a bit-it's a movie. The New York City setting post 9/11 brought an interesting dimension to a story that incorporated one of Bin Laden's nephews and a Nazi sympathizer. Director Spike Lee used the NYC Police Department's crime fighting toys effectively throughout and interestingly when Denzel Washington drove some kind of high tech scooter back to the bank during an extremely tense moment. Light hearted banter between detectives played by Washington and Chiwetel Ejiofor and the woman who refused to remove her clothes was one of my favorite scenes. Denzel' endearing, tough and intelligent public servant is under suspicion of graft yet his supervisor throws him a bone, when the lead detective is on vacation, by assigning him to take the case, fraught with danger against an unknown number of robbers who are holding an unknown number of hostages. He is superb as his girlfriend continues to sell him on the idea of marriage and the dialogue continues to be fun. He wants to wait until he is promoted to get MARRIED and this is the case that could make him or break him. Clive Owen's heist leader character is full of surprises and we recognize this early in scenes he played with the young boy. Jodi Foster sunk her teeth into a smooth, powerful character who was infuriating yet satisfying and amusing when she in turn infuriated the movie's main villain. Willem Defoe and Christopher Plummer were great as usual but the real star of the movie is New York City's melting pot; the powerful and the not so powerful and the intersection of those characters. It had everything I want in a heist movie and more. Watch and enjoy.
4 people found this helpful
JHReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Slow to develop boring convoluted plot - just drudgery to watch
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As I said in the headline. Lots of snippets and scenes that were just filler to extend the running time. You never knew if a scene was filler or important to the plot that developed at a snails pace. Painful sound track. You had to be constantly adjusting the remote - turning the sound up to hear some mumbled low volume conversation, and then having it switch to 100dB background music screaming at you. It wouldn't even allow me the relief of falling asleep during this clunker. I should have known enough to bail after just seeing the opening credits.
Claire de LuneReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Imperfect, but riveting.
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You have to pay really close attention to understand what's going on. I agree with another reviewer who said you could take Jodie Foster out of the film without losing much. However, I suspect reviewers who dismiss this film as the "same old story" didn't really get it. Lots of good acting, and although the film sags for a bit in the middle, it's generally well paced, suspenseful, and funny in an oddball sort of way.
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