Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Everything But a Heist

His name is Dalton Russell . He is a bank robber. He exhibits no personality or emotion whatsoever (except when he's yelling at misbehaving hostages). His confidence and calm, cool demeanor is a little unnerving. But deep down, he's just a really nice guy.

Well that's the who. But what, might you ask, is the who actually trying to accomplish?

The perfect bank robbery (cue the "Ooohhhh's" and "Aaahhhh's").

Now to the when. Actually, no one really cares about the when, so we'll just move on to the how. How does the who intend to accomplish the what?

By using any means necessary (Gasp!)

And now, the most important addition to our increasingly gripping plot -- Why does the who intend to . . . oh, forget it.
It's not just because he can. As is the case with all other "villains" of this genre, Mr. Russell (Clive Owen) hides a much deeper motive that serves as the backbone of Spike Lee's Inside Man.

It's up to Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) to find out what that motive is, before things get out of hand. If he succeeds, 50 hostages will be saved (not to mention a job promotion and paygrade boost). His comrade, Detective Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor), notes the cost of failure: "If this goes down wrong, they're gonna dump this whole mess in your lap."

Of course, a movie of such suspense would not be complete without a good ol' conspiracy. This is where the gritty, self-assured Ms. Madeline White (Jodi Foster) enters the picture. The elderly president of the bank, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer) hires her out to make sure that his little conspiracy remains under wraps. It's her job to make sure that the contents of a certain safe deposit box remain hidden from both the police and the bank robbers.

Overall, this movie definitely lives up to all of its hype. Great acting by all parties involved. Denzel Washington's sarcasm together with Clive Owen's raw persona are enough to keep you watching for the full two hours.
What will keep you from watching for the full two hours is the never-ending profanity. It seemed to me that 1 out of every 3 words was a four-letter word. Ok, I'm being just a little sarcastic. It was really 1 out of every 4 words. Combined with various vulgar references to certain aspects of human anatomy, the dialogue, at times, can be a wee bit distasteful. If you can get past it, though, I think you'll be impressed with Inside Man's enthralling plotline from beginning to end (especially the end!). And the moral of the story, which also doubles as a teaser . . .

"Be sure your sins will find you out."


Blogger Halo said...

Very good movie but very bad language. 50-60 F-words and at least five or six g-d-n's. If you can get past the language you will be in for a treat.

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