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The Bank Job

3 Ratings: 3.7
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Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Release Date: March 7, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
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The secrets of the vault

  • Nov 15, 2008
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

(The quotations below are fictitious. Any quotations bearing a resemblance to any other quotations from persons living, dead or in the movie are purely coincidental)

1. "Let's rob a bank this week"
2. "Seems a little too easy, doesn't it?"
3. "You wouldn't believe the stuff people keep in safe deposit boxes"
4. "What do you mean `radio silence'?"
5. "I think it just hit the fan"
6. Money talks, but it doesn't take pictures or keep ledgers
7. "Why is everybody after us?"
8. "We can't tell you any more until 2054"

Based upon true events, this movie is about a group of amateur bandits who successfully robbed a British bank, and made off with the obvious stuff, plus some incriminating photographs and a tell-all ledger book.

Set in the `70s, it includes a part of the story of Michael X, a revolutionary and civil rights activist, leader of a Black Power movement, and apparently a pimp, drug dealer and blackmailer. The rest of his story (not all of which is in the movie) is even more interesting, as he had the support of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and other prominent figures of the time. Despite the backing, he hastily returned to Trinidad, his birthplace, where he started a commune. After investigations began into his possible involvement in a homicide case, he fled to Guyana, where he was captured. He was hanged in Trinidad in 1975, but his case file is sealed until 2054.

Anyway, back to the movie, Jason Statham stars as the leader of the bank robbers, who realizes a little late that there's something awfully convenient about the heist. Apparently, the purloined secrets of the vaults affect many people - famous, infamous, criminal and law enforcement - and there are some who would kill for the information.

Not for younger viewers due to some (though not that much) adult content, violence and profanity, this is an entertaining (albeit not perfect) bank heist film, with some interesting historical content.

Amanda Richards

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