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Inside Man is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist in Manhattan, New York during a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the NYPD's hostage negotiator; Clive Owen as Dalton Russell, the mastermind who orchestrates the heist; and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White, a Manhattan power broker who is hired to act as a "fixer" in response to the heist; Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also featured.
Gewirtz spent five years developing the film's premise before working on his first original screenplay. After he completed the script in 2002, Imagine Entertainment purchased it to be made by Universal Studios, with Imagine co-founder Ron Howard attached to direct. After Howard stepped down, his Imagine partner Brian Grazer began looking for a new director to helm the project. After Menno Meyjes turned down the chance to direct, Grazer hired Lee to helm the film. Principal photography for Inside Man began in June 2005 and concluded in August of that year; filming took place on location in New York City.
The film premiered in New York on March 20, 2006 before being released in North America on March 24, 2006. Upon release, Inside Man received a generally positive critical response and was a commercial success, grossing over $184 million worldwide.
Very good. Enough twists in this heist thriller to keep you on your toes, but not enough to make it ludicrous (eg The Prestige).
Good cast, mostly good acting. Two minus points... Jodie Foster (to *her* credit) does as much as is reasonably possible with a character that is poor, a script that makes a difficult to believe character even harder to get to grips with. However, it's not enough and her amoral toubleshooter is a poor component of the film. Oh, and the root of the problems being ill gotten Nazi gains? zzzzz. Okay, maybe it's difficult to come up with original basis for heist thrillers, but if you're going to use the Nazxi bad guy thing as the root cause, then at least expand and detail it well.
As good as Denzel W is, Clive O is even better. He is a more natural actor I think, and I think only needs to make sure he doesn't become over confident or arrogant, to turn in a good performance.
Inside Man or How Spike made a hollywood film and still preserved his style and critical approach. This is not just a excellent crime film with a great plot and actors, but proves how a moral and almost political subtext can make the crime pot even more compelling, intriguing and engaging. Brilliant twists and dialogues reinforced by the idea of the state of siege around a bank that discloses secrets and hidden truths buried for ages. A great narrative solution. Excellent blu ray that let the burning lights as well as the dark moments of the photography gloriously come out
This DVD is cheap by any standard, but unfortunately this is reflected in its ability to work. I tried to watch this film, unsuccessfully, on three different DVD players. Have since received a full refund.
Despite the fact that Spike Lee had made very little of any note for a great many years after his classic movies... This is a surprising move away from his usual and recent drivel. Its a well photographed, well made and written take on the 'heist movie' genre. It has some great ideas and great twists.
Muy buena película, una trama bastante buena y original (algo parecido (pero solo algo) a Caos), una puesta en escena igualmente buena. La verdad es que no me esperaba una película tan buena, y eso que no cuenta con actores de gran renombre. En cuanto al sonido, se podrían esmerar un poco más con las pistas en Castellano, como así lo hacen en otros idiomas.
Too many reviews to need much more but any film with Denzel Washington usually gets my vote and wallet without questions; add Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and Willem Defoe and it seems a certainty it will be a winner. This is an excellent film with more layers than a Spanish onion.
I watched this film at the cinema when it first came out and loved it. The story is set with Clive Owens leading a team of bank robbers to rob a bank and get away with it. Then plot is clever and with some great twists. It actually took me a couple of watches to see all the little 'clues' along the way. Highly recommended.