Mar 12, 2008

Now Showing in Theathers: The Bank Job

Genre: Thriller
Duration: 1 hrs. 50 min.
Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, James Faulkner, Daniel Mays, Stephen Campbell Moore,
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producer: Charles Roven, Steve Chasman
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Release Date: March 7, 2008
Writer: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais

Inspired by the infamous 1971 robbery that took place at the Lloyds Bank in Marylebone London, LIONSGATE's ® THE BANK JOB stars Jason Statham (TRANSPORTER, SNATCH, CRANK, THE ITALIAN JOB) and Saffron Burrows (KLIMT, ENIGMA). The highly-charged heist thriller tautly interweaves high-level corruption, murder and sexual scandal in 1970s England. A car dealer with a dodgy past and new family, Terry (Statham) has always avoided major-league scams. But when Martine (Burrows), a beautiful model from his old neighborhood, offers him a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street, Terry recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime. Martine 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 that spans London's criminal underworld, the highest echelons of the British government, and the Royal Family itself...the true story of a heist gone all the right ways.

Movie Reviews:

a movie review by: Joe Williams

Special Screening of Lionsgate's 'The Bank Job'

Jason Statham is a bare-knuckled Brit who has muscled into a marketplace dominated by Hollywood hulks and Asian martial artists. Like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson or Jet Li, he doesn't need critics in order to reach his fan base, so it's noteworthy that for his latest movie, Statham has teamed with respected director Roger Donaldson ("No Way Out") and given the press a sneak peek.

But unfortunately for fans of either cranked-up action flicks or brainy thrillers, "The Bank Job" is just as generic as its name.

It claims to be based on the true story of the biggest bank heist in British history. Although it's shoehorned into a groovy historical context, the 1971 crime is unsolved, so the details — and thus the characters — are a little fuzzy.

Statham softens his image ever-so-slightly as Terry Leather, a London car dealer with a family to feed and a petty-criminal past. That past catches up with him in the person of Martine (Saffron Burrows), a leggy ex-girlfriend who says she knows about a bank whose security system is being deactivated for repairs.

In reality, Martine has been recruited by British intelligence to find some dupes who can break into the bank and steal a safety-deposit box with photos linking a naughty member of the royal family to a black revolutionary.

As Terry, Martine and some colorful cronies use the old trick of tunneling from a rented retail space and up through the bank-vault floor. But what should have been a crowd-pleasing caper lacks both tension and invention.

The getaway is just the beginning of "The Bank Job," as the gang is pursued by spies, cops and a cutthroat porn king, all of whom have dubious reasons to retrieve the loot.

Action-movie geeks who expect Statham to go bloody ballistic will end up feeling robbed.

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