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Inside Man
     

Inside Man

4.3 20
Director: Spike Lee

Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster

 

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The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming power broker steps in to take control of the situation in this hair-raising heist flick directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster. Dalton Russell (Owen) is a bank robber

Overview

The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming power broker steps in to take control of the situation in this hair-raising heist flick directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster. Dalton Russell (Owen) is a bank robber with a difference. In his quest to execute the perfect heist, Dalton has taken every possible factor into consideration. Dalton's uncanny ability of staying one step ahead of the law thwarts even-tempered Detective Keith Frazier's (Washington) best efforts. But there's another factor at play. The bank president (Christopher Plummer) has requested the services of high-profile negotiator Madeline White (Foster). Despite her commendable track record, Madeline is something of a wild card, and before the day is over, this bank robbery will go down in history as one of the most elaborate heists ever executed.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Spike Lee remains something of a maverick American filmmaker. With Inside Man, though, he gets to have his cake and eat it too, crafting a mainstream Hollywood product that also bears the unmistakable signature of its audacious director. Denzel Washington stars as an NYPD hostage negotiator detailed to a Wall Street bank where an armed robbery has spiraled out of control. The heist’s mastermind (a superb Clive Owen) remains cool, dealing from a position of strength -- he has taken hostages and is prepared to kill them if his demands aren’t met. Still, there’s even more to the daring robbery than meets the eye; eventually, we become aware that the roots of this crime lie deep in the past. Christopher Plummer, as a bank president with his own secrets, delivers a forceful, if brief, performance, while Jodie Foster impresses as a power broker hired by Plummer to look after his personal interests in the crisis. Her sudden arrival on the scene adds unwelcome intrigue to Washington’s challenge. Lee’s directorial hand asserts itself through a daring, dramatically effective storytelling device: The action is periodically interrupted by after-the-fact recollections from rescued hostages participating in police debriefings. Lee also injects issues of race and class into the proceedings in ways that would feel gratuitous from a lesser director. Although it is, essentially, a simple thriller, Inside Man triumphs on the strength of its superior ensemble and imaginative direction.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Filmmaker Spike Lee's first foray into big-studio genre movies, Inside Man is a twisty thriller that makes up for its flaws with star power and sharp observations about post-2001 New York. With his keen eye for New York City atmosphere and gift for kinetic camerawork, Lee enhances the tension of neophyte scripter Russell Gerwitz's bank heist and the shifting questions of the robbers' identities and motivations during what becomes a very long night in the life of Denzel Washington's initially confident hostage negotiator. Nothing, of course, is as it seems, as even a superficially slick genre narrative becomes fodder for Lee's witty and ominous commentary about racial profiling, class, and the complexities of New York's ethnic melting pot. Perennial Lee leading man Washington is sterling as a detective who refuses to let anything get in the way of doing his job. Washington's nemesis Clive Owen exudes his signature cool charisma as the steely criminal mastermind, while Jodie Foster has a ball playing a powerful woman whose job title remains an utter mystery. Once the standoff ends, though, the energy dissipates and the multiple endings still leave a few glaring holes. Nevertheless, Lee still succeeds in pulling off the neatest trick of all: making Inside Man sleek entertainment with a brain.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2006
UPC:
0025192884726
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
12,076

Special Features

Over 25 minutes of deleted scenes; Number 4 - From Mo' Better Blues to Malcolm X, director Spike Lee and actor Denzel Washington discuss their creative collaborations from the past up to this latest thriller; Feature commentary with director Spike Lee; The Making of Inside Man - Go deeper into the action with this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Detective Keith Frazier
Clive Owen Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster Madeline White
Christopher Plummer Arthur Case
Willem Dafoe Capt. John Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor Det. Bill Mitchell
Kim Director Actor
David Brown Officer Carnow

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director
Donna Berwick Costumes/Costume Designer
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Kim Taylor Coleman Casting
Mike Ellis Asst. Director
Jonathan Filley Co-producer
Russell Gewirtz Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Producer
Jon Kilik Executive Producer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Daniel M. Rosenberg Executive Producer
Kim Roth Executive Producer
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Kehela Sherwood Executive Producer
Chris Shriver Art Director
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inside Man
1. Who, What, Where, When, Why [4:13]
2. Hostage Situation [8:52]
3. Smarter Than You [7:31]
4. Tactical Situation [4:52]
5. A Small Problem [4:52]
6. Satisfaction Guaranteed [5:18]
7. Asking a Favor [4:35]
8. List of Demands [5:12]
9. Negotiating [11:44]
10. Outside Influence [9:32]
11. Protecting Interests [5:42]
12. Cornered [4:52]
13. Buying Time [6:16]
14. No Options [5:26]
15. Bugged [5:34]
16. Going In [5:39]
17. Got Nothing [5:03]
18. Follow the Ring [8:58]
19. Searching for Truth [6:50]
20. End Titles [5:51]

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Inside Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great acting-Great directing-even though it is Spike Lee. The previous words pretty much take care of everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was pretty good, a new favorite on my list. Basically its about a so called bank robbery going on with the people inside as hostages. Then comes a cop who tries to handle the situation which later starts from bad to worse with a twist..clever.
KJcreative More than 1 year ago
Unexpected ending. Solid actors but no real thrills. Enjoyed the movie but not excited
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm always a sucker for a good bank heist film, but this film left me yawning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy a Spike Lee joint, but this one I didn't understand the significance of. Denzel Washington does his job, as he always does--impecciably. Its interjections of race and class were somewhat trite in a film about a sophisticated bank robbery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spike Lee has directed an unexpectedly compelling and entertaining movie. The cast is studded with stars (Foster, Owen, and Washington are great), the New York details are pitch perfect (real local news vans, true "New York-type" characters), the dialogue is intense (without fake bravado), and the plot sucks you right in. The great thing about the plot is that the movie "plays fair" in the sense that you could have figured the twists out if only you knew which details to look for. Several people to whom I recommended the movie, and who were wary of Lee's usual social commentary, also found the movie to be excellent and talked about it repeatedly afterward. Highly recommended.
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