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Movie Suggestion #21: The Bank Job (2008)

Jason Statham

The Bank Job (2008)

Available on: Amazon Prime.

One word review: Charming!

Disclaimer: No spoilers ahead.

IMDB: 7.2

Did you know?

One of the Sherlock Holmes stories was an inspiration behind the actual Baker Street Bank robbery of 1971.

The Bank Job is a thriller film based on the events of 1971 Baker Street Bank robbery that occured in London. The movie is swift and brisk with just over an hour and a half in runtime. Depicting an actual robbery that took place four decades ago, the story is engaging and keeps you occupied.

Jason Statham's charming and elegant presence adds an attitude to the movie. I loved hearing the typical British accents all over the movie; a sheer treat if you love British films. The movie focuses on the robbery for majority of the part which is interesting. But if you compare to other heist movies like Oceans series, I think it has fallen short of greatness especially in the surprising and enlightening elements. I felt the portrayal of robbery scenes were good but not great. Perhaps, they stuck too much to the reality.

Favorite Movie Quotes:

The whole point of having a safe deposit box is so that people like you don't know what's in it!

The story also deals with underworld mobsters, high class brothel, the venality in the British administrative and intelligence offices, and other trivial matters which all were interwoven conveniently with the central plot. I think the film makers were more focused in creating a commercial version of the real robbery rather than an artistic presentation and this was the only drawback which I could discern.

I have a very jaundice view of life. From what I see most of it is corrupt, venal, and vile.

When I saw the title of the movie I was sure that this is gonna be a heist movie. But I had a quick epiphany during the opening scene that I may have watched it earlier albeit I did not remember anything then. So, I watched it afresh and was quite satisfied at the end that I did not waste time in having watched this movie.

Verdict: A quick engaging thriller to watch for movie day hangouts with your friends!


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