Monday, March 10, 2008

The Bank Job Review

I'm kind of a sucker for a heist movie so I wasn't too surprised I enjoyed this one. Donaldson is an adequate director (Thirteen Days is a good movie) but he really struggles to get the story moving in the first twenty or so chaotic minutes. After the story calms down a bit and strands start to come together the film grows exponentially more compelling. Jason Statham, more action star than actor so far in his career, is actually pretty decent here. His love triangle scenes show a surprising skill at acting that you'd never have known if you've only seen his action movies (considering his next two projects are Transporter 3 and Crank 2 I'm not sure he knows either). Saffron Burrows is fine if unspectacular in the manipulative woman with a hidden agenda role. Stephen Campbell Moore and Daniel Mays play two of Statham's chums along for the heist and give nice, often funny performance. I give Donaldson credit, much of the humor here is really effective and doesn't feel quite as forced as the genre often lends itself to. The only other real problem with the movie is that it just feels very long, aside from the miserable first twenty minutes, the film just seems to drag, never so noticeably that you're bored, just simply that the whole thing feels like a bit of an ordeal. Strongly recommend for fans of heist movies and cautiously recommended for others.

Overall Score: 7/10

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