got a job you might be interested in"
(Statham) was a car dealer with a shady past but never really did enough
to become one of the main players in London but in 1971 that was all going
to change. When Martine (Burrows) walks back into his life, she offers him
some information on a bank job that could make them millions. Little does
he know that the job is actually a set up by the British Government so Martine
can steal a set of compromising photographs of a member of the royal family
stored in a safety deposit box by a local black supremacist.
is one thing that you can say that the British film industry is good at
and that is making crime movies but can 'The Bank Job' do enough to steal
has been a renaissance for the British crime movie. Hits like 'Sexy Beast',
'Layer Cake', 'Gangster No.1', 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells', 'Snatch'
and 'Eastern Promises' has seen a resurgence in the genre and one that has
also produced many substandard imitations. It also became the main forte
of the British Film Industry, second only to romance comedies starring Hugh
Grant but as we head to the end of the 00s, is there enough interest in
another crime movie set in the heart of London and surprisingly the answer
by the men behind British TV hits like 'The Likely Lads', 'Porridge' and
'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' and movies like 'The Commitments', 'Still Crazy'
and 'Goal!', Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais provide a script that plays
on the reality of the story and the London crime syndicates of the 1970s.
The mix of historical facts, comedy, profanity and crime works well for
the most part but, surprisingly for the dynamic writing duo, the characters
are not as well developed as they should be. For writers who have created
the likes of 'Fletcher', 'Bob and Terry' and 'Oz', this is the biggest surprise
of the movie as most of the characters are stereotypical Londoners and upper
having much to work with in the way of character development hasn't stopped
the cast doing their best. Jason Statham has become Britain's biggest action
star but it is easy to forget he started as cheeky, chappy London actor
who got his big break in movie just like this and he returns to the genre
like he has never been away. Saffron Burrows personifies the upper class
totty of choice and Richard Lintern is slightly different MI5. Stephen Campbell
Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner and Alki David play acceptable gang members
and David Suchet has fun as local mob boss and pornographer Lew Vogel.
'The Bank Job' brings nothing new to the genre but it does provide enough
to keep you interested until the final note is stolen. The fact that this
is based around real events makes it slightly more watchable but fans of
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais will be a little bit disappointed with the
real lack of truly likeable characters that pull off the job.
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good.
Commentary with director Roger Donaldson, actress Saffron Burrows and composer
J. Peter Robinson
The director, star and composer provide a chatty and informative track for
'The Bank Job'. With history about the robbery itself, how it came about
and the changes that were made to the story, this is a track that fans will
enjoy listening to.
Bank Job (16.44 mins)
Director Roger Donaldson, executive producer George McInido, writers Dick
Clement and Ian La Frenais, producers Steve Chasman and Charles Raven and
stars Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Peter De Jersey and Michael Jobson
reveal how the movie came together, the director's influence and casting
Baker Street Raid (14.17 mins)
Historians and film producers talk about the actual Baker Street bank job
and how the film recreates that story. With comments on Michael X, crime
scene photos from the robbery, the HAM radio and the possible Government
involvement, this is a fascinating accompliment to the movie.
Bank Job: World Premiere Parts 1 & 2 (22.21 mins)
Presenter Edith Bowman interviews the stars and filmmakers on the red carpet
as 'The Bank Job' receives its world premiere in London. With an extended
interview with Jason Statham, this offers the star to talk about his career
and of course, the movie.
Scenes (8.05 mins)
With commentary by director Roger Donaldson, actress Saffron Burrows and
composer J. Peter Robinson, they explain why these scenes were removed or
Previews of 'The Spirit', '3:10 to Yuma', 'Chaos' and 'The Kill Point'
DVD treatment for 'The Bank Job' is one that is informative for this real
life story. The featurettes are good and the commentary track is well worth
a listen. Fans should enjoy these extras.
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