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Inside Man (2006)

Director:
Spike Lee
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Inside Man
RUNNING TIME
129 minutes
Producer:
Bryan Grazer
Screenwriter:
Russell Gerwitz


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Detective Keith Frazier Denzel Washington
Dalton Russell Clive Owen
Madeline White Jodie Foster
Arthur Case Christopher Plummer
Captain John Darius Willem Dafoe
Detective Bill Mitchell Chiweter Ejiofor

 

Review

The new joint is called Inside Man and has an all-star cast dealing with an ambitious and highly professional bank robbery in (of course) New York City. Except for the poignant racial issues running through it, the film is somewhat atypical for Spike Lee, dealing with issues on a macro scale while at the same time not losing sight of the individuals (at least most of them). The mystery is more interesting because of Lee's approach than because of the plot, and the same can be said for the pay-off. To be honest, the character motivation is a bit fairytale, but the direction is delightfully stylish and tight, with a fair deal of amusing tongue-in-cheek dialogue and some very nice pacing as Lee takes time to go a bit deeper than expected into hostage and robbery tactics. The film is highly suspenseful at its best, as we follow the perspective of both the police, the robbers and the hostages. The obvious parallel is to Dog Day Afternoon, although the slick Clive Owen is nowhere near the desperate and bewildered Pacino and Cazale. The best performance belongs to Denzel Washington who makes his character more and more interesting as the story evolves.

Copyright 7.8.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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