Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2006. Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, GH Two. Screenplay by Russell Gewirtz. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique. Produced by Brian Grazer. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Wynn Thomas. Costume Design by Donna Berwick. Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.
Enormously enjoyable thriller by Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington as a police detective dealing with a bank heist in which thirty hostages have been taken by a group of thieves (led by Clive Owen) intent on robbing the bank’s safe…or are they? As the situation progresses, Washington begins to see signs that these guys aren’t playing for the usual Cash & Carry goals that drives this kind of crime; when a glamorous power broker (Jodie Foster, relishing the opportunity to play bitchy without a single apology) comes along representing the interests of the business tycoon (Christopher Plummer) who owns the bank being held, Washington begins to piece together a mystery that dates back over fifty years. It’s a thrill to see the wonderful genre of heist movies being given the Spike Lee spin, and this one has plenty of wonderful surprises, some of them easy to spot coming and others completely unpredictable.