The Bank Job (2008) - Crime, Thriller

Hohum Score

3

Breathtaking

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 14 out of 191 found boring (7.32%)

One-line Reviews (183)

It is an insane job to use all these elements based on a true story and bring a throughly entertaining and engrossing film-making experience.

Yes, well, the heist goes somewhat wrong, sort of, and the negotiations after the fact are what makes this movie exciting, and we are privy to the very real concerns of top echelons in the English government and corruption within the Police Force.

The best part is that the pace and thrill of the movie holds you back at the edge of your seat and result is a thrilling action flick where Jason Stathom stands out.

What they are really in there for though, are certain photographs of a member of the royal family engaging in acts the government would rather have kept under wraps.

I went to this movie with the hope that it might be enjoyable action/thriller.

Films like this thrive on tension and while the heist and the exit plan are entertaining, they are rarely tense.

Worth watching!

It does get pretty intense, in a number of scenes.

The most glaring flaw is probably with the editing, which was incredibly disjointed and abrupt.

Regardless, it's a very entertaining film and Statham and company are fun to watch.

I expected this movie to be somewhat entertaining, and maybe a bit cheesy.

Decent yet predictable caper flick based on the real-life UK heist circa 1971 where a small group of associates knock off more than they can chew involving a Royal Scandal in the making.

Director Roger Donaldson is back in form with the deliberately paced yet entertaining genre flick that actually gains momentum in its third act and Statham proves to be the British Bruce Willis with his street-smart charms while Burrows sizzles.

all in all this movie should entertain the lot of yas even the British/English accents were entertaining so watch and cheers to great movies.

), and the experience of seeing it is thoroughly enjoyable.

If it had stayed lighter throughout, I'd have enjoyed it much more.

Here is a script that serves a purpose, to retell how an event had some unexpected consequences.

We are treated to a movie with an intelligent screenplay, full of snappy exchanges between some adroit performers.

Don't waste your time .

The nonstop action was such a huge problem, it bumped down this otherwise entertaining, and interesting flick.

Well made and exciting modern crime caper .

This instigates a couple of reasonably suspenseful sequences such as a policeman on his beat paying a random visit to the shop the crew have rented and are subsequently using to burrow from.

)Then suddenly, during the second half, writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais rediscover the form they had when they wrote the brilliant early 70's Richard Burton vehicle "Villain", and "The Bank Job" becomes really entertaining, gritty, seedy, violent, fast moving and complex.

I think the fact that The Bank Job is based on a true story makes it more intriguing then it possibly should.

Go in with low expectations and you will find the film somewhat enjoyable.

Gripping from the start, it continues weaving its complex web of corruption in early 1970's London right through to the end.

For instance, a foreign expert is brought in, and he gives a demonstration in a basement, much like Cesar le Milanais in Jules Dassin's Rififi--but the memory is devastating, because this movie is nowhere near as fresh and suspenseful and atmospheric as that Fifties gem.

There are some truly intense scenes mixed with a brilliant British slang.

and Boring .

All in all, I enjoyed it quite a lot, and I recommend it.

Knowing that this was based on real life events made it just that more entertaining.

Great entertaining fun and really a movie gem.

The Bank Job does a pretty good job of staying on the fine line: most is explained, little is really confusing except that making it simple, with all the bit and pieces of real facts in the way, doesn't make a convincing mixture.

Over-thorough character introductions cause a slower build in the early stages of the heist, but such complications likely arise from fewer liberties taken with the "based on a true story" events, and the result is a fascinating look at criminals, the corrupt, and those least guilty.

Sporting complex consequences for a relatively straightforward plot, The Bank Job remains intriguing throughout as each set-up leads to ever more suspenseful twists for the likable group of ragtag antiheroes.

Overall, it was an enjoyable movie and worth the $14.99 for the DVD.

But mostly I just wonder what a royal princess could do nowadays that would make us do anything other than yawn?

it builds throughout the movie to a gripping last hour of action and suspense.

But it's one hell of an entertaining movie.

The language of the film is genuinely intriguing, as it captures wonderfully wry British slang.

) I was happily surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is a very enjoyable film.

Great humor mixed with intense moments of anxiety and love and suspense.

As the story of a 1971 bank robbery begins, the setting in London, the parade of seemingly unconnected stories and characters is rather confusing, complex, disjointed.

It's supposed to be a gripping thriller, that's all, and it succeeds.

As it is though it is a solid and entertaining thriller that moves along well enough on its own.

While this one is not at that level, it is easily watchable, if ultimately a bit empty.

Though the people making demands continually change, our attention is always seated with Jason Statham's unusually intense performance.

Thrilling British Heist Flick .

I expected this movie to be somewhat entertaining, and maybe a bit cheesy.

Such is the change in both content and atmosphere post-robbery, when there is a general sense of panic as well as a torture scene that it feels as if the film has matured somewhat; grown up out of the flashy and Ritchie inspired knock-about caper and rather merged into something else, a tale of survival as these petty criminals just try to survive as they take on the British government.

This is especially clear when judging the confusing first thirty minutes of the film where you never quite sure who is who or even who is screwing who.

This was one I got involved with & felt the gripping tension.

The only complaints I have of the film are that the characters do get a little cheeky from time to time (but hey, they're British, so it's kind of expected), and there's a couple flashbacks/lapses in time that are initially confusing - although everything is clearly laid out about halfway through.

That's okay, we just watch to be entertained, and this is entertaining.

Heist Films Are Usually Entertaining, And This Is No Exception .

Instead, this film is fast paced straight through, and doesn't stop with the fast cuts and nonstop talking until the end credits.

'The Bank Job' is a funny, sexy, and thrilling ride set for anyone who can dig it (see, the film's making me talk 70s already).

This movie delivered some funny, intense action scenes.

Jason Statham is wildly unpredictable, his movies being either very good or very bad.

Unpredictable, this movie is a great entertainment for those who are looking for their hearts to pound a hundred times a minute for an more than an hour.

I am sure with all the adrenaline pumping through them they are going to just fall asleep.

Engaging and suspenseful .

Also as previously mentioned the beginning as well is quite boring.

The script was incredibly bland except for a bit of well placed humour.

" suspenseful ending.

The subplots are vague and uninteresting and the "seventies" style is not well-explored (sometimes even made irrelevant).

The real stars, of course, are writing partners Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who have been doing this thing since the '60s and whose script is so witty, entertaining and well-rounded that it would have been impossible to get it wrong.

Entertaining, with roots in truth .

The most intriguing part of the film has to be the British intelligence scenes.

Also compelling is Saffron Burrows - a dead-ringer for a young Charlotte Rampling - who stars as the seductive go-between who lures Terry and his men into a plan that may well lead to their undoing.

This was an exciting and intense film.

In fact, this turns out to be a fairly interesting and entertaining (even moreso because it's based on an actual event) story of a bank robbery set up by the British Secret Service to save a member of the Royal Family from embarrassment.

The plot was so fascinating and based on a true story it makes me wonder how much of the movie is truth and how much is fiction.

What happens after the robbery is just thrilling to watch, will they get away with it, won't they?

i highly recommend it to anyone into high quality heist plots both from realistic( quiet historic even in this case) as well as artistic ones.

Enjoyable, if a little thin on the ground on looks and feeling.

Roger Donaldson has directed some very exciting movies before.

After the first ten minutes, I feared that my fears had been confirmed; but as the film moves on, it grows into itself and turns into one of the most exciting and entertaining crime thrillers of this decade.

The movie is fun to watch and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

The editing also contributed to the other enormous flaw with this film: its confusion over its own identity.

engaging .

enjoyable, quasi-conventional heist picture with cool Statham and some twists .

My overriding impression of the film when I walked out of the theater was that the movie was a messy piece of work.

This movie is one of the most entertaining i have seen in a long, long time.

Then, the scene shifts abruptly to London, and the implication of the next few scenes seems to be that this will be a fairly standard, cliché story about a guy who owes money to unsavoury characters and pulls off a bank robbery to save himself.

Its thrilling, enjoyable and at times tense.

The film still ends up being entertaining and, as a bit of historical escapism, succeeds.

Modestly Enjoyable Cockney Crime Caper .

Another British heist movie; thrilling, nostalgic and intriguing addition to the genre .

Solidly Entertaining and Atypical Heist Film .

This movie is full of intense action and great wit.

It has a thrilling and riveting story, with interesting twists and turns and good characters.

The pacing of the movie is done very well and it is exciting throughout.

My dad kinda shoved this DVD in my hand and told me to watch it, I'm glad I did because I quite enjoyed it.

Overall a very engaging movie.

Daniel Mays, who I enjoyed in a very small role last year with Atonement, is great comic relief and his interactions with the third of the friends, Stephen Campbell Moore, is always entertaining.

It is advertised as being based on a true story, but it is filmed like a typical Hollywood action-heist film complete with the cheesy musical score and every cliché in the book.

Jason Statham is Terry Leather, happily married and with two little daughters, but his car repair business seems on the edge of foundering.

Admittedly for the first half hour I did get quite bored, the characters weren't really memorable and the set up seemed really dull.

The Bank Job is fast, smart, and so well made that I can only agree with Richard Rupert of At the Movies with Ebert& Rupert, "The most entertaining heist movie I've seen in years".

He struck me as pretty bland compared to everyone else.

(without giving spoilers away i am sure you will not get disappointed at that chapter either, comes at an unexpected moment and perfect timing and delivers enough to enhance the plot, not undermine it.

that's more like confusion, don't you think?

It is great when one is surprised by the unexpected when you watch a film.

Based on a true story, London car dealer and artful dodger Terry Leather (Jason Statham) is having slow business so former model who has a thing for him Martine Love (Deep Blue Sea's Saffron Burrows) makes him an offer.

It takes a known concept but it has twists and turns which put the movie on different perspectives,at the same time it results unpredictable.

Intelligent, entertaining, and very very good .

Quite an enjoyable movie to sit through if you're into the whole heist thing.

However these are only a minor flaws in an entertaining movie.

performance) and highly entertaining script, this movie keeps ramping up the excitement and tension and it all culminates in a breathless climax.

The Bank Job maybe Jason Statham's best movie (excluding his role in the first Expendables movie) I really enjoyed it it is not your usual Statham movie.

It is easily the most enjoyable film I've seen this year and I am looking forward to more films from Jason Statham in the future.

Roger Donaldson's sharp, suspenseful, and very human crime drama, based on, apparently, a true story of what some minor criminals find in the safety deposit boxes in a small bank, delivers what is critical for a heist movie to succeed:1.

Moreover, the dialogues were quite average, & the characters were quite bland & so i couldn't care less as to what happened to them.

One of the most entertaining movies of 2008 and it's a shame it didn't get wider release.

Despite a weak, B-rate feeling opening, The Bank Job manages to pull itself up and shape into a wildly engaging, gritty, realistic heist film that holds nothing back and does not have the comfy, playful feel of the Ocean's films.

Either way, it's a fun ride and worth watching if you enjoy a nice caper and can look past the usual problems that most filmmakers today ask you to.

This is a very exciting film, with lots of action, as well as plenty of violence, some of it gross, as various factions go after the contents in possession of the robbers.

Worth watching?

The Bank Job doesn't re-invent the wheel, it just spins it at a really entertaining pace.

Decent yet predictable caper flick; Donaldson returns to form & Burrows & Statham excel .

I liked seeing Poirot as a vile pornographer, and they even dragged Lord Mountbatten's name into all this-!

Since it's based in a true story, this film is quite enjoyable to see at home.

The story is fun and somewhat thrilling.

In short "The bank Job" is worth seeing due to many enjoyable moments and also because it sheds light on a fascinating true story.

When I first ventured into the theater, I was expecting to see a very entertaining movie, with plenty of car chases, some flashy editing, and maybe some martial arts to satisfy the younger and most restless members of the audience.

It's entertaining, and would have been without its irrelevant nudity.

Way too fast paced and confusing for it's own good, but still consistently entertaining, .

What happens in the station is very exciting, because bad guys suffer from dressing downs.

It was also far too long.

), and the experience of seeing it is thoroughly enjoyable.

The plot unfolds slowly, as life tends to do, with enough unexpected twists and turns to keep you interested right on through.

Enjoyable heist movie .

It was also rather dull during the initial stages and I kept nearly falling asleep only to be woken a few seconds later by the noise.

It's a fascinating piece of twentieth century history brought to vivid and memorable life in a gripping and stylish film.

If you like action films that are actually boring, still don't see this movie .

The dialogs however turn bland once in a while and sometimes the story strays too often away from its main plot .

But its core story is compelling enough to carry any little flaws in the structure- by that, I mean, there's sometimes so much at stake that it leans towards becoming some kind of political thriller- by making it about the criminals, and they're ambitious, creative (if 'been there done that') style of drilling and tunneling into a bank vault.

While most of these moments have their entertainment value, essentially they serve to drag out the film's running time.

A great, unique movie this is not, but it is one that provides close to two hours of complex but highly suspenseful antics that keep the viewer glued to the screen.

Colourful characters and a light and often engaging script contributed to this films charm.

This movie could have been really good, but because of the pragmatic and ultimately boring way it is told, somehow it turns out to be just another heist movie when it should have been the greatest of them all.

True elements and a certain amount of conjecture make this one intense movie .

Burrows is just absolutely stunning and enough acting ability to serve her purpose.

He is the man who have gave us quite a good number of entertaining flicks and does one of his career best performances here, Saffron Burrows has done a good job also and looks quite pretty, others were also very good in their respective performances.

The fact that the movie was based on factual events makes it the more enjoyable.

Mainly though it is an enjoyable heist caper that succeeds because of good pacing, exciting action scenes and a talented cast.

Engaging, and by no means bad .

The rest of us will be disappointed and bored.

The crew were boring, the villains were boring and the politicians were boring.

A better director might have made this sparkly and fun, but in Donaldson's hands it's just plodding and dull.

It's safe to say "Bank Job" is one of the better heist flicks made in awhile, with so many tired and repetitive stories being told.

This is a smart thrilling crime story with good solid characters, a plot with twists and turns, and a cast superbly fit for their roles.

That aside, this was an enjoyable caper film.

It's a completely different understanding of the criminal in society and I find it endlessly fascinating to catch all the little things that are different than what would be in an American crime flick.

com review, might make this film even more exciting for you:1.

As caper flicks go, all I really hope for is something that succeeds in being both novel and entertaining.

Overall, this is a great, entertaining British heist film.

It's fast paced and credible, though I'm not sure how closely the story hews to historical fact.

)I found the film to be thoroughly entertaining without requiring lots of mental input or intense concentration.

They rent an empty shop two doors away from a bank and plan to tunnel under the intervening Fast Chicken restaurant until they're under the vault, then melt their way upward into the sacerdotal sanctum itself, bust open all the boxes, and make off with all the loot.

Donaldson can also handle intense human drama as he proves here and in films such as the brilliant "The Bounty".

Solidly engaging and entertaining crime story with good delivery .

We've seen the heist dozens of times, even done by Woody Allen, but to see it with the knowledge that it is chronicling true events makes it exciting: They lease a shop near the bank and start digging a tunnel underneath the middle shop to reach the bank vault.

Exciting action film .

Its an enjoyable film, good story, production wise nothing special; could be a made for TV movie, there wasn't much action surprisingly and the jokes were thin on the ground; a snatch copy it 'aint.

This movie is full of intense action and great wit.

If you like this genre I recommend you to watch the much more thrilling ones as THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, ENTRAPMENT or THE Italian JOB.

The result is that the plot is sloppy and forgettable, while the action is boring and unsatisfying.

But within the boundaries that director Roger Donaldson sets up, he knocks it out pretty well, if only in the sense that it's the kind of film that gets a better, or more involving for the audience, as the robbery and its convoluted consequences get more intense.

It's possible this was part of an effort to artificially create a hectic action-film style pacing, but many of the scenes were slow, boring, and unnecessary, so that really doesn't qualify as an excuse.

He and the cast created believable characters in a movie that is absorbing from start to finish.

The film boils down to an exciting and suitable conclusion that ensures that everything ends on a high.

Astonishingly enjoyable .

Excellent caper flick - well worth watching .

Other than this being somewhat confusing if you're not paying close attention, I have very few other complaints.

British TV writers Dick Clement and Ian La Franais deserve a lot of credit for finding this story, sealing the rights and bringing it to life in an entertaining and creative way, regardless how much is actually true.

A deep intense political thriller,in my opinion.

The actual bank job is fairly straight forward, but it's only a small part of the overall story and all of its delightfully suspenseful complications.

The story of the Baker Street bank robbery is perfect for an exciting thriller.

The title of this movie sets audience expectations at a very low level as it suggests that what's going to follow is a thoroughly predictable, run-of-the-mill heist thriller.

When the credits roll and the explanation that "the names have been changed to protect the guilty" flashes on screen, we realize what a delightfully flourished yet entertaining tale of "doing the wrong thing" The Bank Job really is.