The Bank Job : Movie Review

There have been a lot of heist films recently and their popularity, well for us, have never been better. There's something about successfully pulling off a robbery and striking it rich in an instant. Well, Ocean's Eleven fantasies aside, can The Bank Job pull off a heist itself or be caught up with the oh-so-many others in the same genre?

The main drive of the film for us is its plot. Who could say how much of it is actually true but it is based on actual reality (The Baker Street Robbery). The flick starts off when Jason Statham's character, Terry Leather, is having trouble with some loan sharks. He dreams of giving a better life for his wife and daughters but it seems an impossible dream. That all changes when Martine Love, his old girl friend, proposes about robbing a bank. It sounds oh-so-simple but in as it turns out, there are a lot of things going on behind Terry's back. In the end, let's just say that the Monarchy, the Government, the Police, some dirty mobsters and a Porn Film Maker get all mixed up in this unusual-yet-true mess.

The film for us was really effective in every sense. It never got boring at all; we even dare say it rivals the effectiveness of Ocean's Eleven. Even though there was a lot of talking between characters, the film never felt dragging; it actually even felt very exciting as event upon event unfolded in succession. It was also effective in showing the characters' different lives. From minor characters like Ann Gale Robinson to Terry Leather himself, we really felt a connection when someone suffers or dies. The film also was effective in conveying realism and humanity. It, even though had very whimsical events, never felt unreal. You could actually see how unprofessional they were in robbing a bank for example. This is a film everyone would enjoy; not for the whole family though as it has lots of mature scenes.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- a great heist film, even more incredible that most of it is true!
- never gets dull or boring

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- if you are are younger than 13, watch this in a few years!
- the British accent may be hard to understand in some scenes
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