Friday, September 5, 2008
The Bank Job (2008)
Jason Statham may play the same character in every movie he's in, but he plays it very well. The fearless, bad-ass joker role is just perfect for that face. When this film was in theaters I avoided it completely because its unimaginative title reminded me of The Italian Job, a mildly entertaining but idiotic heist flick in which all the action revolves around Seth Green's character being able to control the world with his laptop computer and supernatural hacking skills. The Bank Job is not about the kind of high-tech, ultra-professional thieves who make it all look so easy while setting up a nice twist ending/practical joke for whomever they're robbing. One reason for that is it's somewhat closely based on the true story of the Baker Street robbery, which was carried out on September 11, 1971 in London. The filmmakers have their own theories about why British authorities suppressed news coverage of the event, and why the case file of one of the owners of a ransacked safety deposit box will remain classified until 2054. If you watch the featurette on the DVD you'll learn that depending on whom you talk to these theories are either wild speculation or "not beyond the realm of possibility". But conspiracy theories aside, the film is well-cast and well-paced, and it's a fascinating story even without the imagined bits.