The Bank Job is inspired by an extraordinary true event - a daring robbery that took place in the 70's, with a haul valued higher than that of the Great Train Robbery. Yet almost as soon as the 'Walkie Talkie Bank Job' happened, a gagging order was placed on the story and it disappeared completely from the media. Only now, over 30 years later, has the fascinating story come to light and the truth behind a right royal scandal been exposed. Directed by Roger Donaldson, The Bank Job reveals an amazing backstory where for once the criminals were the most innocent ones involved.
Definitely one of Jason Staham's better films - watch this if you like heist movies
- The Bank Job review by RP
Supposedly based on the 1971 Baker Street robbery - look it up on Wikipedia. The story goes that the robbery of safety deposit boxes in a Barclays bank vault was a ploy to recover compromising photographs of Princess Margaret used as blackmail material by Michael X and subsequently covered up by MI5 - at least it gives a twist to the story.
This is definitely one of Jason Staham's better films - although he plays a jack-the-lad amateur bank robber, it's not in the over-the-top 'mockney' style of Guy Ritchie but a rather more believable character - and there's no silly martial arts stuff either. The script is by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais so you know it's going to be really well written.
I rather enjoyed this - I'm tempted to give it 4/5 stars even though that seems over generous. Watch it if you like heist movies - it's not at all bad.
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Brilliant script, mediocre acting.
- The Bank Job review by JD
This is one of the most beautifully scripted films even more amazing that it was taken from a real burglary. The acting is a bit minder / softly softly and does not really convince. I would recommend just because it is so incredible that it really happened.
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Nostalgic with characterisations
- The Bank Job review by AB
Enjoyed this film because it was far more plausible than "Lock, Stock ..." films with characters that you could imagine meeting in pubs etc at the time. Also liked the way that several then-current trends were all brought into play during the film - the bank robbery, the porn industry, corrupt policemen, drug smuggling, political goings on.
A very good British film with a wonderful script by Clement and La Frenais and great character acting by all involved.