Tuesday, 8 February 2011
The Bank Job 
The Bank Job isn’t just any heist film, it is a cinematic rendition of actual occurrences – and that makes the film really more interesting. That, and the fact that it’s a quintessential Brit gangster film. And who else to reprise the role of the central protagonist than Jason Statham; he’s made roles like these his very own, and with his deadpan, devil-may-care persona and Cockney accent, he sure is good as ever as a debt-ridden owner of an auto company who ends up taking the job of robbing a bank in London, all the while unaware that a whole lot of political conspiracy is behind it. A lot in the film might have been fictionalized, yet all that occurs on screen is quite believable. The film is fast-paced, well cast, nicely edited and has its fair share of surprises – facets that ensure that it is tailor-made for an entertaining ride. It is also gleefully violent, amoral and has a raw in-your-face kind of brazenness to it, thus making the ride all the more engaging. Okay, this isn’t the kind of film that would stay with me for a very long time, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this brisk and unpredictable thriller – the perfect film to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon along with coke and popcorn.
Director: Roger Donaldson
Genre: Crime Thriller/Docu-thriller/Heist Film