Who says crime doesn’t pay?
It’s undoubtedly one of the most fascinating stories ever to occur in England, perhaps even the world. It’s also a gem of a British film that’s too often overlooked …
Based on a true story, The Bank Job tells the amazing story of how a couple of blokes decide to rob a bank, but instead become an overnight sensation as the walkietalkie-robbers for stealing money, jewelry and … a ton of dirty secrets of the highest order that squares them off against a whole bunch of shady figures and powerful players.
Amongst those dirty secrets are explicit photos that could prove to be very bad for the British royal family, if this particular news were ever to see the light of day. There is also a little, black book holding the names of every single corrupt police officer and so much more. It is the beginning of a whirlwind of trouble …
Leader of the gang is a man named Terry leather played by none other than martial arts expert and British tough guy Jason Statham. He has to rally up a team with people he can trust, not only do to the job properly but to make sure they won’t double-cross him.
After a bit his team consists of a bunch of colorful characters who each bring something new to the table.
There is a crafty swindler who can get away with pretty much anything, a professional handyman with a nice set of tools, Terry’s best friends Kevin Swain and Daniel Mays of whom the latter is an amateur actor in porn movies (they do serve more than one purpose) and the only female on board, Martine Love – the always and even at older age super-beautiful Saffron Burrows – who is the man, excuse me, woman with the plan!
Of all of the aforementioned, actor James Faulkner takes the limelight. His gentleman presence, old age and wonderfully charming British accent makes you instantly care for the character and you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard of this actor before. He is, after all, so bloody good that you’d sure want to see him in other features as well.
As it goes, James Faulkner doesn’t enjoy the kind of career that has sparked much success (his biggest movie is Bridget Jones’s Diary … yuck!), but nevertheless he does shine a bright moment in his role of Guy Singer.
It’s also important to know that the names of the people who robbed the bank have been changed for the movie to protect the guilty (that’s right, you heard me right, protect the guilty!)
But it’s quite refreshing to see Jason Statham take on a role where he isn’t quite so tough. Usually, he sends cars flying in a massive ball of fire or simultaneously fights three bad guys without so much as a scratch. Not so much in this movie.
Here, Jason Statham is a normal everyday guy who only wants to do good by his family and have them live a prosper and secure life in the future. Granted, he is an ex-prisoner and untrustworthy car dealer, but a bad man he is clearly not.
As far as the movie is concerned, the beginning of it all might come across as a bit confusing as you’ll have to digest through a bit of information. You’ll see a chain of events that at first have nothing to with each other. Only later will you be able to connect the dots. It’s only after the team has been assembled that the movie really takes off!
In the end The Bank Job is a decent flick that neatly combines humor and drama, although it must be said that the drama takes the upper hand as we progress into the final half hour.
The characters, the storyline and the acting is never anything groundbreaking, but it does the job well and you’ll end up liking this movie despite its grim message that – at least for some involved – crime does in fact pay!
did you know?
Mick Jagger makes a cameo as a bank employee.
Give it to me straight:
The bank job tells a delightful story handing off a few decent jokes. Although it must be said that the positive energy at the start of the movie has all but perished once the drama kicks in. Nothing much you can do about it as you’re dealing with true events. Still, you’ll never be bored out of your wits as long as the movie endures.
Jason Statham plays one of his most interesting parts, mainly because this time he does not star as the big Hollywood hero who cannot be beaten in a fight and who’s the only one left standing once the credits roll. This time he plays a character of flesh and blood – the movie is after all based onto real events and so are the characters – and he manages to pull it off!
James Faulkner is certainly on par, although the actor remains an unfamiliar face in the business.
There are many bank robbery movies out there and – although this one doesn’t top the list and never will – it’ll still be enough to call it a cracker to enjoy …