Tuesday 18th January 2022

Inside Man (15)
Directed by: Spike Lee
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

News just in: young, controversial filmmaker Spike Lee is old. The director, famous for Afro-American themed films and bold political statements, will be fifty next year, which must go someway to explaining how he has managed to direct somewhere in the region of forty films.

Clive made no attempt to hide his phone hygiene paranoia
Clive made no attempt to hide his phone hygiene paranoia

The latest to be released in cinemas is Inside Man, and Lee has used every minute of his experience to make this one intense, intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable. Clive Owen (Sin City, Closer, Croupier) stars as a mysterious man who claims to have planned the perfect bank robbery.

However, you could be forgiven for thinking his plan lacks finesse when his gang bursts into the bank with guns and take the customers hostage. Not exactly the undetected raid we're used to seeing at the cinema in the likes of Ocean's Eleven and The Score.

Denzel Washington (Man on Fire, Training Day, Crimson Tide) plays the police negotiator who engages Owen in a real battle of wills as he tries to save the hostages and bring the team of robbers to justice.

Washington's performance is very good, as always, but it is a shame that Oscar-winner Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs) is given too small a part to work with to be at her best. Owen does what he's best at, being the calm, deep-voiced anti-hero, but he is let down again by his suspect American accent, which at times disappears altogether. It's a shame he was made to change his accent, as there is no reason why his character couldn't have been British or any other nationality.

However, the most impressive performance comes from the less famous Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots, Serenity, Love Actually) whose flawless American accent and ease in the role will surely convince many that he isn't British at all!

Inside Man is an extremely accomplished heist movie, which is gripping and engaging from the start and is paced to perfection. The tension builds throughout and will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat right up to the climax, while its mixture of mind games, humour and adrenalin is a cocktail that you simply have to sample.

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Length: 129 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 24th March 2006

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