Sunday, August 20, 2006

DVD Review: "Inside Man" (2006)


Although "Inside Man" is very good from a purely cinematic standpoint (excellent performances and a combination of camera work and sound that keeps the tension high), has some amusing dialogue and thought-provoking yet subtle social observations from director Spike Lee, once again what we've got here is a thriller that leaves far too many basic plot questions unanswered to be anything other than just average. With such a stellar cast (Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer appear alongside the advertised stars), another re-write of the script to plug the holes would have prevented the work of this all-star ensemble from being wasted.

Long on promise, but short on delivery.

Overall rating: 5/10

14 Comments:

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Brian said...

I total let down. The movie kept rolling along and we found ourselves waiting for the big moment that never happened. The racial stuff had no business being in this type of film either.

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

"racial stuff had no business being in this type of film either."

How dare that racial stuff rear its head in a movie without having any business!

I saw it on the weekend too. Thought it was pretty good but a tad far fetched (i.e. the diamond in the pocket move at the end).

I'd give 'er a 7 on 10.

 
At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Dahl said...

I liked the film alot. Contrary to those who say it was just a commerical exercise for Spike, I saw alot of social criticism on capitalism that permeated the film. I agree though that a few questions were left unansweared at film's end. Did you know Hugo Chavez is a fan of this film?!

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger David said...

I agree, this was a fun, but mediocre film. Expensive payroll for the output.

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

Nice spin Bob. What about the "holy shit, he's a Paqi" (or something very close to that) when the cops picked up the Sik dude after he was let go. Or the 5 minute argument about the Siks Turban? I don't think it fit and wasn't necessary is all.

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Personally, I liked that part because while there were 50 people held up in a bank at gunpoint, we had some guy whining about his civil rights being violated and caring more about that than the fate of his fellow hostages who were at risk of being killed. In this day and age, I thought it appropriate.

I also liked the conversation that Clive Owen had with the little black kid about violent video games and how it implied that 50 Cent and his "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" message makes him a horrible role model for youth.

 
At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The scene with the Sikh for me showcased cultural ignorance and fear not the whiny liberal spin you drew from it. You know your a conservative when....(!)

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

I believe that's "you're", not "your".

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

That's deep anonymous. Especially for a movie about a bank robbery. Wonderful job at missing the point and then making a personal attack. Good dialogue.

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Perhaps the bank robber was also being culturally ignorant when he rushed to judgement about the role gangsta rap plays in emboldening inner city youth and giving them a sense of pride.

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

On a lighter note. Watched the Matador the other day and I didn't like it at all. Brosnan and Kinnear give great performances but the movie didn't go anywhere. Don't make it a priority.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

I agree with the Hammer on this one - when the guy was in the coffee shop chirping about his civil rights, I thought... uhhh there's 40 other people in there you should be thinking about pal. But that's the modern western world... me me me.

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian, id like to lock you in a room with no windows.

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

You'd lose, Anonymous. Trust me on that one.

 

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