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Inside Man

7.62 h 8 min2006X-Ray15
Inside Man is the story of a tough cop, Detective Frazier, who matches wits with a clever bank robber, Dalton, in a tense hostage drama. As the dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds, a wild card emerges: Madaline, a power broker with a hidden agenda, who injects even more instability into an already volatile situation.
Spike Lee
Denzel WashingtonClive OwenJodie Foster
English [CC]
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Willem DafoeWakis AhluwaliaAshlie AtkinsonRobert Bizik
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1329 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
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iNUKEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie - Bad/wrong ending!
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Its a good movie, besides the ending.

He bumps into the detective going out the bank, BEFORE the detective even has the ring diamond (thats whats hes going into the bank)
Then again the detective goes to the restaurant and still has the ring diamond.
And then he goes home and has a small diamond.. so how did he lose the diamond?
The move shows the scene where the guy bumps him assuming he snapped the ring diamond out of him.. but he DIDNT HAVE THE RING DIAMOND AT THAT TIME, thats why hes going to the bank, and only after he gets it.

So yea, good movie but really bad basic mistake in the end. I dont know how they could missed this.
Legend of SamuraiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Denzel's role was perfect
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I really liked the plot of the movie, Spike has really outdone himself - not only has it got a fantastic cast but he has shown that he can do more than just Black films or biopics. What i didn't like isn't to do with the film but more of the fact i fell asleep during some parts of the movie.

Overall definitely a classic that i will be watching again the cast was brilliant.
A. R. BlundellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Are we inside the bank trying to get out, or are you outside the bank, trying to get in?
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This is a great movie. The construction is marvellous, and, yes, that is the question. Almost lazily leant into as we start to realise this bank heist ain't over soon. If everyone is dressed as a painter-decorator, who is the painter-decorator?

Best line, tho - to an innocent Sikh guy, working at the bank, who's been brutally taken down by the police: "At least you can get a taxi round here!"
Michael MacneilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 March 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Clever and stylish
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I thought i had not seen this but whilst i was watching it I recognised bits of it. I like most movies with Denzel in but i feel Clive Owen aces it in this one though Denzel was still excellent. The plot is engaging and clever with the odd nod to director Spike previous life as a political director. TBH the core value of the film was unusually (for the director of Malcolm X) the building of Western wealth on the back of the gassed Jews - one of those embarrassing little events we do not get taught in history class!!

The execution of the heist itself is masterful and you do not understand it until you get right to the end of the film - even though i had seen it before!! The favourite little scene which again is loaded with social commentary, was "baddie" Owen looking at the black child's handheld game (which basically was black men blowing each other's heads off, calling each other MFs and killing anyone walking) and Owen saying "i need to go and see your Dad about this game". Of course, all the main characters are black or ethnic, it was a clever mainstream film making lots of social points but keeping it action.
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MICHAEL WILLISReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Inside Man is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank heist in Manhattan, New York during a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the NYPD's hostage negotiator; Clive Owen as Dalton Russell, the mastermind who orchestrates the heist; and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White, a Manhattan power broker who is hired to act as a "fixer" in response to the heist; Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also featured.

Gewirtz spent five years developing the film's premise before working on his first original screenplay. After he completed the script in 2002, Imagine Entertainment purchased it to be made by Universal Studios, with Imagine co-founder Ron Howard attached to direct. After Howard stepped down, his Imagine partner Brian Grazer began looking for a new director to helm the project. After Menno Meyjes turned down the chance to direct, Grazer hired Lee to helm the film. Principal photography for Inside Man began in June 2005 and concluded in August of that year; filming took place on location in New York City.

The film premiered in New York on March 20, 2006 before being released in North America on March 24, 2006. Upon release, Inside Man received a generally positive critical response and was a commercial success, grossing over $184 million worldwide.
ShinsFortressReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Very good. Enough twists in this heist thriller to keep you on your toes, but not enough to make it ludicrous (eg The Prestige).

Good cast, mostly good acting. Two minus points... Jodie Foster (to *her* credit) does as much as is reasonably possible with a character that is poor, a script that makes a difficult to believe character even harder to get to grips with. However, it's not enough and her amoral toubleshooter is a poor component of the film. Oh, and the root of the problems being ill gotten Nazi gains? zzzzz. Okay, maybe it's difficult to come up with original basis for heist thrillers, but if you're going to use the Nazxi bad guy thing as the root cause, then at least expand and detail it well.

As good as Denzel W is, Clive O is even better. He is a more natural actor I think, and I think only needs to make sure he doesn't become over confident or arrogant, to turn in a good performance.
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ElleppiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A perfect example of how an intelligent and moral script can generate an intriguing crime plot. Spike at his best
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Inside Man or How Spike made a hollywood film and still preserved his style and critical approach.
This is not just a excellent crime film with a great plot and actors, but proves how a moral and almost political subtext can make the crime pot even more compelling, intriguing and engaging.
Brilliant twists and dialogues reinforced by the idea of the state of siege around a bank that discloses secrets and hidden truths buried for ages.
A great narrative solution.
Excellent blu ray that let the burning lights as well as the dark moments of the photography gloriously come out
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I love kitty catsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Racist toward brown people / Arabs
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For some unknown reason this film makes very racist jibes against brown people / Arabs along with frequent references to Arab terrorists. Shame on black director Spike Lee for producing this cheap nasty drivel.
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