Review Date: April 21, 2008
Director: Roger Donaldson
Writer: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Producers: Steve Chasman, Charles Roven
Jason Statham as Terry
Saffron Burrows as Martine
Richard Lintern as Tim
And that’s one of the aspects that separated this film from the dillion other such “bank robbery” flicks: its insistence on showing the lead character’s home life and “love affair” with his wife. Of course, a movie wouldn’t be a movie without some love triangle possibilities, hence the inclusion of one skinny-ass Saffron Burrows, looking her Burrowest (Any time I see her in a movie, I’m reminded of her awesome scene from DEEP BLUE SEA in which she removes her wetsuit as the brainy shark is headed towards her. Great…acting!). But the film is ultimately all about movement and pacing, and if you enjoy flicks that move, move and then move some more, this one is ideal for you, because it actually encompasses about 12 different subplots within the bank job itself, but never really gets into slow-motion details about any of them. If you’re not paying attention for a minute though or can’t understand every single word that every single person is saying all the time (I didn’t, as some of those British accents were quite strong!), you might fall a little behind the maelstrom that becomes this film’s storyline, but the good news is that it only lasts about 100 minutes, although I could see how it could easily have been a 3-hour picture, if the director had chosen to lengthen his scenes, expand on back-stories and slow it all down.
But as it stands, the film moves at a clip, features a fun soundtrack and score, moments of gritty intensity, mild sexuality, plenty of intrigue and yes…even a half decent bank job! Its final sequence was also very nicely handled. I enjoyed it all, but did get a little lost along the way and would have liked it to have been paced a little slower and longer, but as is, it certainly is an entertaining British crime caper (not unlike Guy Ritchie’s earlier stuff, although less hip and frenetic). And the fact that it’s apparently based on a true story makes some of its crazier happenings…that much funner to watch. Statham for President…of kicking ass!!