Inside Man

Inside Man

Spike Lee (2006)

15 Certificate
Mon 29 Jan 10pm - 12:25am Sky One


Our Score
Director Spike Lee returns to form after the ill-conceived She Hate Me with this smart and emotionally complex thriller. One of his strongest films in recent years, it combines a slick heist movie with a subtle exploration of post 9/11 society. Denzel Washington is sharply charismatic as a police hostage negotiator called in after Clive Owen's criminal crew lays siege to a Manhattan bank. What begins as a routine scenario suddenly becomes a powder keg of corruption and intrigue, as a shady power broker (Jodie Foster) arrives to cut an independent deal with the robbers on behalf of the bank's chairman. The subsequent cat-and-mouse game has the character-driven punch of Dog Day Afternoon, but with a dynamic visual and structural style that intensifies the twisting drama. Lee handles the material shrewdly, balancing tension with dark humour. However, it's his succinct commentary on racial prejudice and preconceptions that gives this sophisticated picture its distinctive edge.


A police hostage negotiator is called in when a robbery turns into a siege. The chairman of the bank involved is worried the mastermind behind the heist is set to disclose secrets he needs to stay hidden, so he enlists the help of a political fixer. However, the elaborate nature of the thief's plan looks set to keep him one step ahead of the law, and causes problems for the detective assigned to rectify the situation. Spike Lee's thriller, with Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Cast & Crew

Det Keith Frazier Denzel Washington
Madeleine White Jodie Foster
Dalton Russell Clive Owen
Arthur Case Christopher Plummer
Capt John Darius Willem Dafoe
Det Bill Mitchell Chiwetel Ejiofor
Steve Carlos Andres Gomez
Stevie Kim Director
Director Spike Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray