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Inside Man

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Spike Lee
  • 123 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime thriller from director Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. When police detective Keith Frazier is called in as a hostage negotiator following a siege at a Manhattan bank, he thinks he's dealing with a straightforward crime scenario. However, the criminal ringleader scuppers all police attempts to take control of the situation and events are further complicated by the appearance of shady power broker Madeleine White, whose main objective is to protect the personal interests of the bank's president rather than aiding and abetting the police operation.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Detective Keith FrazierDenzel Washington
Dalton RussellClive Owen
Madeleine WhiteJodie Foster
Captain John DariusWillem Dafoe
Detective Bill MitchellChiwetel Ejiofor
Arthur CaseChristopher Plummer
SteveCarlos Andres Gomez
StevieKim Director
Steve-OJames Ransone
ChaimBernard Rachelle
Captain CoughlinPeter Gerety
Sergeant CollinsVincent Colicchio
SylviaCassandra Freeman
WingKen Leung
Mobile command officer RourkeDaryl Mitchell
IlinaFlorina Petcu
Nancy MannSamantha Ivers

Crew

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DirectorSpike Lee

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2006-03-24
Languages
English | Polish | Spanish | Albanian
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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