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Inside Man
- Denzel Washington

Overview - His time as a director may have seen Spike Lee gently creep away from the controversial material that made his name, but he hasn't lost his eye for creating an entertaining spectacle; INSIDE MAN is a deliriously constructed crime caper designed to keep audiences guessing right up until the final moments.  Read more...

 
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Overview

His time as a director may have seen Spike Lee gently creep away from the controversial material that made his name, but he hasn't lost his eye for creating an entertaining spectacle; INSIDE MAN is a deliriously constructed crime caper designed to keep audiences guessing right up until the final moments. The plot, written by Russell Gewirtz, works from a devilishly simple premise and spins off on a number of interesting and creative tangents. Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and his partner Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are sent to deal with a hostage situation at a bank in lower Manhattan. Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) is a masked man holding a number of people hostage in the bank while its chairman, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), worries about a secret document he has hidden in a safety deposit box in the vaults. Madeline White (Jodie Foster) is a sassy power broker who Case hires to enter the melee in order to get his mysterious object out of the box and out of the bank. As Gewirtz gradually confounds viewers' expectations by threading neat twists and turns into the plot, Lee briefly--perhaps too briefly for hardened Spike fans--returns to the racial themes he overtly tackled in his earlier work. The director uses a number of visual tricks to keep the action humming, such as spectacular overhead shots and grainy, darkly hued posthumous interview clips with the hostages, but INSIDE MAN is essentially a fun popcorn movie executed with an intelligence usually lacking in the genre. While many of the themes--cops are racist, people in power are corrupt, the innocent are persecuted--may be hackneyed, it's testament to Lee's stature as a filmmaker that he manages to pull an engrossing and enjoyable romp from such ostensibly standard subject matter.

Cast List

Terence Blanchard - Composer, WAIST DEEP (2006)
Brian Grazer - Producer
Jodie Foster - American Actress/Director, NELL (1994)
Denzel Washington - American actor, GLORY/TRAINING DAY
Chjwetel Ejiofor
Christopher Plummer - Canadian Actor
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer - Canadian Actor
Daniel M. Rosenberg - Producer, NOVOCAINE (2001)
Jon Kilik
Clive Owen - British actor, CLOSER
Donna Berwick - Costume Designer, INSIDE MAN (2006)
Spike Lee - African American director, DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
Shelton Jackson Lee - African American director, DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
Jonathan Filley - Upm
Wynn Thomas - Production Designer, INSIDE MAN (2006)
Wynn P. Thomas - Production Designer, INSIDE MAN (2006)
Kim Roth - Executive Producer, INSOMNIA (2002)
Barry Alexander Brown - Editor, INSIDE MAN (2006)
Willem Dafoe - American Actor
William Dafoe - American Actor
Russell Gewirtz - Screenwriter, INSIDE MAN (2006)
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer; PI (1997), REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 129
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192884726
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (Language and some violent images.)
  • Release Date: October 2012

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Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: March 24, 2006

Reviews:
3 stars out of 4 -- "Denzel Washington energizes the movie....[He] has the kind of star quality other actors would die for: unfakeable cool." - 04/06/2006 Rolling Stone, p.74


"[Lee's] most polished and satisfying work in years....[Foster delivers] her wittiest, most relaxed performance in ages..." - 03/24/2006 New York Times, p.E10


4 stars out of 5 -- "While he slaloms around the plot's slippery hairpins, Lee relishes the interplay of character that pulses through Russell Gewirtz's screenplay, and a pedigree cast helps him to tweezer out the tensions and innuendos." - 05/01/2006 Uncut, p.146


"Lee orchestrates the high-stakes drama with a slick adrenalised urgency that wouldn't be out of place in a multiplex actioner." - 05/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.57


"Exceptionally well written with clever twists and witty dialogue by first-time screenwriter Russell Gewirtz, INSIDE MAN is adroitly executed by director Spike Lee." - 03/24/2006 USA Today, p.3E


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he first half's a gripper, twitchy and tense with plenty of nods toward modern urban anxieties..." - 08/01/2006 Total Film, p.102


3 stars out of 5 -- "Lee has managed to assemble a fantastic cast, with everyone from relative newcomer Ejiofor, to old-hand Plummer and especially Washington, as the slyly intelligent Frazer, making an impression." - 08/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.108


"It's smart, twisty, and talky." -- Grade: B+ - 08/11/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.56


4 stars out of 5 -- "With a knowing nod to Lumet's DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Spike Lee shows he can deliver a straightforward heist thriller." - 09/01/2006 Uncut, p.128


"The screenplay, by Russell Gewirtz, operates confidently in action mod but is always willing to pause for an oddball encounter, a rambling story or a great, tossed-off joke." - 01/15/2010 Wall Street Journal

 
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