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Inside Man
You can’t go wrong with this cast.
Inside Man
Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Spike Lee's "Inside Man".
OPENING WEEKEND: $28,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $82,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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January 4th, 2006: When a bank robbery goes awry, detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) is dispatched onto the scene of the ongoing crime. He quickly finds himself matching wits with a clever bank robber, Dalton Russell (Clive Owen). As the negotiations grow tense, a persuasive power broker named Madeline White (Jodie Foster), sent to protect “certain interests,” suddenly joins the tough, street-smart cop. Still haunted by accusations of misconduct during his last case, Frazier suddenly finds himself in a cat-and-mouse situation that could turn volatile at any moment.

What to Expect: Inside Man could be a departure for director Spike Lee, as he appears to be vying for a commercial hit. The two-time Oscar nominated director of Malcolm X, Clockers, Jungle Fever, He Got Game and his remarkable breakthrough film Do the Right Thing, may be subduing the controversial issues of race and politics this time around. Following his lovingly somber portrait of a post 9/11 New York City in the critically acclaimed The 25th Hour, Lee made She Hate Me in 2004 which was a miscalculation on many levels. In fact, after bursting onto the scene, Lee has been quietly disappearing ever since. You’d have to go all the way back to the mid 90s to find a Spike Lee film that made any major impact. Perhaps this is why he is choosing a much more mainstream story in Inside Man. You can never go wrong with a well-constructed heist film.

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The cast is filled with some of the best actors in the industry who have four Academy Awards and eight more nominations between them. Denzel Washington is Hollywood Royalty at this point. Jodie Foster has been choosing her projects carefully lately, but usually she ends up in really good ones. The two-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe can always be depended on to turn in a fine performance. The up and coming Clive Owen, star of Sin City and Derailed, received his first Academy Award nomination in 2005 for his performance in Closer. At one point, he was even considered to play James Bond and it is easy to see why. He has the allure of a film star and the slyness to portray a mastermind thief effectively.

There really is nothing truly negative that can be said about Inside Man, however, it does feel like one of those films that will ultimately be bound by its genre. If Spike Lee wants a hit, he’ll have to play it fairly safe and, as a result, the film will be quality entertainment without breaking any new ground.

In Conclusion: This should be Spike Lee’s biggest hit in a long time. With so many quality stars attached to the project and the Oscar winning producer Brian Grazer on top, it’s inconceivable that he could possibly fail. Lee should still have the energy to direct a taut thriller and the outcome should be a well-crafted formula film that will deliver some surprises without alienating the audience. Expect it to be a modest hit.

Similar Titles: The Score, Heist, Phone Booth
March 24th, 2006 (wide)
August 8th, 2006 (DVD)

Universal Pictures

Spike Lee

Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Plummer

Total: 31 vote(s).

Drama, Suspense

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Rated R for language and some violent images.

129 min






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