Inside Man is one of the best modern thrillers of all time. I originally saw this movie with Tony Vahl in the movie theater and was blown away by it- I felt manic that night and was pumped, and this week I rewatched it with my wife; it held up.
For those of you who missed this hidden gem (WHY? ™ is it a hidden gem) it’s a modern day version of Dog Day Afternoon, except with a TWIST ending.
Spike Lee is usually a controversial director, but this movie is tame to his reputation in terms of playing the race card, although he does manage to put a few realistic racist scenes in (police racism). Spike Lee did an outstanding job in all aspects of the movie.
The cast and acting is an All-Star team. Denzel Washington plays the same Enneagram Type 3 character that he always does but for some reason I never get tired of it, unlike Will Smith’s Enneagram Type 6 that he does all the time. (Am I racist for comparing two black actors?)
Clive Owen, though, steals the f’n show once again. This time he was an Enneagram Type 7 master thinker character. Was he a villain? Yes. Did we root for him? Yes. Was he the coolest bank robber of all time? Yes. Even the most straight men have mancrushes on Clive Owen.
Jodie Foster actually comes late in the movie, but she shines because of how tough and cut-throat she is.
Christopher Plummer is a great corrupt bank president.
Willem DaFoe doesn’t have a role that suits him (dumb LME police chief), and I can’t stop thinking about the Green Goblin when I see him.
The main criticism of Inside Man is that the plot is hard for people to follow (due to the World War II Nazi connection) and that it is unrealistic (hostage negotiations, escpape). I’m not going to argue with someone if they can’t understand the plot. Sorry.
WATCH AND BUY Inside Man [Blu-ray] before Inside Man 2 comes out in 2010 (Oh, you didn’t know? Your @$$ better call someboddddddyyyyyyy!)