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INSIDE MAN: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Specialist New York Detectives Frazier (Denzel Washington) Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) get the job of working with Emergency Services chief Captain Darius (Willem Dafoe), negotiating with extra smart bank robber Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) after Dalton's gang invade the Manhattan Trust, taking hostages. Just as things are getting serious, along comes Madeline (Jodie Foster), a power broker hired by the bank's chairman Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), whose secret mission complicates matters even further. Meanwhile, the hostage situation worsens.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
It's no easy leap of imagination to twist the conventional bank heist / hostage crime drama into something as new and gripping as Inside Man, but the combo of writer Russell Gewirtz and director Spike Lee have managed it. The twist is in two extra layers to the basic story; one is to do with the motive for the heist, the other to do with the execution of it. The former engages our intellect, the latter engages our visceral sense of thrill.

Meticulously cast, the film never lets up from the no-nonsense opening (after some stylish opening titles), as Dalton (Clive Owen) introduces himself and his plan to rob a bank. But don't take his words at face value: he has more up his sleeve than he lets on.

Washington and Ejiofor as Frazier and Mitchell make a terrific cop duo, less than perfect, keen for promotion and Frazier's seductive partner waiting for him adds a sexy sidebar to the central event of a giant, complicated and clever heist. As the dust settles and the smoke clears, we discover the full impact of the secret mission that brings Madeline (Jodie Foster) into the game - another unexpected element.

Technically excellent, performed to perfection, the film delivers as an above average thriller, with not only a satisfactory big picture, but full of rewarding cinematic details.

Published August 31, 2006

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INSIDE MAN: DVD (MA15+)
(US, 2006)

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

PRODUCER: Brian Grazer

DIRECTOR: Spike Lee

SCRIPT: Russell Gewirtz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matthew Libatique

EDITOR: Barry Alexander Brown

MUSIC: Terence Blanchard

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Wynn Thomas

RUNNING TIME: 125 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 30, 2006

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: None

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: August 23, 2006

DVD RELEASE: Universal Home Entertainment







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