For pure entertainment value, get to know the "Inside Man" - CinemaDave
Apr. 6th, 2006 08:41 pm For pure entertainment value, get to know the "Inside Man"
“Inside Man" is a film that depends on perspective. The film opens with Clive Owen describing the obvious nature of a bank heist. The bank robbery takes place and hostages are taken. As the hostages are shifted from room to room, the perspectives of the person sitting next to you in the movie theatre may also change.
One can easily side with the perspective of the leading man, Denzel Washington. He plays a detective with a questionable past that must negotiate with Clive Owens’s character. He seems to be a worthy protagonist to Clive Owen, until Washington’s character gets outwitted at several key moments.
Jodie Foster and Christopher Plummer have a macro perspective of this bank heist on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. Foster is a facilitator who knows how to get things done with political connections in high places. Plummer has a secret in the bank in which he hopes the robbers do not discover. Willem Dafoe is the overanxious Police Captain who wants to gas the crime scene.
Director Spike Lee has created a good movie by divorcing himself from his limited urban elitist perspective. This time Spike Lee focuses on creative story telling with keen attention to detail. Lee follows the successful techniques of the "Heist" genre and adds his own personal touches. "Inside Man" is a welcome blend of David Niven sophistication with urban street smarts.
Denzel Washington gives a performance with disarming charm. In a strong supporting role with limited screen time, Jodie Foster provides a relaxed performance of a woman with intense power. Best known as the Goth Chick from "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2", Kim Director portrays a hostage with a very identifiable double D-Size bust that provides an obvious clue to the robbery.
As the "Inside Man," Clive Owen proves to be a trustworthy adversary to Denzel Washington. He maintains the delicate balance between being cool and being cold. It is a deadpan delivery that pays dividends when the "Inside Man" has a discussion with an 8 year old boy about violent video games.
While modern in nature, “Inside Man” relies on the conventions of Edgar Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sometimes the best place to hide something is to keep it in plane sight. "Inside Man" is entertaining and should not be missed when it comes out on DVD.