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The Bank Job

drama, thrillers

Inspired by an extraordinary true event, THE BANK JOB is a highly-charged thriller which interweaves a heady combination of intrigue, danger and scandal in early '70s London.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
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5 out of 5

Caper movie mixes clichs, brutal violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this edgy heist thriller has several scenes that show or insinuate "kinky" sex (bondage, domination) being paid for by British government officials. There's also partial nudity (breasts) and a thematic focus on scandals involving pornography and prostitution. Violence includes the prolonged torture/murder of a sympathetic crook; you can also expect plenty of gun use and fighting. Drugs (both dealing and smuggling) are discussed frequently, and scenes show marijuana use, cigarette smoking, and drinking. Language includes lots of "f--k"s, plus other profanity and British slang ("wanker," etc.).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how heist movies tend to portray their "heroes." Even though they're planning robberies, characters like Terry and the guys in the Ocean's movies are sympathetic -- is that realistic? What defines a "good guy" and a "bad guy"? How does this movie make Terry and his outlaw gang seem less offensive than the bad cops and government authorities? Viewers who want to know more about the unsolved real-life 1971 robbery that inspired the movie can click here.

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4 stars

Terrific heist flick and one of the best British films I've ever seen. It starts off quite slowly, but gradually gets better as the plot moves along. The pacing is absolutely brilliant (which to me is always a key element when it comes to my overall enjoyment of the story) and it also features a great deal of interesting characters. I had a preconception that it wouldn't be anything special, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Because this transcends itself high above the usual standard, and even surpasses films like Snatch and Ocean's Eleven (altough they have a little higher re-watch value). That being said, this is positively something I can recommend in good conscience. A true sleeper hit!

- CloudStrife84, Sunday, October 31, 2010

5 stars

Just such a cool movie and excellent heist plot. Usually movies like this are either too silly or too serious, this balanced every emotion perfectly. Not only is it on par with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, in many ways it's better. I love the 70s look and feel, it added a lot of personality and separated itself from the Ocean's movies or ones like it. Jason Statham not only has the coolest personality known to mankind, he'll beat you to a pulp in ten seconds flat and steal your girlfriend whilst jump kicking you in the face. This is not a throwaway plot at all, it sticks with you and delivers on all expectations.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, August 12, 2010

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010