: The Bank Job
I thought this was a standard bank caper/con job sort of film, but because it’s based on a real life story, it’s much different. Everything gets really convoluted, just like in real life. Let me see if I can explain the mess. Basically in 1971 the British government tried to prosecute a bad drunk dealer from Trinidad, but he apparently had taken compromising pictures of the royal princess — thus rendering him immune from prosecution as the govt. couldn’t afford to let him release the photos. But MI-6 learns the pictures are in a safety deposit box at a certain bank in London and since they can’t do anything official, they recruit a group of semi-criminal losers to rob the bank. The thieves think it’s just for the money and know nothing about the photos. Everything goes as planned, to an extent, but then the thieves discover that in the safe deposit boxes are a mobster’s account ledgers which incriminate a slew of cops on the take, as well as a madam’s compromising video and pictures of some of her high-profile government clients. Everyone wants their stuff back, of course, and suddenly the robbers are being chased by everyone: the cops, the mob, MI-6. It’s crazy!
Despite such complexities in plot, the film works — it’s easy to understand what is going on and the complications and problems are hilarious. Excellent film. Not particularly deep, but definitely fun and well-done.