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  • Summary: Acclaimed actors Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster come together to explore the lure of power, the ugliness of greed and the mystery of a perfect robbery in this combustible new crime drama. The powerhouse actors play tough New Yorkers who must outwit one another to protectAcclaimed actors Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster come together to explore the lure of power, the ugliness of greed and the mystery of a perfect robbery in this combustible new crime drama. The powerhouse actors play tough New Yorkers who must outwit one another to protect competing interests in this skillfully penned and tightly helmed thriller. (Universal Studios) Expand
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. The thrills in Spike Lee's singularly savvy thriller are in small unexpected moments.
  2. 89
    As with all of Lee's films, there's much more going on beneath the surface than is immediately apparent.
  3. It twists in on itself mercilessly, rarely pausing to let the viewers catch up, but that's OK. A movie like this depends on staying at least a step ahead of its audience, and this one surely does.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    The movie crackles with the serio-comic tension of thin-skinned New Yorkers thrown together in a crisis.
  5. Go with the flow, and it remains a taut and well-engineered thriller. Poke at plot incongruities, as I was doing literally on the way to the parking lot, and it starts to unravel.
  6. It's got style and charisma to spare, with all the characters acting from fiery reserves of self-interest, including Christopher Plummer as a bank president with a secret in his safe-deposit box.
  7. A fairly routine heist drama and a never especially believable puzzle film.

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  1. Positive: 75 out of 94
  2. Negative: 13 out of 94
  1. Jul 7, 2014
    10
    Inside Man was an action packed, tense and suspense filled, and overall exciting movie. This movie is going into my book as my favorite movie.Inside Man was an action packed, tense and suspense filled, and overall exciting movie. This movie is going into my book as my favorite movie. The actors were absolutely amazing and they fit their part.

    If I had to watch a movie over-and-over again, this would be it. It is filled with energy and is absolutely incredible. The soundtrack was amazing and fit well in the movie. The actors were well placed, and were great at their job.

    Clive Owen's ego and personality really fits the character "Dalton Russel" as explained. Denzel Washington also did a fantastic job of "Detective Keith Frazier." Overall the actors of this movie really had a place and knew what they were doing.

    If you are looking for an action-packed, somewhat comedic, and suspense-filled movie, you should really check out "Inside Man." Spike Lee has outdone himself on this one, as it is a well put together film that is sure to please you. It is rated 'R' so be careful who watches it. Overall great movie.
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  2. DexterJ.
    Mar 25, 2006
    10
    Wow.. This movie was spectacular.. I really enjoyed it. The theatre I was in unfortunately had a fire alarm when it got to the part where Wow.. This movie was spectacular.. I really enjoyed it. The theatre I was in unfortunately had a fire alarm when it got to the part where Clive Owen walked out of the bank just like he said. And words cannot describe how bad I want to see what was going to happen after that.. Once again.. fantastic movie. Expand
  3. Ryan
    Apr 14, 2006
    9
    This movie was very well done. The story was intriguing, the acting was great, and there were enough plot twists to keep you guessing. This This movie was very well done. The story was intriguing, the acting was great, and there were enough plot twists to keep you guessing. This is definetly a thinking man's movie. Excellent use of the cameras and pacing. This being my first Spike Lee movie (I was too young to see most of them), I will most definitely check out his back catalog. A great movie overall. Expand
  4. MarkM.
    Mar 25, 2006
    8
    Implausible yet oddly entertaining, a testament to the fine job of the cast and director I suppose. Given the way the plot (finally) plays Implausible yet oddly entertaining, a testament to the fine job of the cast and director I suppose. Given the way the plot (finally) plays out, it's quite ironic that the "getaway car" is a Volkswagen. Expand
  5. S.Gold
    Mar 29, 2006
    7
    A good film with the best thing being the acting from the leads (especially Foster) but Lee's inserts only subtract from the film, a fun film.
  6. HansjakobW.
    Apr 12, 2006
    6
    Entertaining but a little self-satisfied, Lee's film has moments of great energy and tension interspersed with scenes that seem Entertaining but a little self-satisfied, Lee's film has moments of great energy and tension interspersed with scenes that seem interminable. And what's with that old chestnut, the Nazi war criminal? Can't anyone count any more? The Christopher Plummer character would have to be in his 90s if the film's "explanations" had any roots in reality. Find some other reasons why movie characters can be odious and evil, WW ended over 60 years ago! Expand
  7. SirShelby
    Mar 26, 2006
    0
    This movie is an insult to intelligent movie making in every imaginable sense. The story is flat out lame, with the super "surprise" ending This movie is an insult to intelligent movie making in every imaginable sense. The story is flat out lame, with the super "surprise" ending being nothing more than a tired joke. Now it seems that everyone from critics to casual movie goers have been willing to excuse this movie solely based on the great cast. Which would have been understandable, had the acting itself not been the greatest weakness of this pretentious mess. Washington gives one of the worst performances of his career here, playing a sarcastic know-it-all cop who is annoyingly juvenile and devoid of any compelling thoughts or emotions.i.e., he and his partner stare at a female victim's large chest while interogating her, making light of her emotions. (this is supposed to be funny) Foster is also terrible playing a mysterious liason with her own agenda. Dafoe is miscast as a clueless police captain. Owen is the only exception here, suffering through an under-developed role. The movie is ruined by random attempts at comedy, both intentional and unintentional, which ruins any suspense or tension that might have helped it. THE BOTTOM LINE: A pretentious hollywood film that trys to pass itself off as an updated Dog Day Afternoon, but instead feels more like a failed comedy with an A-list cast. Expand

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