The English media have spent the better part of a year back-and-forthing over the true-or-false plot points of the 1971-set Bank Job, a movie about the plan to steal nudie pics of Princess Margaret from the bank vault in which they were stashed. More important, and about bloody time, The Bank Job is the first proper Jason Statham movie since his days banging about in Guy Ritchies early heists. Statham plays the used-car salesman lured into heading up the job; his model ex-girlfriend is Saffron Burrows, a good six inches taller than Statham; the blackmailing Black Power leader, Michael X, is Peter De Jersey, looking not a little like a beefier version of Jeffrey Wrights Jean-Michel Basquiat. The rest of the cast consists of vaguely familiar British actors (hey, thats the guy from Bright Young Things!) having a laugh--good thing too, as the whole things such a giddy good-time mess that one could happily spend a year surveying the plot for gaping holes, never mind fact-checking its historical accuracy. Truth be told, Roger Donaldsons latest makes Oceans Eleven look like a Maysles brothers documentary.
Roger DonaldsonJason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Richard Lintern, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, Peter Bowles, Keeley Hawes, Colin Salmon, Peter De Jersey, James FaulknerDick Clement, Ian La FrenaisSteve Chasman, Charles RovenLionsgate