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Parents' Guide to

The Bank Job

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Caper movie mixes clichés, brutal violence.

Movie R 2008 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Soft Porn - Terrible Movie

Not for kids or teens. Awful movie with a lot of sex, and gratuitous nudity throughout.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

crappy movie, but i loved the fight scene

this movie sucked, the only good part was the fight at the train station

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Statham is surely charismatic, but the film is defined by its thinly drawn characters (the stereotypical militant, the hypocritical politicos) and by-the-numbers plot. Though Terry probably believes himself when he tells his wife that "All I want is to get out of the game," he's also plainly thrilled by challenge, the chance to beat the system one more time. But he's surprised by the ferocity of his adversaries, who have much more at stake than he does. These include not only the politicians caught with their pants down, but also a gangster who keeps cops on his payroll and a militant who's used the princess photos to blackmail his way out of a prison sentence. As Roger Donaldson's movie keeps track of all these plot strands at once, it becomes more procedural than compelling.

Meanwhile, per heist movie formula, Terry's bad behavior is offset by the even worse behavior of his opponents. Theft, deception, and adultery don't look so terrible compared to murder and torture, especially since the robbers seem like they're having fun, trusting and kidding one another in ways that the generally humorless assortment of gangsters, pimps, revolutionaries, and authorities can't manage.

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