Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Amazing Tale of Unsolved Theft; Cinema THE BANK JOB *****

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Amazing Tale of Unsolved Theft; Cinema THE BANK JOB *****

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(15, 111 mins) Thriller. Jason Statham,

Saffron Burrows, David Suchet,

Stephen Campbell Moore, Keeley Hawes,

Alki David, Daniel Mays

Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, the writing partnership behind The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, pen this dramatisation of true-life unsolved crime in 1971 London.

The Bank Job pilfers all of the essential ingredients for a heist movie: dodgy geezers, glitches in the master plan, a close call with the rozzers and some earthy dialogue.

Unfortunately, Roger Donaldson's thriller tunnels through familiar ground and the film is handicapped by a lifeless leading man with all the charisma of a crowbar.

Shady car dealer Terry Leather, (Statham), thinks he has hit the jackpot when model Martine, (Burrows), invites him to take part in a robbery, targeting the safety deposit boxes in Lloyd's Bank on the corner of Baker Street and Marylebone Road.

The plan is simple: dig a tunnel into the basement of a shop and up through 3ft of reinforced concrete into the bank vault. …

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