The Bank Job is a neo noir from 2008 directed by Roger Donaldson. Donaldson has directed quite a few neo noir and crime films over the years, but I feel this is his best to date. This has Jason Statham as our star, some may only think of Statham as an action star of block busters like Furious 7 and The Expendables films, but he has made a number of smaller budget crime and neo noir films throughout the years. I find him always entertaining and he seems to pick pretty good projects. I reviewed Blitz earlier on this site, along with the noir books in which it was based. I also rather enjoyed Wild Card which I reviewed a few days ago. We also have Saffron Burrows as our femme fatale in this film. Will Statham leave his family and go with our fatale?
This movie starts with a blurry scene of sex on a beach as somebody takes photos. We then see Burrows getting busted in the airport for transporting drugs. Then we find her recruiting her old classmates, who are on the shady side of the law, to do a bank robbery. They eventually agree and start to put together a plan. They are going to rob the security boxes instead of the cash. This is because most people won’t report what they had stolen from the boxes. The bank job is a tense scene, but goes well. They find more than they bargained for and they soon have a porn king, the royal family, and MI5 all on their tail. Will they get away? Why is everybody after them? What do they have that is so important?
This is based on the true story of the Princess Margaret sexual scandal from the 1970’s, and the evidence that was stolen in a bank robbery.
I really like the British neo noir films that have came out over the last 20 years and plan to review more of them soon. These films have something that draws me, maybe it’s the writing, maybe the different culture, maybe it is the accents or maybe they have more original ideas in England for crime stories. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I do find them entertaining.
I highly recommend this for anybody who likes good film. Noir, crime or neo noir film lovers will all love it. Statham fans for sure will love it. If you are not a fan of Statham, give it a chance anyway, it may surprise you.