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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Denzel Washington
Jodie Foster
Clive Owen
Christopher Plummer
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Directors
Spike Lee
Screenwriters
Russell Gewirtz
Running Time
129 minutes

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Plot
When well-organised robbers, led by the highly intelligent Dalton Russell (Owen), take hostages in a Manhattan bank, NYPD detectives Frazier (Washington) and Mitchell (Ejiofor) are assigned. It’s not long before the bank’s owner (Plummer) surfaces with ruthless playmaker Madeliene White (Foster) to do his bidding.


Verdict
It’s certainly a Spike Lee film, but no Spike Lee Joint. Still, he’s delivered a pacy, vigorous and frequently masterful take on a well-worn genre. Thanks to some slick lens work and a cast on cracking form, Lee proves (perhaps above all to himself?) that playing it straight is not always a bad thing.


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