Inside Man

Released 2006


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Spike Lee
Inside Man is a crime drama about a bank heist, directed by Spike Lee. Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) is the leader of a group of robbers dressed as painters who rush a bank and take hostages. Police detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) is in charge of the hostage scene and begins to negotiate with Dalton, who stays one step ahead of the detective in regards to surveillance and the hostage situation. As the negotiations drag on, Frazier is approached by others who seem to have a very different need to get inside the bank, including higher-ups who promise him a better position for assisting them. Frazier's bosses introduce him to Madeline White (Jodie Foster) who asks to go into the hostage situation, no questions asked. She explains to Dalton that her employer is offering money and the ability to get out alive - for a price. Tensions between the cops and robbers escalates as they try to get into the bank, as Frazier continues to get more suspicious about how the bank robbery just seems more than it is. This leads to even more confusion for Frazier, as Dalton implies that more is going on. Time finally runs out and the police try to rush into the building, where more surprises await. Will Frazier get the answers to what's really going on or will Dalton get away?moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Filled with playful noise and nonsense, clever feints and digressions, Inside Man has a story to tell, but its most sustained pleasures come from its performances, especially the t...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Smartly plotted by newcomer Russell Gewirtz and smoothly directed by, of all people, Spike Lee, Inside Man is a deft and satisfying entertainment, an elegant, expertly acted puzzle...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A flashy cast, clever script and vibrant showcasing of New York City as the ultimate melting pot are strong plusses for Spike Lee's most mainstream studio venture.

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Thrillers, Crime