Stars: 4 / 5
Inside Man is another of those bank heist movies coming under the category of crime thriller released in 2006. I saw this movie for the first time on Netflix. Usually movies involving heists are of my interest, but this movie captured me for two reasons - introduction of the movie and the opening credits - before the actual plot. Here is my take on the movie.
Dalton Russell (portrayed by Clive Owen) opens the movie with the following lines as a monologue:
My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison. The What is easy: recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery. That's also the When. As for the Why: beyond the obvious financial motivation, it's exceedingly simple... because I can. Which leaves us only with the How; and therein, as the Bard would tell us, lies the rub.
That, my dear wise patrons, is one hell of an opening that will bring everyone's attention to nothing else but the movie. Sure, don’t you want to know "the How" in this heist? I sure would do. :)
Second, the opening credits - who will not move and groove to the amazing tunes composed by A. R. Rahman? Indeed, the song Chaiyya Chaiyya from the 1998 hit Hindi film Dil Se ( = From The Heart). Certainly added beats to the plans of Dalton Russell.
Now the entire plot devised by Russell is very simple, but the way he executes it makes it look very complicated. Drives the minds of Detectives Keith Frazier (portrayed by Denzel Washington) and Bill Mitchell (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor) crazy when they are trying to get into Russell's mind. Well, we have to give points to Russell here - having all the robbers call each other by variations of "Steve", forcing the hostages to undress and wear jumpsuits and masks similar to what the robbers wore - definitely worth lots of points.
The movie continues to show how Russell outsmarts the cops, robs the bank and walks out without any damages - people or property - leaving the cops and everyone dazed. It also follows Frazier and his mind that is always reading Russell's mind and anticipating his next step so he can be one up than Russell. A sub-plot follows the Arthur Case (portrayed by Christopher Plummer) who is the chairman of the board of directors and founder of the bank that Russell was robbing. What is that Case hiding from the world? Why is Russell targeting Case? What is the end motive behind the heist for Russell and his gang? Will Frazier get closer to catch him? Solve the crime? Watch the movie to get the answers and enjoy the heist.
One sore point was Jodie Foster. Nothing against her but never understood why her role was introduced. That part of the plot could be executed without having the role of Madeleine White (Foster) in the movie. It still would have made sense.
Thoroughly enjoyable movie with unexpected twists and unanticipated turns. Don’t miss the ending at any cost - all the crux of the movie lies there. Of course the closing credits again with a remix version of Chaiyya Chaiyya from 1998 hit Hindi film Dil Se composed by A. R. Rahman.