FILM RATING: 3.5 stars
The Bank Job (2008), director Roger Donaldson’s latest feature film, reminds me visually of his film Thirteen Days (2000) starring Kevin Costner. It has that same cinematic look and tone to the movie. Thirteen Days was set in the 60s during the Cuban Missile Crisis and The Bank Job is set in the 70s. What I love about Donaldson’s last few films is how carefully crafted the periods in which they were set comes through in the movie. Donaldson is one of the few older directors whose work continues to improve and contribute to the craft of filmmaking (like Clint Eastwood). The Bank Job has a great ensemble cast led by Jason Statham, and the story really zips along in this film. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film since my expectations were low with Jason Statham. Statham usually starts in a typcial Hollywood action vehicle with lots of special effects and car chases. But he really shines in this role and shows his dramatic acting ability that I felt in The Transporter (2002) movie.
Roger Donaldson has created another great movie in line with my other favorites of his: The World’s Fastest Indian (2005), The Recruit (2003), Thirteen Days (2000), Dante’s Peak (1997), Cocktail (1988), and No Way Out (1987). The best of filmography in my opinion is Thirteen Days, a very finely acted and crafted film about JFK during the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. But the rest of his films I’ve listed are right up there as well. Check out The Bank Job.