Inside Man (2006)

by missizziemcguinness


‘My name is Dalton Russell’

Inside Man is a film about a guy called Dalton Russell (who doesn’t repeat himself and he’s played by Clive Owen) whos brilliant plan to rob a bank turns into a hostage situation to be investigated by three police officers Detective Keith Frazier (Dezel Washington), Captain John Darius (Willem Dafoe) and Detective Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and a badass broker called Madeline White (Jodie Foster). The movie also stars Christopher Plummer.

It has an excellent go to cast, and although I’m being a bit one sided as Clive Owen is my favorite actor but he carried the whole film on his head, even though he spent half the movie in dark glasses, a black hoodie and white cloth over his mouth. He manipulates the audience, breaks the fourth wall, isn’t even scared of the results even if the police found him and he’s a scary and domineering character. Most of the other performances fell flat and it felt like they were playing alongside and Clive Owen could have just done a two hour duologue with Jodie Foster and Chiwetel Ejiofor because some of the scenes were a bit stringy and he had the police force wrapped round his little finger.

However, it was a decent film. It’s very relevant considering the hostage situations in various countries in the world at the moment but some of it was tiring. Maybe that was for an effect so that Dalton Russell is trying to make us feel weaker and vulnerable.